Sox Seek Sweep After Late-Inning Magic Sinks Mariners
Sunday, August 23, 2015
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Mariners at Safeco Field, Seattle (3:10 p.m. CT, CSN) as the Sox go for the three-game sweep in the finale of the seven-game road trip. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (6-10, 4.61) for the Sox, RHP Taijuan Walker (8-7, 4.60) for the M’s.
Last Night’s Highlights
A two-run rally in the ninth tied the score at 3-3 and a three-run surge put the game out of reach in the 10th as the White Sox won their third game in a row, 6-3, with the chance to sweep the Mariners this afternoon and finish the seven-game road trip with a winning record.
The Sox entered the ninth down 3-1. Avi Garcia singled, J.B. Shuck, pinch-hitting for Trayce Thompson, walked. Alexei Ramirez singled, scoring Garcia with Shuck moving to second. Carlos Sanchez‘s sac bunt moved Shuck to third and Ramirez to second and Shuck scored the tying run as pinch-hitter Adam LaRoche grounded out.
Sox reliever Nate Jones escaped danger in the bottom of the ninth after walking the leadoff batter. But after a sac bunt, he struck out No. 2 hitter Kyle Seager and major-league home run leader Nelson Cruz to end the inning with the potential winning run at second.
In the 10th, the Sox scored their three runs on a walk, passed ball and forceout after a Tyler Saladino walk, Jose Abreu double and an intentional walk to Melky Cabrera loaded the bases with no outs.
Rookie Trayce Thompson (pictured above) cranked his second homer in the second inning to give the White Sox an early 1-0 lead (clink on link below) and he also singled, raising his batting average to .474. Carlos Rodon followed his first career complete game last Monday with another quality start–allowing three runs, six hits along with eight strikeouts in seven innings–after shutting out the Mariners for the first five frames.
Jones earned his first win of the season and closer David Robertson set down the Mariners 1-2-3 in the 10th for his 25th save. The Sox are now 11-3 in extra-inning games.
Quote of the Day
Carlos Sanchez (pictured above) on his significant improvement at the plate, which has included a career-high four RBI on Friday night and a 10th-inning RBI, a perfectly executed ninth-inning sacrifice bunt and his 20th double last night.
“It’s all about confidence. If you work hard every day, you can see the results sooner or later. My goal every day is it doesn’t matter if I go 0-4 because the next day I know I can do somethng good not just for me but for the team.”
A Dominican No-No for a Trio of White Sox Pitchers
White Sox vs. Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and seven-game homestand that continues with four against the Mariners. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (8-9, 4.64) for the Sox, RHP Joe Kelly (6-6, 5.37) for Boston.
“Sox Serve Week” Also Begins Tomorrow
Photo of the Day
Thompson and Sanchez, major contributors to last night’s win, are shown here before the game with Seattle mascot Mariner Moose in a rather unconventional pre-game activity.