Q Takes On Rays In First Of Three
Monday, August 3, 2015
White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the opener of a three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-9, 3.52) for the Sox, RHP Nathan Karns (6-5, 3.52) for Tampa Bay.
Quintana is scheduled to make his 22nd start, ninth at home and first vs. the Rays. He is 4-4 with a 2.77 ERA and 68 strikeouts over his last 12 outings–11 of which have been quality. Q earned his second straight win on July 29 at Boston, allowing two runs on six hits with one walk and three strikeouts over 6.1 innings.
Alexei Ramirez (No. 7) and Geovany Soto (8) both went deep with solo homers in the seventh inning as the White Sox lost the rubber match of the three-game series to the Yankees. It was Alexei’s second homer in as many days…Jose Abreu extended his consecutive game hitting streak to 13 with a single and is batting .367 with four homers and 16 RBI during that period…Melky Cabrera collected a pair of hits and an RBI. He has now recorded 11 multi-hit efforts and has driven in at least one run 13 times over his last 15 games. Melky is batting .438 with nine doubles three homers and 18 RBI in his last 15 and is hitting .383 with 15 doubles, two triples, six homers and 30 RBI in his last 35 games…Adam Eaton singled, doubled, walked and scored a run. He owns an 11-game hitting streak, batting .488 during that span with four doubles, one triple, two homers and five RBI. He has reached base safely in 15 consecutive games, hitting .410 with three homers and seven RBI.
The Ramirez and Soto homers:
Quote of the Day
Abreu (through a translator) on the red-hot Cabrera and his impact on the team:
“He’s a great player, but he’s a better teammate. He’s always happy. He’s always trying to find a way to keep the atmosphere loose and to keep everybody happy. His influence has been huge for us. That kind of personality is something that you need in a team, and we hope he can continue doing that, because that’s very important for us…He is the leader, because of his performance, because of his personality, because of how he is. That’s the key for him and he’s a huge, huge influence for us.”
Sox Recall Thompson
Outfielder Trayce Thompson, son of former NBA star Mychal, brother of both the Golden State Warriors Klay and former Cleveland Cavalier Mychel, has been recalled from Class AAA Charlotte. He will wear No. 28.
The 24-year-old Thompson (pictured below) is hitting .260 with 23 doubles, four triples, 13 homers, 39 RBI, 53 runs scored, 23 walks and 11 stolen bases over 104 games with the Knights this season. He was named to the International League midseason All-Star team and ranks among the IL leaders in extra-base hits, games and total bases.
Thompson takes the roster spot of Scott Carroll, who was sent to Charlotte after yesterday’s game.
White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR). Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (9-6, 3.20) for the Sox, RHP Chris Archer (9-8, 2.54) for Tampa Bay.
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…
In Game 104 on August 1, the White Sox completed a four-game sweep of the Orioles in Baltimore with a 6-3 victory–their 69th of the season–and extended their lead in the American League Central to 15 games. Mark Buehrle improved his record to 12-4, Dustin Hermanson recorded his 25th save, A.J. Pierzynski belted a solo homer (No. 16) and Pablo Ozuna doubled in a pair of runs.
Photo of the Day
In January, Avi Garcia met Nolan during a visit to Comer’s Children’s Hospital. Yesterday was Nolan’s turn to visit Avi at the ballpark. The bonus? He got to hang out with Sale and Shark as well.