Labor Day: Monday, September 7, 2015
Yesterday’s Happy Highlights
The White Sox completed a three-game sweep over the Royals for their fourth straight victory. Red-hot Adam Eaton knocked out three hits including a home run and had a hand in the final two Sox runs; Erik Johnson was impressive in winning his first start of the season; Jose Abreu and Avi Garcia each delivered two RBIs and the back end of the bullpen shut the door for the 7-5 triumph.
The Sox jumped out to a 3-0 first-inning lead over KC’s Johnny Cueto and enjoyed a 6-1 advantage when Eaton smashed his 12th homer of the season, a solo shot, in the sixth. Kansas City then rallied for two runs in both the sixth and seventh innings to narrow the Sox lead to 6-5.
Zach Duke came on in the eighth and struck out the middle of the Royals order 1-2-3. In the top of the ninth, Eaton led off with a double, moved to third on an Alexei Ramirez grounder and scored on Jose Abreu‘s sac fly to give the Sox some insurance. David Robertson earned his 29th save by pitching a perfect bottom half of the inning.
Johnson had a quality start in his first outing after being recalled from Class AAA Charlotte, where he was the International League’s Most Valuable Pitcher. He tossed six innings, allowing three runs on five hits, struck out three and didn’t walk a batter.
Third baseman Mike Olt, who was claimed off of waivers, made his Sox debut yesterday and collected a pair of singles. Melky Cabrera had a pair of hits and two walks and Ramirez, who is batting .500 in September with seven runs scored and six RBI, had a pair of base hits. Eaton is hitting .542 this month with eight RBI and four runs scored.
Enjoy the Eaton homer and highlights of Johnson’s performance:
This Afternoon’s Game
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.
Sale will make his 27th start of the season, 15th at home and third vs. the Indians. He is 3-0 with a 3.24 ERA and 53 strikeouts over his last five starts and leads the American League and ranks second in the major leagues with 239 Ks.
Quotes of the Day
–Johnson on his performance:
“I think it’s just the body of work that I’ve been producing this year and when you go out there and do exactly what I’ve been doing this year, it’s a pretty proud moment.”
–Olt, once one of baseball’s most promising prospects, on joining the Sox:
“I’ve had kind of a crazy career, and the one thing about it, everything happens for a reason. I’m excited to get another opportunity here and try to take advantage of it and just excited to get going.”
White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the middle game of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (6-6, 4.10) for the Sox, RHP Carlos Carrasco (12-9, 3.53) for Cleveland.
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…
In Game 136 on September 5 at Fenway Park in Boston, the first-place White Sox captured their fifth straight win and 85th of the season with a 5-3 triumph over Curt Schilling and the Red Sox. Brandon McCarthy tossed a seven-inning, three-hit shutout with seven strikeouts for his second career win and Paul Konerko (No. 34) and Juan Uribe (11) connected for solo homers. Uribe went 3-4 with two runs batted in on the day and Tadahito Iguchi and Timo Perez each added an RBI.
Photo of the Day
Catcher Rob Brantly, who played for both Charlotte and Class AA Birmingham this season, also made his Sox debut yesterday–and drove in a run with a sac fly in his second at bat.
@robbrantly: @whitesox Great Series in KC now back home to Chicago✈️✈️✈️✈️#soxwin #whitesox #mlb