“Why Not Us? Why Can’t We Do It?”
Monday, July 27, 2015
White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park, Boston (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (5-8, 4.66) for our Sox, RHP Joe Kelly (2-6, 5.74) for the Bosox.
Danks is set to make his 19th start of the season and ninth on the road. He received a no-decision in his last start on July 22 vs. the Cardinals at home, allowing five hits over 6.2 scoreless innings with five strikeouts in the Sox’ 3-2 loss.
A Couple of Sox Named Carlos
Carlos Rodon followed the outstanding performances of his rotation predecessors with an outstanding mound effort of his own, Carlos Sanchez smashed his second career homer the day after belting his first and the White Sox completed the four-game sweep over the Indians, 2-1, outscoring the Tribe 26-5 in the series…Rodon, following the gems by Jeff Samardzija, Jose Quintana and Chris Sale, tossed 6 2/3 of shutout baseball, allowing just five hits and no walks along with nine strikeouts for his fourth win (click on top link below)…This was the fifth straight game that a Sox starter didn’t walk a batter, the first time it’s happened since 1972…In addition to the homer in the third inning to give the Sox a 1-0 lead (click on second link), Sanchez pounded out a pair of singles. He now has a season-high nine-game hitting streak, batting .424 during that span. In his past 16 contests, he has an impressive .368/389/.526 slash line in 59 plate appearances…Melky Cabrera drove in what turned out to be the deciding run with a seventh-inning single to give us a 2-0 advantage (click on third link)…Jake Petricka (0.2 IP), Zach Duke (0.2) and David Robertson (1.0) shut the door in relief of Rodon. Robertson recorded his 21st save of the season.
And, oh, that defense!!
Quotes of the Day
** Rodon on the suddenly resurgent White Sox:
“Why not us? That’s the mentality we have to have...Why not us? Why can’t we do it?”
** Sale talking about the Sox after his successful start on Saturday:
“We’re just putting it together. We had a six-run lead and we had guys diving for balls in the outfield, hustling down the line. This is what we’ve seen the whole time and know we can play like.”
Emilio Bonifacio returned yesterday from his brief stint on the bereavement list and Leury Garcia was sent back to Class AAA Charlotte.
Erik Johnson “As Good as Anyone in Triple-A”
White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (7-5, 3.91) for our Sox, RHP Wade Miley (8-8, 4.33) for Boston.
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…
In Game 97 on July 24 at U.S. Cellular Field, the first-place White Sox defeated the Red Sox, 6-4, for victory No. 64. Tadahito Iguchi went 3-4 with a two-run homer (No. 8) and Paul Konerko doubled in a pair of runs. Jose Contreras got credit for his sixth win and Dustin Hermanson recorded his 23rd save.
Photo of the Day
Sanchez and Tyler Saladino are the first White Sox teammates to hit their first two career homers in consecutive games in the same season.