Let the Rodon to Recovery Begin Tonight
Monday, June 15, 2015
White Sox vs. Pirates at PNC Park, Pittsburgh (6:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a brief two-game series that concludes the five-game road trip. LHP Carlos Rodon (2-0, 2.66) for the Sox, LHP Francisco Liriano (3-5, 3.25) for the Bucs.
Rodon makes his 10th major-league appearance and seventh start with five of his six previous starts quality outings. He is the first White Sox rookie to allow one or no earned runs over six-plus innings in at least four straight starts since right-hander Bruce Howard went five in a row in 1964-65. Rodon is 1-0 with a 1.11 ERA and 23 strikeouts during that stretch.
Carlos recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts in six innings on June 4 at Texas. He became the youngest White Sox pitcher (22 years and 176 days) to strike out 10 or more batters since Jason Bere (22, 117) fanned 12 against the Angels in 1993.
Although he suffered the defeat in the Sox’ 2-1 loss to the Rays, Chris Sale was outstanding and certainly did enough to win. He went 6.2 innings, allowing two runs, three hits and struck out at least 12 for the fourth straight game and had double-digit Ks for the fifth start in a row. How special is his strikeout streak? The pitchers with the most consecutive starts with 12 or more strikeouts since 1914 comprises a very short list–two Hall of Famers and Sale. They are Pedro Martinez (5 in 1999, 4 in 1998 and 2001), Randy Johnson (5, 1998) plus Chris.
And here’s more on the red-hot Sox ace: a video compiliation of his recent strikeout prowess and some commentary.
Quote of the Day
Coach Mark Parent, who managed the Sox in place of Robin Ventura this weekend, on the team’s offense:
“Sooner or later it’s got to change. We have to start getting some hits, we have to start chasing each other around the bases more. That’s what people are doing to us. We need to do it to them.”
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…
In Game 62 on June 12 at San Diego, Aaron Rowand‘s three-run homer in the 10th inning broke a 5-5 deadlock as the first-place White Sox defeated the Padres, 8-5, to win their 42nd game of the season. Carl Everett and Joe Crede both hit solo blasts as the Sox pounded out 13 hits. Reliever Cliff Politte upped his record to 3-0.
White Sox vs. Pirates at PNC Park (6:05 p.m. CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-6, 4.00) for the Sox, RHP Charlie Morton (4-0, 2.05) for Pittsburgh.
Photo of the Day
The response to this Jeopardy answer is, “What is Pittsburgh?”–home of the Pirates. The Sox aim, of course, is to prevent the “Jolly Roger” flag from being raised in the next two days.