Sox Roundup: Q Looks to Even Series, Minnie Honored and Guess Who’s Helping No. 1 Draft Pick Carson Fulmer?
Saturday, August 15, 2015
White Sox vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-9, 3.59) for the Sox, RHP Jake Arrieta (13-6, 2.38) for the Cubs.
Q is scheduled to make his 24th start of the season, 11th at home and second vs. the Cubs. He owns a 2.48 ERA during interleague play since 2012, which ranks him in the Top 10 among American League pitchers.
Adam Eaton smashed a two-run homer (see photo above and click on top link below), Avi Garcia doubled in two runs (click on middle link and top photo below) and Geovany Soto drove in another (click on bottom link) in the Sox’ 6-5 loss to the Cubs…Eaton, Tyler Saladino and Carlos Sanchez each had two-hit games and Melky Cabrera collected a hit and scored a run (see bottom photo below)…Zach Duke pitched two perfect innings (7th and 8th) with three strikeouts in relief of Jeff Samardzija and Zach Putnam tossed a scoreless ninth.
Quote of the Day
Here are a few memories of Minnie Minoso as the White Sox honored “Mr. White Sox” yesterday by having each player wear his No. 9 on a 1950s era uniform. The Sox also paid tribute to Sox pitching great Billy Pierce, who passed away on July 31. The club is wearing a No. 19 patch on their uniforms in his honor.
@ChuckGarfien: Minnie Minoso trivia: His nickname for Adam Eaton was “tiny.”
Gordon Beckham (via @jjstankevitz): “I just always remember Minnie coming in and having a great attitude and being extremely positive no matter what we were doing on the field. He just came in with a smile, a lot of energy and would always say if we had a winning streak, that he’s worn the same clothes for as long as we’ve had the winning streak–except, he did wash his underwear, he said. It seemed like all the time, he’d come in and just say how are you, how are you doing, and I’d go, ‘Minnie how are you doing’ and he’d go, ‘I’m here.’ And he would always say that, that was his thing. ‘I’m here,’ meaning like, he’s alive, he’s living and it was a good day. Special guy.”
Robin Ventura (via Brian Sandalow, Sun-Times: “I think Minnie, historically of what he meant to the franchise is one thing, and I think that’s an important thing. But a lot of these guys knew him. When he was around, he was here pretty much daily. And I think the guy is more important for who we know. I know people understand his significance as far as when he came in the league and how important he was to the White Sox. But I think for these guys, it’s special to them because he was a part of the family and he was in here a lot. A real special guy, very upbeat and energetic to come in and talk to guys.”
Alexei Ramirez (via Sandalow): “It’s always going to be hard because Minnie was so special for us, for everybody here in the White Sox organization. It’s always going to be hard when you walk through the clubhouse and you can sometimes be reminded of some of the jokes that he made. It’s going to be hard, but that’s life.”
Jose Abreu (via Colleen Kane, Trib): “He was one of the greatest of all time for Cuba and for this team, and it’s going to be an honor (to wear No. 9). We’re going to try to represent in a good way this jersey and his name today. When I came to the U.S. and had the opportunity to meet him it was a special moment because all the background that my father told me about him…He was a great person, he was outstanding with me and it’s an honor when you’re able to be around a person as good as him.”
Here’s Minoso’s widow Sharon in top photo throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before yesterday’s game with Minnie’s sons looking on…And Alexei looking good in his ’50s garb.
The White Sox sent infielder Leury Garcia to Class AAA Charlotte and reinstated Emilio Bonifacio from the 15-day DL. Bonifacio saw action last night as a pinch-runner.
Carson Fulmer, the White Sox’ No. 1 choice and eighth overall pick in the 2015 June draft, is now pitching for the Sox’ High-Class A affiliate in Winston-Salem (pictured below).
The promising Fulmer, a Vanderbilt product, has a fellow Commodore and star major league hurler giving him a helping hand. Click on the link below and discover who it is.
White Sox vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field (1:0 p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series, six-game homestand and six game interleague series for the Crosstown Cup. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (10-7, 3.47) for the Sox, RHP Dan Haren (8-7, 3.55) for the Cubs.
Photo of the Day
Giving new meaning to the term, “Starting Nine.”