Beckham Completes Rare “Parents Daily Double”…Sox Target Twins Tonight
Monday, June 22, 2015
White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and nine-game road trip that continues with four at Detroit and two at St. Louis. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (3-7, 5.16) for the Sox, LHP Tommy Milone (3-1, 3.67) for Minnesota.
Look closely at the photo above. You’ll see that the picture on the left shows Gordon Beckham after his ninth-inning, walk-off single sunk the Reds, 4-3, on Mother’s Day, a game easily identified by the pink wrist bands signifying breast cancer awareness. The image on the right, with Beckham wearing blue wrist bands representing the prevent prostate cancer campaign, shows the Sox veteran yesterday after his game-ending homer defeated the Rangers, 3-2, in 11 innings on Father’s Day–completing the rare “parents daily double”…Gordon’s homer, his fourth of the season and first walk-off homer of his career, most likely wouldn’t have been the clincher if the Sox defense hadn’t executed two clutch double plays to end the 10th and 11th. The first was of the 4-6-3 variety, the second a 5-2-3 DP–and it was Beckham, a defensive replacement for Conor Gillaspie, who initiated the twin killing in the 11th…Melky Cabrera had the first five-hit game of his career with a double and four singles…Sox pitching was once again outstanding. Starter Jose Quintana tossed seven innings, allowing just two runs, five hits and a pair of walks while fanning five. Zach Duke, David Robertson, Zach Putnam and Jake Petricka each pitched an inning of scoreless relief with Petricka earning his second win of the season…The Sox are now 11-4 vs. the American League West.
Here are Beckham’s walk-offs…
…and the two key double plays:
Quote of the Day
Beckham, talking after yesterday’s game about his homer and the Sox’ reality:
“I feel I haven’t been doing that much lately. So that was a big pick-me-up for me and a great win...We know we have to start kicking it into gear. I think everybody realizes that. You’re starting to see the offense come around a little bit. I feel like we’re having a lot better at-bats.”
Zach Putnam: Strikeout Machine
Even Jeff Samardzija and some of his fellow pitchers got in on the fun yesterday.
Quite a Father’s Day in Charlotte
The Charlotte Knights, the White Sox’ Class AAA affiliate, put it all together yesterday afternoon with strong pitching and an explosive offense in a 13-1 walloping of the Indianapolis Indians for their seventh victory in a row.
Erik Johnson continued his outstanding pitching, tossing eight shutout innings for his sixth win. He hasn’t allowed an earned run in 25 consecutive innings.
The Knights pounded out 18 hits and tied a franchise high for a single game with six homers–two each by Micah Johnson, Matt Davidson and George Kottaras, who belted a first-inning grand slam. Trayce Thompson went 2-5 with two RBI.
Kottaras has been red-hot with three homers and 11 RBI in his last two games.
Adam Eaton’s New Best Friends
White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR). Probable Starters: RHP Samardzija (4-4, 4.67) for the Sox, RHP Mike Pelfrey (5-3, 2.97) for Minnesota.
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…
In Game 69 on June 20 at U.S. Cellular Field, the first-place White Sox won their fifth game in a row in an 11-8 slugfest over the Royals, pounding out 17 hits. Paul Konerko (No. 18) hit a three-run homer with four RBI, Frank Thomas (No. 6) and Jermaine Dye added solo homers and two RBI apiece and A.J. Pierzynski went 3-4 with two runs batted in to pace the attack. Neal Cotts (2-0) was the winner in relief and Dustin Hermanson registered his 17th save as the Sox claimed victory No. 47.
Photos of the Day
What a scene. The Stanley Cup, a visit from the Blackhawks and Sox players and their families on Father’s Day.