It’s Sale Day with a Series Win in Sight
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (12:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the rubber match of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (6-3, 2.74) for the Sox, RHP Phil Hughes (5-6, 4.47) for Minnesota.
Sale is set to make his 14th start of the season, seventh on the road and third vs. the Twins. He has joined Pedro Martinez (1999) and Randy Johnson (1998) as the only pitchers in MLB history to strike out 12-plus batters in five consecutive starts. He will set the record today with a 12-plus strikeout game.
Chris is 3-1 with a 0.72 ERA, 65 strikeouts and a .132 opponents average over his last five starts. He received a no-decision in his last start on June 19 despite striking out 14 over eight scoreless innings and allowing just two hits. He also became the first pitcher in Sox history with 14-plus strikeouts and zero walks.
The Sox ace is 7-3 wth a 3.29 ERA and 90 strikeouts lifetime vs the Twins and 4-2 with a 3.86 mark and 44 strikeouts at Target Field.
Last Night’s Highlights
It’s hard to beat strong starting pitching, scoreless bullpen work and a 15-hit attack complete with clutch hitting. That was the Sox’ formula last night in the 6-2 win over the Twins…Starter Jeff Samardzija tossed seven innings, giving up only two runs while striking out seven in winning his fifth game of the season…Zach Duke (0.1 IP) and Jake Petricka (1.2) came on to throw two scoreless frames with Petricka earning save No. 2…Jose Abreu went 4-5, Adam Eaton 3-5 with an RBI, Geovany Soto 2-4 and two runs batted in and Melky Cabrera 2-5 with an RBI. Gordon Beckham, who came in for Conor Gillaspie at third, doubled in a run in the ninth.
Here is a sampling of Shark’s performance and Cabrera’s two-out, go-ahead single in the seventh:
Quote of the Day
@JonHeymanCBS: carson fulmer looked fantastic last nite for vandy. #chisox seem to know their college pitchers (i.e. sale, rodon)
College World Series Update
Vanderbilt and Virginia square off tonight in the rubber match of the best-of-three final series that will determine the 2015 College World Series champion (7:00 p.m. CT, ESPN). Carson Fulmer, the White Sox’ No. 1 draft pick, led the way for the Commodores in their Game 1 victory Monday night while the Cavaliers tied it up last night at one game apiece. Vandy, going for its second straight title, also boasts former White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) product Ro Coleman.
Sox Note of Note
White Sox reliever Matt Albers tossed a 30-pitch simulated game yesterday. He joins Class AAA Charlotte on Friday to begin a rehab assignment.
Top Sox Prospect Tim Anderson MVP of Southern League All-Star Game–On His Birthday
Congrats to CSN’s Jen Lada, who is Heading to ESPN
White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park, Detroit (12:08 p.m. CT, WGN) in the opener of a four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (3-1, 3.75) for the Sox, RHP Alfredo Simon (7-4, 3.29) for Detroit.
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…
In Game 71 on June 22 at U.S. Cellular Field, the White Sox completed a three-game sweep over the Royals and won their seventh straight game, 5-1, to claim victory No. 49 of the season. Mark Buehrle moved to 9-1, allowing just one run and five hits along with six strikeouts, and Carl Everett belted his 10th homer, a three-run shot, to lead the offense.
Photos of the Day
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