Sox Victory By The Numbers: Sale 14 Ks, Offense 11 Runs, 16 Hits
Saturday, August 22, 2015
White Sox vs. Mariners at Safeco Field, Seattle (8:10 CT, WGN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (5-5, 4.42) for the Sox, LHP Vidal Nuno (0-1, 3.67) for the M’s.
Rodon makes his 21st appearance and 18th start of the season. He is 1-1 with a 1.20 ERA over his last two starts. He recorded his first career complete game in his last start on August 17 at the Angels, allowing two runs on five hits over a career-high eight innings in a losing effort. He won his previous start on August 11 at home vs. the Angels, allowing four hits with a career-high 11 strikeouts over seven scoreless innings. The 11 strikeouts were the most by a Sox rookie since Jason Bere fanned 12 in 1993 vs. the Angels.
Last Night’s Highlights
Chris Sale got the best of King Felix Hernandez and took over the major-league lead in strikeouts while the offense exploded for 11 runs and 16 hits as the White Sox won their second in a row on their West Coast trip with an 11-4 victory over the Mariners.
Sale, who had a one-hitter through six, notched his 12th win of the season–allowing just three runs on four hits with a whopping 14 strikeouts in seven innings. It gives him 222, the most in baseball. It was the 30th time in his career (109 starts) that he struck out 10 or more and the 18th game where he fanned 12-plus, both franchise records. In his last two starts (14 innings) Sale has struck out 29 batters, having fanned 15 Cubs the start prior.
Every Sox starting position player recorded at least one base hit. Leading the hit parade were Tyler Saladino with three and Adam Eaton, Avi Garcia, Alexei Ramirez, Carlos Sanchez and Tyler Flowers with two each. Sanchez collected a career-high four RBI, Flowers three, Saladino two and Eaton and Jose Abreu one apiece. Jose has now driven in 27 runs in 29 games.
Here’s Sale’s brilliant performance and Sanchez’s two-out, two-run double off of King Felix in the sixth:
Quote of the Day
@CSNHayes on last night’s game: “The White Sox had six two-out hits, all from the sixth inning on with five accounting for runs.”
Sox Note of Note
Daniel Webb (back) began his rehab assignment last night at Class AAA Charlotte and earned the win with a perfect inning in the Knights’ 7-2 victory over Indianapolis.
White Sox vs. Mariners at Safeco Field (3:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and seven-game road trip. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (6-10, 4.61) for the Sox, RHP Taijuan Walker (8-7, 4.60) for Seattle.
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…
In Game 121 on August 2 at U.S. Cellular Field, the first-place White Sox slammed four home runs off of future Hall-of-Famer Randy Johnson in a six-run fourth inning to defeat the Yankees, 6-2, and halt a seven-game losing streak. Tadahito Iguchi (No. 12), Aaron Rowand (11) and Paul Konerko (32) all belted solo homers and Chris Widger (4) launched a three-run shot. Jose Contreras earned his eighth victory as the Sox won their 75th game of the season.
Photo of the Day
The Sox offense is “picking up,” scoring 19 runs in the last two days with wins over the Angels and Mariners.