Sale, Sox Aim for Perfect Road Trip and Fenway Sweep
Thursday, July 30, 2015
White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park, Boston (6:10 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the finale of the four-game series and eight-game road trip as the Sox try to go 8-0 and reach the .500 mark at 50-50. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (9-5, 2.85) for our Sox, RHP Steven Wright (3-4, 4.78) for the Bosox.
Sale makes his 20th start of the season and 11th on the road. He is 7-4 with a 2.05 ERA and 144 strikeouts over his last 14 starts (12 quality). He leads the American League and ranks second in the majors with 170 strikeouts.
Chris earned the win in his last start on July 25 at Cleveland, allowing two runs on seven hits over seven innings with seven strikeouts and no walks. He will be making his seventh career appearance and third start vs. the Red Sox. He is 1-0 with a 0.89 ERA liftetime and 0-0 with a 0.87 ERA at Fenway Park.
Last Night’s Highlights
Five players–Adam Eaton, Melky Cabrera and Carlos Sanchez with three and Alexei Ramirez and Tyler Flowers with two–had multi-hit games while everybody in the lineup had at least one base hit as the White Sox defeated the Red Sox, 9-2, on 17 hits for their seventh straight victory….Eaton drove in a pair of runs, including his ninth home run that led off the game, while Cabrera, Sanchez, Ramirez (his fifth homer, a solo shot), Flowers, Jose Abreu and Adam LaRoche drove in one apiece…During the current winning streak, the Sox have scored 54 runs, 28 in the three games vs. Boston…In the last 12 road games, the Sox are 11-1 and have outscored opponents 70-25…Jose Quintana tossed 6 2/3 strong innings for his sixth win, allowing a pair of runs on six hits.
Enjoy Q’s performance and the Eaton and Alexei home runs:
Hitting, Hitting, Hitting
Cabrera now has seven straight multi-hit games and has an RBI in nine straight games–both the longest active streaks in MLB. He is 18-33 (.545) in his last seven games with eight doubles, two homers, 11 RBI and is batting .383 with 15 doubles, five homers, 25 RBI in his last 31 contests since June 21 (15 multi-hit efforts)…Sanchez, who has hit in 12 consecutive games, has raised his average in each of those contests and has gone from .181 to .236 during that span. He is batting .435 with two homers and three RBI during his career high hitting streak…Abreu has now hit safely in 13 straight road games, hitting .353 with three homers and 13 RBI. He has an nine-game hitting streak overall, batting .389 with a pair of homers and 11 RBI.
Pitching, Pitching, Pitching
White Sox pitchers own a 2.50 ERA in the last eight games and a 2.60 in the last 25 since June 30, the second-lowest in baseball…Over those 25 games Sox pitchers have made 17 quality starts, recorded 207 strikeouts and the club has limited the opposition to three runs or less 17 times…Sox starters have allowed just 16 runs on 54 hits with three walks and 40 strikeouts in the last eight games. Starters have allowed two runs or less six times and the opposition has recorded five hits or less three times…Our relievers own a 1.65 ERA and 46 strikeouts over the last 17 games, including 11 scoreless contests, which is third-best in MLB since July 7…Sox relievers have allowed just three earned runs on 11 hits over their last 11 road games.
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Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) July 30, 2015
Quotes of the Day
* “In a lot of ways this team was left for dead a week ago. Now we have some life and are playing good baseball.”
* Abreu (through an interpreter) on the Sox’ attitude toward moving up in the AL Central:
“From time to time we check the standings, but it’s not something where we put all of our attention. Our main focus and our attention is in the daily game. Try to do what we are best at every day. That’s the way you can win games and move up in the standings.”
Emilio Bonifacio has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain and Leury Garcia has been recalled from Class AAA Charlotte.
The Inspiring Story of ex-Sox pitcher Tom Fortugno
White Sox vs. the Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the first of a three-game series and six-game homestand that continues with three vs. the Rays. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (4-3, 4.09) for the Sox, LHP CC Sabathia (4-8, 5.38) for New York.
Photos of the Day
It was two years ago today that the Sox started their retooling by trading Jake Peavy for Avi Garcia, top pitching prospect Frankie Montas and others in return.
The photos below show both Garcia and Montas literally on their first day with the Sox. Garcia had just arrived in the Sox dugout after the 2013 trade while Montas was brought up as the 26th man on the roster during the July 17 doubleheader with the Royals. (Montas photo courtesy of Chicago Tribune).