Sale in Spotlight After Sox Draw First Blood
Saturday, July 11, 2015
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Cubs at Wrigley Field (3:05 p.m. CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (7-4, 2.80) for the Sox, LHP Jon Lester (4-7, 3.48) for the North Siders.
Sale is making his 17th start of the season and ninth on the road. The four-time All-Star earned his seventh win on July 6, allowing two runs on six hits along with six strikeouts over nine innings in the Sox’ memorable 4-2 win over Mark Buehrle and the Blue Jays.
White Sox pitching continued to shut down opposing hitters (24 consecutive scoreless innings and counting) in the 1-0 victory over the Cubs in the series opener…Carlos Rodon (6.0 IP), Jake Petricka (1.0), Zach Duke (1.0) and David Robertson (1.0) were superb and received all the support they needed from the bench as pinch-hitter J.B. Shuck‘s eighth-inning sac fly scored fellow pinch-hitter Emilio Bonifacio. Bonifacio was hit by a pitch, stole second and moved to third on an Adam Eaton sac bunt…Petricka earned his third win, Robertson recorded save No. 19…The Sox defense clicked as well, executing five double plays: 4-6-3, 6-4-3, 9-2-6, 2-5 and 6-3 in addition to executing a number of other superior defensive efforts, including Carlos Sanchez’s diving catch on the last play of the game…With his fourth-inning single, Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 12 games. It’s his fifth career streak of 10 or more games.
Rodon’s six Ks:
Oh, those DPs:
This game is ovah:
Saladino Makes Debut
Infielder Tyler Saladino (pictured below) made his major-league debut yesterday after being promoted from Class AAA Charlotte. In the starting lineup at third base, he went hitless but made a couple of outstanding defensive plays. Over his last 10 games with the Knights, Tyler had a .882 OPS with two homers and 13 RBI.
Saladino replaced Scott Carroll on the 25-man roster. Carroll was optioned to Charlotte on Thursday night.
Quotes of the Day
@CST_soxvan: Saladino: ‘It’s a blessing for sure. It’s a dream I’ve been chasing my whole life and I just want to make the most of it. I’m ready to go.’
@ChuckGarfien: Tyler Saladino has arrived at the cramped Wrigley Field visiting clubhouse. Saladino: “I’m used to this.”
From the opponents camp…
Cubs manager Joe Maddon on Rodon:
“He’s good. When he gains fastball command, he’s gonna be really good. He’s a young man; he’s got a live fastball, he’s got a really good slider. Seems like pretty good composure. But when the fastball command shows up, it’s gonna be really good. It’s not unlike David Price. When David first began with the Rays, great fastball with command issues, but once he found that command, man, heads up.”
Jon Lester on Sale: “He’s fun to watch, wiry, asses and elbows going everywhere and he chucks the hell out of it.”
Jones to Rehab at Winston-Salem
The Sox announced that reliever Nate Jones will begin an injury rehabilitation assignment at Winston-Salem.
New Age Baseball Analytics
White Sox vs. Cubs at Wrigley (1:20 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and the last game before the All-Star break. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (4-8, 3.69) for the Sox, RHP Jake Arrieta (9-5, 2.80) for the Cubs.
The White Sox recorded the biggest comeback in the series on June 28, 2002 at home when we rallied from an 8-0 deficit to defeat the Cubs, 13-9. The Cubs built that lead after three innings. The Sox began the comeback with one in the fourth and three in the fifth, which included Paul Konerko‘s two-run homer off of Kerry Wood, to narrow the gap to 8-4. The Good Guys added six more runs in the sixth capped by Konerko’s second homer, a two-run shot off of Joe Borowski, to give the Sox a 10-8 lead and put the game away with three more in the eighth.
Photo of the Day
Mr. White Sox and Mr. Cub were honored before yesterday’s game.