Sunday Roundup: Abreu Belts A Pair, Q on the Hill, Trayce and Tyler Make an Impression, Eaton Grinds it Out and More…
Sunday, August 9, 2015
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series and brief weekend road trip. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-9, 3.50) for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy (5-5, 4.04) for KC.
Quintana is set to make his 23rd start of the season, 13th on the road and fourth vs. the Royals. He is 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA and 18 strikeouts over his last three outings and has made nine straight quality starts on the road, the longest streak by a White Sox pitcher since Jake Peavy from 2011-12 (11).
Q, who leads the major leagues with 46 no decisions since 2012, received one in his last start on August 3 vs. the Rays. He allowed just two runs on seven hits over six innings.
Last Night’s Highlights
Jose Abreu smashed his 20th and 21st homers of the season (click on top link below) and the White Sox rallied from a five-run deficit to within one, but came up short in the 7-6 loss…It was the fifth multi-homer game of Abreu’s career and he has now hit five homers in his last nine games, seven in his last 18…In addition to Jose’s second homer, Carlos Sanchez singled in a run (click on second link) and Adam Eaton delivered with a two-out, two-RBI single (click on third link) in the four-run sixth inning…Avi Garcia and Alexei Ramirez each contributed with two hits apiece…Dan Jennings pitched 2.1 innings of scoreless relief, allowing just two hits, and Jake Petricka pitched a perfect inning.
And check out these outstanding defensive plays, in order, by Tyler Saladino, Sanchez (2) and Ramirez:
The Sox have homered in a season-high 11 straight games and 15 of their last 16 (25 home runs total).
Quote of the Day
John Danks on the addition of youngsters Trayce Thompson and Tyler Saladino (via Doug Padilla, ESPNChicago.com):
“They’re playing great. It’s been nice having them here. They’re great teammates, great ballplayers…learning on the fly and doing a heck of a job.”
Trayce (pictured on the far left) and Tyler (shown on the far right) certainly look like they belong in a big-league dugout.
White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game homestand that continues with three vs. the Cubs Friday thru Sunday. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (9-7, 3.52) for the Sox, RHP Matt Shoemaker (5-7, 4.01) for LA.
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…
In Game 109 on August 6 vs. Seattle at U.S. Cellular Field, the first-place White Sox won their 71st game, 4-2, over the Mariners. Paul Konerko crushed a two-run homer, his 26th, and Mark Buehrle improved his record to 13-4. Dustin Hermanson saved his 27th game.
Photo of the Day
The Grinder. Eaton comments on being in last night’s lineup just about 24 hours after leaving the game with a jammed left shoulder.
“It’s getting down to the nitty gritty right now, and I don’t want to take a day off.”