A History-Making Sale
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Chris Sale tossed eight shutout innings, giving up just two hits without walking a batter in last night’s heartbreaking 2-1 loss to Texas. Striking out 14, Chris fanned every hitter in the lineup at least once and struck out the side in his final inning of work…In setting down the 14 Rangers batters he joined Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez as the only pitchers since 1900 to strike out 12 or more in five straight starts…Sale also has whiffed 10-plus in six starts in a row, becoming the first pitcher to do so since Johnson in 2002…It was his 25th career game with 10 or more strikeouts, which extended his franchise record…The 14 strikeouts are tied for the second-most in his career (high is 15), accomplishing it three times…The Sox ace is the first pitcher in club annals to strike out at least 14-plus and issue no walks…In his last six starts he’s been magnificent: 45.1 IP, 75 Ks, 7 walks and a 1.19 ERA…Also, he has struck out at least one batter in 35 consecutive innings, the longest active streak in the big leagues…Click on the link below to see Sale’s latest virtuoso performance:
Apart from his excellence on the mound, Chris participated in a terrific defensive play with Jose Abreu in the fourth inning last night (click on the link below):
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (2-1, 3.86) for the Sox, RHP Nick Martinez (5-2, 2.76) for Texas.
Quotes of the Day
Sale, showing he’s as much a leader as he is one of the most outstanding pitchers in baseball, talked to the media after last night’s tough loss:
“…You think I’m going to say something bad about one of my teammates? You’re dead wrong. We have a bunch of fighters in here. We have guys that come in here every single day and play as hard as they can, plain and simple. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn’t.
“Tonight it didn’t and it hasn’t for a few games. But that doesn’t mean that we’re doing anything different or trying anything or going to point a finger at anybody. We’re a team, we’re family and we’re going to move forward. This is going to stop. We’re going to win a game. And from that point forward we’re going to win some games.”
Robin on the antidote to a team’s struggles on the field:
“You have to stay disciplined in the game and come in here with a positive attitude and ready to go. It’s easier said than done on some points, but you’re pros and you come in here and you expect to turn around and have a good effort. That’s required of everybody. There’s no exception to that.”
A Family Affair
Ninety current and former White Sox employees who worked at old Comiskey Park were welcomed to U.S. Cellular Field for a reunion prior to last night’s game against the Rangers.
Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and Senior Executive Vice President Howard Pizer headed the welcoming committee that greeted employees past and present who worked in every conceivable baseball function, including operations, communications, marketing, sales, stadium operations, television and ticketing. While Sale was dominating the Rangers, co-workers and friends from a variety of White Sox front-office eras took photos with their smart phones and reminisced. The “Bertucci Boys,” Bobby and Bruno, whose association with the team dates to the 1970s, hosted the wingding in their Patio in right-center field.
Names or faces of former employees in attendance most recognizable to fans included organist Nancy Faust, team photographer Tony Inzerillo, outfielder Ron Kittle, baseball operations exec Steve Noworyta, traveling secretary Glen Rosenbaum and first baseman Mike Squires. Noworyta currently serves as assistant director of player development for the Philadelphia Phillies and Squires is a scout for the Cincinnati Reds.
“The loyalty shown to Jerry and Howard by tonight’s turnout is a testament to their leadership and the culture they have maintained in the Sox front office,” offered Paul Jensen, White Sox “PR guy” from 1984-88 who later enjoyed a 15-year career with the NFL Arizona Cardinals. “It’s a great place to work and every person here tonight feels privileged for the opportunity.”
Also attending the event was Steve Schanwald, who cut his teeth in marketing with the White Sox. He is retiring later this month following a distinguished career as executive vice president with the Bulls.
Pictured below are the Chairman and Noworyta, Kittle and Schanwald, Faust and Rosenbaum:
White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series and five-game homestand. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-7, 4.03) for the Sox, RHP Yovani Gallardo (6-6, 3.16) for Texas.
Added to tomorrow’s ballpark experience, the Sox will welcome the Stanley Cup and members of the three-time NHL Champion Blackhawks. A special pre-game ceremony honoring the champs will punctuate the visit.
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season...
In Game 67 on June 18 at U.S. Cellular Field, the White Sox came back from a 3-1 deficit heading into the ninth inning to cap off one of the most dramatic wins of the season–a 5-3 triumph over the Dodgers. Tadahito Iguchi walked to lead off the ninth and moved to second on Frank Thomas‘ ground ball. After Paul Konerko flied out to center for the second out, Carl Everett singled home Iguchi to make it a 3-2 game. Willie Harris came in to run for Everett and proceeded to steal second. Harris then scored the tying run on Aaron Rowand‘s single and the Sox went home a winner on A.J. Pierzynski‘s two-run homer. Cliff Politte (4-0) earned the win in relief of Freddy Garcia, who tossed eight solid innings.
Photos of the Day
Tyler and Nancy Flowers launched the Flow’s Buds program yesterday morning in partnership with the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, which provides kids in crisis with the support and guidance they need to realize their own potential and to make positive decisions. Tyler and Nancy donated $20,000 to the Mercy Home and will donate $1,000 for every White Sox win. They also will provide baseball and softball equipment and bring the youngsters out to ballgames.
The event must have inspired Tyler, who hit his fourth home run of the season last night (shown below) for the lone Sox tally.