The Return of Erik Johnson and a Chance to Sweep the Royals
Sunday, September 6, 2015
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) as the Sox go for the sweep in the finale of the three-game series and six-game homestand. Probable Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (season debut) for the Sox, RHP Johnny Cueto (2-4, 4.21) for KC.
Between the 2013 and 2014 seasons Johnson (pictured above) made 10 starts with the White Sox and compiled a 4-3 record. He began the ’14 campaign in the Sox starting rotation then spent most of the year at Class AAA Charlotte without much success. He has rebounded nicely this season with the Knights registering an 11-8 record, a 2.37 ERA, 136 strikeouts and was named the International League’s Most Valuable Pitcher.
Last Night’s Highlights
The White Sox won their third straight game and for the second night in a row dominated the defending American League champion and current AL Central Division-leading Royals. Friday night it was a 12-1 victory and last evening the Sox came away with a 6-1 triumph.
Like John Danks the night before, Jose Quintana executed a masterful Saturday performance. Winning his eighth game of the season, Q tossed seven shutout innngs, allowing seven hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out five (click on top link below).
Alexei Ramirez, 6-9 with five RBI in the first two games of the series, belted a three-run homer (No. 9) in the fourth inning to give the Sox a 3-0 advantage (click on second link). Geovany Soto added a solo homer (9) in the seventh (click on bottom link) and Adam Eaton and Melky Cabrera both singled in insurance runs in the ninth.
The Sox collected 11 hits after knocking out 17 on Friday night. Ramirez, Avi Garcia and Gordon Beckham led the way with two apiece and everybody in the lineup but Trayce Thompson delivered a hit.
Quote of the Day
Johnson is looking at his major-league return in matter-of-fact fashion.
“I have my routine and I have what I think I need to do in between each start to be ready and be that consistent guy. That’s what I’ve been focusing on, that’s what I’ve been doing.”
Sox Notes of Note
The White Sox are 17-11 on the road since June 30 with only the Yankees having a better mark (17-10) in the AL during that span…The Sox have also outscored their opponents 147-89 in the last 28 road games.
Sox Claim Mike Olt
The Sox have claimed infielder Mike Olt off waivers from the Cubs. He is expected to join the major-league roster soon.
@ChiTribKane: Ventura on Olt: “He’s a power bat, and we’ve been searching for that. … We are fairly intrigued by having him here and getting him going.”
Tomorrow’s Schedule: A Labor Day Matinee
White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and 10-game homestand that continues with three against the Twins and four vs. the A’s. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (12-7, 3.29) for the Sox, RHP Trevor Bauer (10-11, 4.56) for the Tribe.
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…
In Game 135 on September 4 at U.S. Cellular Field, Jon Garland won his 17th game in a 2-0 complete game shutout over the Tigers. Tadahito Iguchi got the Sox on the board in the first with an RBI single and Paul Konerko connected for his 33rd homer, a solo shot, in the fourth for all the runs the White Sox needed. It was the first-place Sox’ fourth straight win and 84th victory of the season.
Photo of the Day
Meet Olt, once one of baseball’s top prospects, who will begin his career anew with the White Sox.