A Sale-a-bration Fit for an All-Star
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Sox Rally as Sale Outlasts Buehrle in a Game That Lived Up to the Hype
With the White Sox down 2-1 last night heading into the bottom of the eighth inning, Gordon Beckham reached base on an error and two outs later, Adam Eaton singled, sending Beckham to third. Jose Abreu followed by singling home Beckham to even the score at 2-2 and Melky Cabrera drove home both Eaton and Abreu to give the Sox a 4-2 victory over Mark Buehrle and the Blue Jays in the opener of the four-game series that evolved into a playoff-like atmosphere…Chris Sale was his usual dominating self, though his six strikeouts came up a bit short of the major-league record for the most consecutive games with double digit strikeouts. All Chris did was register his first complete game of the season and eighth in his career, allowing just two runs and six hits without walking a batter in winning his seventh game of the year…Buehrle also was outstanding–each of the four runs he gave up in his complete game performance were unearned.
Enjoy Melky’s clutch double and Sale talking about his complete-game win:
Sale Joins Pierce in White Sox All-Star Stratosphere
Chris Sale once again has been selected as an American League All-Star with a good chance of being named the A.L. starter for the Tuesday, July 14 Midsummer Classic in Cincinnati. Sale joins left-handed hurler Billy Pierce from 1955-59 (pictured in bottom photo below) as the only pitchers in White Sox history to make at least four straight All-Star teams.
In his three previous All-Star appearances, Chris is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA. He was the winning pitcher in the 2013 Game at New York’s Citi Field, tossing two scoreless innings in the A.L.’s 3-0 triumph.
A Fast Game as Expected
With Sale and Buehrle on the mound, last night’s game was expected to be played at a crisp pace–and it was, 1 hour, 54 minutes. Buehrle is the poster boy for pitching quick games, Sale, in that same mold, obviously learned at the foot of the master.
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN+). Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (4-7, 3.81) for the Sox, TBA for Toronto.
Q makes his 17th start of the season, eighth at home and first vs. Toronto. He’s made seven straight quality starts, going 2-2 with a 2.78 ERA and owns a 2.99 ERA over his last 13 outings dating back to April 24.
Jose won his last start on July 1 vs. the Cardinals, allowing one run on six hits with no walks and eight strikeouts in six innings.
Quintana is 4-1 with a 1.80 ERA and 30 strikeouts in six career starts against the Blue Jays–all of which have been quality.
Quote of the Day
Shark on teammate Sale:
“The dude is a beast. He’s built to pitch. If you look at him, he’s one solid muscle.”
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR). Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (4-8, 4.95) for the Sox, RHP Drew Hutchison (8-2, 5.23) for Toronto.
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…
In Game 81 on the Fourth of July at USCF, the first-place White Sox outslugged Tampa Bay, 10-8, for their 55th win of the season. Jermaine Dye paced the potent offense with a first-inning grand slam, his 18th homer of the year, and six RBI and Juan Uribe connected for his sixth home run, a solo shot, and drove in a pair. Luis Vizcaino (3-2) was the winner in relief and Dustin Hermanson earned his 20th save.
Photos of the Day
The White Sox will honor our late legend Minnie Minoso with Sox players wearing throwback jerseys this Sunday vs. the Cubs at Wrigley Field and when the teams meet again on Friday, August 14 at U.S. Cellular Field. The commemorative jerseys are part of this year’s Crosstown Cup series against the Cubs, whose players also will wear jerseys from the same era honoring the late Ernie Banks.
The White Sox will wear 1950s road jerseys on Sunday, followed by the same vintage home jerseys on August 14 at U.S. Cellular Field. When the Sox play at home against the Cubs on the 14th, every player on the White Sox will wear Minoso’s No. 9. The Cubs will wear Banks’ No. 14 at Wrigley this Sunday.