Rookie Mojo

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) as the Sox go for the sweep of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (6-9, 4.79) for us, LHP Andrew Heaney (5-1, 2.45) for LA.

Last Night’s Highlights

In the 3-0 shutout of the Angels, rookie starter Carlos Rodon delivered seven scoreless innings, allowing only four hits while striking out a career-high 11, and fellow rookie Trayce Thompson belted his first major-league home run, a solo shot, in the fifth inning. Thompson predictably got the silent treatment as he reached the dugout after his long blast (see bottom photo above and second link below).

Birthday boy Melky Cabrera doubled in a pair in the fourth inning and David Robertson came on in the ninth and registered his 23rd save.

In addition to Rodon’s career-high strikeout total, which included his 100th K, his seven innings of work also was his career best as he improved his record to 5-4 with his ninth quality start. The last White Sox rookie to have 10 or more strikeouts in a game was last night’s pitching opponent, Hector Santiago, who did it for the Sox in 2012…Rodon also became the fourth Sox rookie pitcher to collect multiple 10-plus strikeout games, the last being Jason Bere in 1993 (twice). The others were Gary Peters and Jack Harshman (three times).

In order, here are Rodon’s masterful performance, Thompson’s homer and Melky’s double.

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=357637283

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=357345983

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=357235683

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Klay Couldn’t Be Prouder

@KCJHoop: Warriors’ star Klay Thompson called seeing brother Trayce make his major league debut with the White Sox “one of the best days of my life.” 

http://trib.in/1UBRlPJ

And last night’s homer just made him happier.

http://chicago.suntimes.com/baseball/7/71/870912/klay-thompson-congratulates-brother-trayce-first-big-league-home-run

Quote of the Day

Robin on Avi Garcia (via Daryl Van Schouwen, Sun-Times):

“Sometimes we forget how young he is. He’s been around a while, but he’s still young and going through it and he’s still learning. You see the talent he has and the potential that’s there when he hits something hard…It hasn’t happened right away. Everyone has their level of doing it and when they do and when they make some change and when they want to make changes…you have to believe in what the changes are. Everybody goes through that a little differently. I think for him it’s starting to click and there’s some clarity on how you’re going to do it, how he’s going to go about it, how guys are pitching him. I think it should be a fun thing to watch for him.”

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Offensive Boost

Heading into last night’s game and dating back to July 23, the White Sox led the majors in batting average (.293), slugging percentage (.502), OPS (.849), extra-base hits (76), doubles (44) and were second in runs per game (.589), on-base percentage (.347) and home runs (T28).

Chris Sale Featured in Rolling Stone

http://www.rollingstone.com/sports/features/chris-sale-is-not-ready-for-his-close-up-20150811

FanGraphs: Adam Eaton’s Power Surge

http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/adam-eaton-is-up-to-something/

Sox Notes of Note

Emilio Bonifacio, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on July 29 with a left oblique strain, has been sent on an injury rehab assignment to Class AAA Charlotte…Sox outfield prospect Jacob May, playing for the Class AA Birmngham Barons, homered in the eighth inning of last night’s Southern League game vs. Pensacola to complete the cycle.

No. 19 Added to Sox Jersey

The White Sox have added a No. 19 patch to their uniforms (along with the No. 9 honoring Minnie Minoso) as a tribute to pitching legend Billy Pierce, who passed away on July 31.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Friday, it’ll be the White Sox vs. the Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field (3:10 p.m. CT, WGN). Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (8-7, 4.62) for the Sox, RHP Kyle Hendricks (6-5, 3.73) for the Cubs.

2005 Flashback

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…

In Game 112 on August 9 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, the first-place White Sox defeated the Yankees, 2-1, for their 73rd win of the season. Jose Contreras tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing just three hits, and Dustin Hermanson recorded his 29th save. Solo homers by Paul Konerko (No. 28) and Tadahito Iguchi (10) provided all the offense the Sox needed.

Photo/Video of the Day

Die-hard White Sox fans, friends for a half-century, get the surprise of their lives.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v356678883

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