White Sox “Kids” Win Arizona League Title, Montas Makes Big-League Debut
Thursday, September 3, 2015
The White Sox (shown above) won the rookie-level Arizona League championship last night at the Peoria Sports Complex by defeating the Mariners, 3-2. Read more…
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (12:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (8-11, 4.85) for the Sox, RHP Kyle Gibson (9-9, 3.82) for Minnesota.
Last Night’s Highlights
Carlos Rodon (pictured below) gave up two runs and five hits in six innings in the Sox’ 3-0 loss to the Twins. In his last five starts, all quality, Rodon has a 1.85 ERA and a .186 opponents batting average in 34 innings pitched…Highly touted right-hander Frankie Montas, called up on Tuesday, made his major league debut a successful one. He began the inning striking out the tough Miguel Sano and ultimately pitched a perfect eighth, reaching 99 mph (click on link below).
Quotes of the Day
Montas on his first MLB appearance:
“I was nervous. My legs were kind of shaking. I was like, ‘Oh, my God. I’m really here.’ I was thinking just try to throw the ball for a strike.”
GM Rick Hahn on September call-up Erik Johnson, who started the 2014 season with the Sox and was named the International League’s Most Valuable Pitcher this season:
“He’s already accomplished a great deal in 2015 and should head into the offseason with a great deal of confidence and the feeling that he’s very much back in the mix. You want him to do well here and have a good experience at the big-league level. But after what he has accomplished in the first five months, it’s a little bit secondary in terms of assessing his season.”
Anderson, May and Marrero Named Southern League All-Stars
White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (6-12, 4.82) for the Sox, RHP Kris Medlen (3-0, 3.51) for KC.
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…
In Game 132 on September 1 at U.S. Cellular Field, the first-place White Sox pounded the Tigers, 12-3, for their 81st victory of the season. A.J. Pierzynski had a 3-3 day with a solo homer (No. 18), two doubles and three RBI, Jermaine Dye slammed his 26th home run, a solo shot, and Carl Everett went deep with a two-run blast, his 21st. Juan Uribe went 3-4 with two doubles and a pair of RBI. Jose Contreras tossed seven innings for his 10th win of the year.
Photo of the Day
Frankie Montas: A name–and face–to remember.