Sox Discovering Trayce Evidence of a Budding Star
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Last Night’s Highlights
Rookie Trayce Thompson continued his sizzling assault on major-league pitching with a single, double, triple and three RBI. The seventh-inning double proved to be the knockout punch as it scored the tying and winning tallies as the White Sox prevailed 5-4 over the Red Sox to even the series at 1-1. Thompson, who was a home run shy of the coveted cycle, is now batting .522 with an astronomic 1.517 OPS in his first 11 games and 23 at bats in the big leagues…Melky Cabrera and Carlos Sanchez each added a pair of hits and an RBI.
Jake Petricka, who pitched a scoreless inning in relief of Jose Quintana, earned his fourth win, Zach Duke struck out the side 1-2-3 in the eighth and David Robertson came on in the ninth and set Boston down in order to register his 26th save.
Enjoy Thompson’s clutch two-run double:
White Sox vs. Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the rubber game of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (12-7, 3.34) for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (5-11, 5.81) for Boston.
Sale will be making his 25th start of the season, 13th at home and second vs. Boston. He is 3-0 with a 2.11 ERA and 36 strikeouts over his last three starts. He earned his third consecutive win in his last start on August 21 vs. Seattle, allowing three runs on four hits over seven innings while striking out 14.
Sale has struck out a club-record 29 batters over his last two starts, fanning the 14 against the Mariners after matching his career high with 15 on August 16 vs. the Cubs. He is the first pitcher in White Sox history to strike out 14 or more in consecutive starts and Chris’ 12 starts with 10-plus strikeouts this season are the most in the major leagues. In his career, he has struck out double-digit batters 30 times and 12-plus on 18 occasions.
The Sox’ four-time All-Star is tied with the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw for the major-league lead with 222 strikeouts. He is on pace to record a franchise-record 300, which would be the most in the major leagues since 2002 when Arizona’s Randy Johnson (334) and Curt Schilling (316) both eclipsed 300.
Chris’ average of 12.16 strikeouts per nine innings also would be a White Sox record and the highest in the majors since Hall-of-Famer Johnson’s 13.41 mark in 2001 and his 33.8 percent swings that miss are the highest since Hall-of-Famer Pedro Martinez‘s 35.8 average in 1999. Sale recorded 10-plus strikeouts in eight straight starts from May 23-June 30, tying Martinez (1999) for the longest streak in baseball history.
Sale, who has joined Hall-of-Famer Ed Walsh (1910-12) as the only pitchers in Sox history to fan 200-plus in three consecutive seasons, is attempting to join Walsh (1908-11) as the only Sox pitchers to lead the majors in strikeouts.
Quotes of the Day
@KlayThompson: “I hate to admit it but Trayce might be the best overall athlete in the fam lol.”
Robin on Trayce: “I think he belongs here. He knows that.”
“Sox Serve Week”
The White Sox celebrate “Sox Serve Week”–its seventh annual fundraising and community outreach campaign formerly know as Charities Week–during each day of the team’s current homestand that runs through Sunday. Presented in partnership with Magellan Corporation, MillerCoors and Wintrust Financial, “Sox Serve Week” engages the Sox fan base through community outreach events featuring current players and special fundraising opportunities including auctions and more.
On tap for tonight:
Field of Dreams with Special Olympics Athletes — White Sox players will welcome Special Olympics athletes to U.S. Cellular Field to participate in a baseball clinic.
White Sox Car Raffle — White Sox fans who purchase a raffle ticket for the chance to win a White Sox-themed 2015 Mazda6 i Sport will have the added opportunity to win autographed memorabilia, promotional items and tickets to future White Sox fames. Car raffle tickets will be available in Section 135 and on the outfield concourse near centerfield.
Last night, two members of the White Sox Amateur Elite (ACE) program joined the Sox during their pre-game preparation as part of “Sox Serve Week.” Gaining wisdom from Harold Baines, getting some strength and conditioning tips from Sox fitness guru Allen Thomas, chatting wth Adam LaRoche and Gordon Beckham and playing catch with Jose Abreu. Not too shabby.
Here are the wide-eyed youngsters when they first set their sights on their big-league lockers and uniforms.
Tonight: An “Inside Look at the Real Harold Baines.”
Erik the Great
RHP Erik Johnson continues to shine at Class AAA Charlotte. He won his 11th game of the season last night in the Knights’ 7-2 victory over Gwinnett, allowing just two runs in eight innings of work with seven Ks. Johnson is now second in the International League in wins and first in ERA (2.37) and strikeouts (136).
White Sox vs. Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (5-5, 4.22) for the Sox, LHP Vidal Nuno (0-1, 3.29) for Seattle.
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…
In Game 125 on August 26 at Seattle, Tadahito Iguchi‘s two-run homer in the top of the 12th inning gave the first-place White Sox their third straight triumph, a dramatic 5-3 victory over the Mariners for their 78th win of the season. Brian Anderson clubbed two homers–a solo shot and a two-run blast–both off of Seattle ace King Felix Hernandez. Luis Vizcaino won his sixth game in relief and Dustin Hermanson registered save No. 32.
Photo of the Day
Three members of the World Cup Champion U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, who are now playing with the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women’s Soccer League, received the honor of participating in the ceremonial first pitch prior to last night’s game. They are, clockwise from top left, Lori Chalupny, Julie Johnston and Christen Press.