Pitching Prevails In Sox Win, Rubber Match Of Series Today
Sunday, June 21, 2015
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 CT, WGN) in the rubber match of the three-game series and finale of the 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 today’s ballpark experience, the Sox will welcome the Stanley Cup and members of the three-time NHL Champion Blackhawks. A special ceremony honoring the champs will punctuate the visit.
Pitching was the key as the Sox ended their eight-game losing streak with the 3-2 win over the Rangers…Starter Carlos Rodon (3-1) went six innings, allowing just two runs, four hits and three walks along with five strikeouts…The bullpen came on strong to pitch three perfect innings. Zach Putnam struck out the side 1-2-3 in the seventh, Zach Duke struck out two in the eighth and David Robertson set the middle of the Texas lineup down in order in the ninth for his 14th save…Adam LaRoche and Alexei Ramirez delivered an RBI apiece and Adam Eaton went 2-4 with a run scored.
The streak ends, Sox fans cheer:
Rodon is 3-0 with 1.88 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 24 innings in his last four starts at home.
Quotes of the Day
* What makes Chris Sale so great? According to his catcher Tyler Flowers, it’s the inconsistency of his pitches. Just hear him out (via @davidjustCST):
“Sometimes it sinks. Sometimes it cuts. Sometimes it goes straight. He doesn’t really know what it’s gonna do. I don’t know what it’s gonna do. The hitter certainly doesn’t know what it’s gonna do.
“All of his pitches play off each other. He’s got some that are hard, some slow, some that fade, some that cut, a sweeping slider, a little misdirection, something breaking in on left-handers and another that breaks away on lefties.
“He’ll throw a fastball in there to certain guys at 88 with a heavy sink. Other guys he’ll throw it 98 and changeups at 78 or 90. And there’s no signs for that.”
* Here’s Flowers on the potential of Rodon (via @ESPNChiSox):
“The funny and scary thing is he can get a lot better. His stuff is that good where he’s able to get by with missing some spots here and there. If he can hone in the command, which has gotten a whole lot better, then we might have two Sales.”
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Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…
In Game 68 on June 19 at USCF, the White Sox came from behind to defeat the Dodgers for the second consecutive game, completed a three-game sweep over L.A. and won their fourth in a row. Down 3-2, Aaron Rowand singled in a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Sox a 4-3 win. Cliff Politte (5-0) earned the win in relief as he did the day before and Dustin Hermanson chalked up save No. 16 as the first-place South Siders improved to 46-22.
Photo of the Day
Happy Father’s Day to all the White Sox Dads!