Sox Birdfest: Cardinals Swept, Orioles and Blue Jays are Next
Thursday, July 2, 2015
After today’s off day, the White Sox host the Orioles tomorrow night at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and seven-game homestand that continues with four against the Blue Jays. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (3-8, 5.38) for the Sox, RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (7-3, 3.09) for the Orioles.
Last Night’s Highlights
Three rain delays, an outstanding performance by Jose Quintana, a Melky Cabrera go-ahead homer and a five-run ninth inning later, the Sox completed the two-game sweep over the Cardinals with a 7-1 victory…Quintana won his fourth game of the season, allowing just the one run on six hits with eight strikeouts in six innings of work and recorded his 500th career K in the process (click on top link below)…Cabrera broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth with his third homer of the season, a solo shot (click on second link), and Tyler Flowers launched his seventh home run, a two-run blast (click on bottom link), in the ninth as the Sox padded the lead by scoring five runs in the final frame. The Sox catcher has now homered in three straight games…Flowers, Adam Eaton, Avi Garcia, Alexei Ramirez and Carlos Sanchez each had two hits apiece in the 12-hit attack…Zach Putnam (0.2 IP), Zach Duke (0.2), Jake Petricka (0.2) and Scott Carroll (1.0) pitched scoreless ball in relief of Quintana.
The Sox have returned Dan Jennings from his injury rehab assignment at Class AAA Charlotte and reinstated him from the 15-day disabled list. In a corresponding move, Junior Guerra has been optioned to the Knights.
Tim Anderson: Sizzling Shortstop
Double Duty Classic
Below are scenes from yesterday’s Double Duty Classic, the annual East-West All-Star Game that honors the late Negro Leaguer Ted “Double Duty” Radcliffe and recreates the legendary Negro League East-West All-Star Game at old Comiskey Park. The showcase featured members of the White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) program and other elite inner-city high school players from across the country. The event included a special forum attended by ex-Negro Leaguers, Major Leaguers and media luminaries to educate the participants on the rich history that African-Americans have made on the game of baseball.
In the top photo below, @jrsportsbrief (left), host of a popular internet sports show, interviews former Sox pitcher James Baldwin (center) and Blake Hickman, a South Side native and product of both the ACE program and the University of Iowa who was drafted by the Sox last month. The bottom photo shows the activity in the East dugout just prior to the beginning of the game. And click the link below to check out the great catch by the East’s Xavier Gonzalez.
Quote of the Day
Hickman, offering advice to the East and West teams at the Double Duty Classic about how the event has influenced him:
“Just go out and play hard…just have fun and soak it all in…I’ve never forgotten this experience.”
2005 Flashback (sort of)
Ten years ago, A.J. Pierzynski and Juan Uribe were key players in the White Sox World Championship run. Last night, as members of the Atlanta Braves, the former Sox stars showed they still had some of that ’05 magic. A.J. and Juan hit back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning of the Braves’ 4-1 victory over the Washington Nationals.
White Sox vs. Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (5-4, 4.56) for the Sox, RHP Chris Tillman (6-7, 5.67) for Baltimore.
Photo of the Day
Speaking of 2005, Saturday, July 4 is Bobby Jenks Bobblehead Day. Bobby also will be at the ballpark signing autographs. And here’s more on Independence Day weekend at USCF.