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Saturday, July 25, 2015
Sale Looks to Match Shark, Q Outings
Jeff Samardzija‘s outstanding effort and a home run barrage won the first game of the four-game series in Cleveland, 8-1, on Thursday night. Jose Quintana tossed his own gem last night as the White Sox offense continued its assault along with outstanding defense in the 6-0 victory over the Tribe. Sox ace Chris Sale tries to make it three straight tonight in Game 3 vs. RHP Carlos Carrasco (10-7, 3.94). It’ll be Sox-Indians at Progressive Field, 6:10 p.m. CT on WGN.
Last Night’s Highlights
Q was virtually untouchable, tossing his first career complete game shutout, allowing just seven hits along with eight strikeouts (click on link below)…Alexei Ramirez (3-4, two RBI), Melky Cabrera (2-5, two RBI) and Jose Abreu (a solo blast for his 15th homer) paced the offense…Ramirez, who smashed a three-run homer on Thursday evening, was just as valuable in the field last night, executing a couple of terrific plays at shortstop…The red-hot Alexei now has a .333/.363/.483 slash line with two homers, five extra base hits and eight RBI in July…In 96 career at bats vs. pitchers who have won a Cy Young Award, Abreu is hitting .323 with 10 HR and a .688 slugging percentage. His victim last night was last year’s “Cy,” Corey Kluber.
Click on the first three links for a Ramirez “highlight package.” The fourth link is Cabrera’s two-run double and the bottom one is Abreu’s home run.
Quotes of the Day
Sale on wanting to win (via @scottmerkin):
“I would love to be on a winning team, but I just want it to be here. I don’t want to go anywhere else….I don’t want to be in a different uniform just because they are good now.”
Robin on Carlos Sanchez‘s significant improvement at the plate:
“You have to be able to control the strike zone, swing at fastballs on the plate. He was chasing stuff, trying to impress instead of playing the game. Now he’s somewhat more relaxed when he goes to the plate and you see him have better at-bats. Late in games he’s been pretty good. His at-bats just look better and he’s more competitive now, going to the plate feeling like he can do something.”
Sox Pitching Notes of Note
White Sox pitchers own a 2.43 ERA in the last 12 games and a 2.41 mark in the last 20 since June 30, among the lowest marks in baseball during that span…Over the last 20 games, Sox pitchers have made 14 quality starts and limited the opposition to three runs or less 14 times…Sox relievers own a 1.46 ERA over the last 13 games, including nine scoreless contests. The 1.46 ERA is second-lowest in the major leagues.
The White Sox yesterday traded third baseman Conor Gillaspie to the Angels in exchange for cash considerations. Gillaspie was designated for assignment last week.
White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (3-3, 4.48) for the Sox, RHP Danny Salazar (8-5, 3.78) for Cleveland.
Photo of the Day
Closer David Robertson is shown here being interviewed yesterday on the MLB Network.