Alive and Kicking

Sunday, July 12, 2015
Today’s News
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Cubs at Wrigley Field (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 North Siders.
Sale, Early Runs Set Stage for 5-1 Saturday Win
Chris Sale was Chris Sale, Tyler Saladino delivered his first major-league hit and RBI in a two-run first inning and the White Sox defeated the Cubs yesterday for the second straight day. As a result of the 5-1 victory, the Sox won their fourth consecutive game, fourth straight series, have notched nine of the last 11 and look for a sweep at Wrigley today.

Sale (8-4) tossed seven-plus innings, allowing just a run, six hits and a walk while striking out 10. It was the 28th time in his career he recorded double digit Ks and has done it in nine of his last 10 games. He is now 5-0 with a 2.02 ERA in 18 interleague games (click on top link below)…The Sox got off to quick start in the first inning. Adam Eaton doubled to lead off the game and came home on Saladino’s triple (click on second link). Saladino scored on Jose Abreu‘s single, which extended Jose’s hitting streak to 13 (click on third link), giving us a 2-0 advantage…We added three more runs in the seventh. Melky Cabrera singled, Avi Garcia reached second on a throwing error by Kris Bryant and Cabrera moved to third. Alexei Ramirez drove home Cabrera with a single (click on fourth link) and another Tyler, Tyler Flowers, rose to the occasion by doubling home Garcia and Ramirez (click on bottom link) to make it 5-0. Sox pitching reached 30 consecutive scoreless innings (club record is 35) before the Cubs got on the board in the bottom of the seventh off of Sale…Jake Petricka (1.2 IP) and Zach Duke (0.1) finished the job with scoreless baseball in the final two frames.

Quotes of the Day
@CSNHayes: Saladino: “It’s the 1st thing I can actually say I’m speechless about. Whole thing, Lester, triple, 1st hit, RBI, about as cool as it gets.”

@CSNWhiteSox: #Cubs manager Joe Maddon on Chris Sale: “He’s the closest thing to Randy Johnson I think that we’ve seen in a long time.”

All-Star Break
After the MondayThursday break, the White Sox face the Royals in a four-game series beginning with a day-night doubleheader on Friday. Game 1 begins at 1:10 p.m. CT on CSN, the nightcap at 7:10 p.m. CT on WGN.

Friday also marks the start of 2005 World Championship Reunion Weekend:

On June 8, 2001, Carlos Lee belted a grand slam off of the Cubs’ Courtney Duncan with two outs in the 10th inning, leading the Sox to a 7-3 win. It was the first walk-off grand slam in interleague history.

Photo of the Day


Third-base coach Joe McEwing gave Saladino a big hug after the rookie tripled for his first hit and run batted in as a big-leaguer.


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