It’s Sale Day in St. Pete, Fulmer Day in Omaha
Sunday, June 14, 2015
Must-See TV for Sox Fans
A couple of White Sox-connected pitchers from Lakeland, Fla. will take center stage today with the opportunity for fans to see both of them perform on TV. Ace Chris Sale will be on the hill for the Sox vs. RHP Nathan Karns (3-3, 3.86) and the Rays in the finale of the three-game series from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg at 12:10 p.m. CT on WGN. Tonight, our No. 1 draft pick Carson Fulmer will make the start for defending champion Vanderbilt in the Commodores’ College World Series opener in Omaha vs. Cal State-Fullerton at 7:00 p.m. CT on ESPN 2.
Sale is set to make his 12th start of the season, sixth on the road and first against the Rays. He is 3-0 with a 0.40 ERA, 39 strikeouts and a .152 opponents average over his last three starts. Chris extended his winning streak to three in his last start on June 8 vs. Houston after allowing just one run on five hits with 14 strikeouts over eight innings. He retired 13 of the final 14 batters he faced and his 14 strikeouts matched the highest of his career. Sale also will attempt to become the first pitcher since Pedro Martinez in 2001 to strike out 12 or more batters in four consecutive starts.
Conor Gillaspie hit a two-run, pinch-hit homer (click on link below) with Adam Eaton aboard (pinch-hit walk) in the top of the eighth inning to give the Sox a 4-3 lead, but the Rays rallied in the bottom of the eighth to win, 5-4…Jose Abreu went 2-3 with an RBI, Melky Cabrera singled in a run and Jeff Samardzija threw seven solid innings while striking out seven.
Quotes of the Day
Three MLB scouts were asked by @scotgregor to give scouting reports on Sale. No surprise here.
“What’s great about Sale is he has exceptional stuff and exceptional ability to use his stuff. And he’s left-handed to boot. His delivery…who have you ever seen that has that delivery? You hear a lot about his mechanics possibly leading to health problems, but look what he’s done the last four, five years. I’d say he’s pretty doggone durable.”
“He is definitelly one of the Top 5 starters in the game; the Top 1 on a lot of nights. I know (last Monday night) he was 98 (mph) on his 113th pitch. Then he threw another five or six that were 97.”
“It’s an electric fastball, it’s an electric breaking ball, it’s an electric changeup. Everything.
For me, the only thing you’ve ever questioned is his durability because of the body. Other than that, it’s top rotation stuff. He’s a competitor and he throws strikes with all of his pitches. He’s really good. Really good.”
A Change in Melky’s Way
White Sox vs. Pirates at PNC Park, Pittsburgh (6:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a two-game series that concludes the five-game road trip. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (2-0, 2.66) for the Sox, LHP Francisco Liriano (3-5, 3.25) for the Bucs.
Photo of the Day
With their 2-1 victory last night, the Blackhawks are a game away from winning the Stanley Cup. Jose Quintana and his teammates say, “Go Hawks.”