Saturday Night Fever
Sunday, August 2, 2015
Last Night’s Highlights
Melky Cabrera smashed a three-run homer, John Danks held the Yankees at bay and Avi Garcia once again turned a home run into an out as the White Sox overpowered the American League East-leading New Yorkers, 8-2, in front of an excited home crowd of 34, 379.
With the Sox ahead 2-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth on a Jose Abreu RBI double and Alexei Ramirez‘s sixth homer (click on top link below), Adam Eaton led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch. Tyler Saladino drove Eaton home with a single and proceeded to steal second base. After Abreu was hit by a pitch, Cabrera’s long home run (No. 7) over the centerfield fence put the Sox up 6-1 (click on second link below)…The Good Guys scored two more in the bottom of the seventh on an Ramirez double and a wild pitch…Danks went 5.2 innings, allowing just the one run, three hits and four walks along with a season-high eight strikeouts for his sixth win (click on third link)…Garcia made a great catch off the bat of Yankee Didi Gregorius (click on fourth link and top photo below), reminiscent of his robbery of the Orioles’ Chris Davis on July 4 in almost the exact spot. Also not to be forgotten: a terrific defensive play by Eaton (click on fifth link and bottom photo) and a couple of gems by Carlos Sanchez at second base, including this one (click on sixth link)…Relievers Jake Petricka (0.2), Zach Duke (0.2) and Zach Putnam (2.0) finished the game in fine fashion.
Shark on Mound This Afternoon as Sox Seek Series Win
White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN/TBS) in the rubber match of the three-game series. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (8-5, 3.82) for the Sox, RHP Ivan Nova (3-3, 3.38) for New York.
Shark is scheduled to make his 21st start of the season and 10th at home. He is 4-2 with a 2.86 ERA in nine home starts. Jeff earned the win in his last start on July 28 at Boston and has worked at least seven innings in his last 10 outings.
Samardzija will be making his second career start against the Yankees. He is 0-0 with a 1.08 ERA (1 ER/8.1 IP) in two career appearances. He allowed four hits in seven innings in his only previous start against New York on May 21, 2014.
In case you missed it, the White Sox placed J.B. Shuck on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring and recalled Scott Carroll from Class AAA Charlotte…The Sox have also signed familiar face Dayan Viciedo and assigned him to the Knights. He was most recently in the A’s organization.
Sox Notes of Note
White Sox relievers own a 2.27 ERA over the last 25 games since June 30…Eaton extended his hitting streak to 10 games, batting .439 during that span. He has reached base safely in all 15 games since the All-Star break and has scored a run in a career-high nine straight games…Cabrera is hitting .478 with 16 RBI and 12 runs scored over his last 11 games…Abreu extended his hitting streak to 12 games (.378) with 16 RBI and has driven in a run in six straight contests. Interestingly, he’s batting .332 with 41 career RBI in the first inning…Ramirez is batting .316 with six doubles, four homers, 10 RBI and eight runs scored over his last 14 games.
Quote of the Day
Danks, speaking after last night’s win, had good news for Sox fans:
“Tonight’s the best stuff I’ve had in two years.”
A Good Read: The Incomparable Nancy Faust
White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the opener of a three-game set. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-9, 3.52) for the Sox, RHP Nathan Karns (6-5, 3.37) for Tampa Bay.
Jon Seda (left) and Jason Beghe of NBC’s Chicago P.D. announced the starting lineups before last night’s game and took time for this #SoxCellfie.
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…
In Game 103 on July 31 at Camden Yards in Baltimore, the first-place White Sox won their third straight over the Orioles and 68th of the season with a 9-4 victory. Five Sox–Juan Uribe (3), Paul Konerko (2), Aaron Rowand (2), Jermaine Dye (2) and Joe Crede (2)–recorded multi-hit games while Dye (3) and Crede (2) had multi-RBI. Freddy Garcia was the winning pitcher, improving his record to 11-4.
Photo of the Day
Sox World Series hero Scott Podsednik, on his bobblehead night, threw out the ceremonial first pitch last evening with his young son by his side. The photo below shows the Podsedniks spending some time with the fans before the game and it appears that the younger Pods was fascinated with the bobblehead as well.