Masterpiece Theatre

Monday, August 17, 2015

Today’s News

Yesterday’s Highlights

Jose Abreu (No. 22), Alexei Ramirez (8) and Melky Cabrera (8) each launched a solo homer to give the White Sox all the offense they needed. But it was Chris Sale who stole the show with a brilliant one-hit, 15-strikeout performance in front of a sellout home crowd of 39,475 as the Sox halted the Cubs’ winning streak at nine with a 3-1 victory. In the process, the Good Guys, who now lead the all-time North-South battle 54-49, retained the Crosstown Cup by virtue of tying the series at 3-3 and having won three of four games a year ago.

Enjoy Sale’s dominance and the Abreu, Ramirez and Cabrera home runs:

Tale of the Tape

A recap of Sale Sunday:

–Withstanding the oppressive heat which got as high as 97 degrees, Sale tossed seven innings, allowing just one hit, a pair of walks and one hit batter along with tying his career-high of 15 strikeouts in earning his 11th win of the season. His no-hit bid ended after 5.1 innings.

–The Sox ace was one shy of Jack Harshman‘s single-game club strikeout record set in 1954 against the Red Sox. His previous 15-strikeout effort came against Tampa Bay in 2012, where ironically current Cubs skipper Joe Maddon was also the manager.

–Sale joins former Sox hurler Jake Peavy and Max Scherzer as the only active pitchers to strike out 15-plus batters twice in their careers.

–The four-time All-Star now has 29 double-digit strikeout efforts and 11 this season, extending his franchise records in both categories. It was also his 17th game of 12 or more strikeouts, which extends his club mark.

–Sale now has 200-plus Ks for the third consecutive season. He is the first White Sox pitcher to accomplish that feat since Hall of Famer Ed Walsh from 1910-12.

–The Sox’ All-Star lefty struck out the side in the first, fourth and seventh innings. He fanned Kris Bryant and Miguel Montero three times each and every Cubs hitter but Jonathan Herrera struck out at least once.

–Sale now owns a 3-0 record with a 1.20 ERA in four interleague starts this season.

Nate Jones came on in the eighth inning and picked up where Sale left off, setting down the Cubs 1-2-3 while striking out the side.

–Of the 34 batters encountered by Sox pitching (Sale, Jones and David Robertson who came on in the ninth to earn his 24th save),18 were strikeouts.

–Those 18 strikeouts by Sox pitching set a team record for a nine-inning game. It also ties the Cubs’ franchise record for most strikeouts by an offense in a nine-inning contest.

–The White Sox came within two of the major-league mark for most strikeouts in a nine-inning game.


Sale Quotes of the Day

–Robin on Chris’ outing: “He was darn near unhittable.”

–The Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo on Sale: “He’s violent. He’s good, really good. He’s fun to face since he’s the best…He’s the best in the biz, so yeah, hat’s off to him. He made us look silly.”

–Abreu on Sale: “We have to thank God because he’s with us.”

@CSNHayesJose Abreu asked a clubhouse attendant to get Chris Sale’s autograph on a ball. Abreu said it’s for his son.

–Chris on yesterday’s experience: “This was probably the best atmosphere I’ve ever pitched in…People in the K Zone are going crazy for me. It’s a fun, fun time.”


Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim (9:05 p.m. CT, WGN) in the opener of a four-game series and seven-game road trip that continues with three in Seattle. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (5-4, 4.61) for the Sox, LHP Andrew Heaney (5-1, 2.53) for LA.

Rodon makes his 20th appearance and 17th start of the season. He won his last start on August 11 against these same Angels, allowing four hits with a career-high 11 strikeouts over seven scoreless innings. It represented the most Ks by a Sox rookie since Jason Bere fanned 12 in 1993 against, you guessed it, the Angels.

Carlos is the fourth rookie in Sox history to record 10 or more strikeouts at least twice in one season, joining Bere (twice in ’93), Gary Peters (twice in ’93) and Jack Harshman (three times in 1954).

Too Good Not to Pass Along

@scottmerkin: Saladino said when he was younger, he thought the coolest thing would be to be No. 1 on ESPN Top Plays. He hit that goal last night (posted yesterday, referring to Tyler Saladino‘s spectacular defense Saturday night).

Roster Move

Before yesterday’s game, the White Sox reinstated J.B. Shuck from the disabled list and designated Emilio Bonifacio for assignment.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim (9:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the second game of the four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (6-9, 4.58) for the Sox, RHP Garrett Richards (11-9, 3.55) for LA.

Photo of the Day

The Cup stays on the South Side.


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