Sox News & Notes on a Rubber Game Wednesday
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the rubber game of the three-game series. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (9-11, 4.87) for the Sox, RHP Jeff Tomlin (4-1, 2.55) for the Tribe.
Last Night’s Highlights
Carlos Rodon posted victory No. 7, Rob Brantly belted a three-run homer and Jose Abreu went deep for the 26th time with a solo shot as the White Sox topped the Tribe, 7-4, to even the series…Rodon tossed seven strong innings, allowing a lone run on five hits and a walk along with eight strikeouts (click on top link below)…Brantley’s second-inning home run came after Avi Garcia and Trayce Thompson singled and gave the Sox an early 3-0 advantage (see photo above and second link). The lefty-hitting catcher, who was called up from Class AAA Charlotte on September 1, collected his first major-league hit since September 12, 2013…Abreu homered in the third (click on third link), singled in another run in the fifth inning, doubled and scored in the seventh, ending up a triple shy of the cycle…Thompson, Garcia and Alexei Ramirez all had two-hit nights while Trayce drove in a pair of runs (click on bottom link).
The White Sox’ expanded September roster now numbers 31 as second baseman Micah Johnson was recalled yesterday from Class AAA Charlotte. Johnson, who began the season with the Sox, batted .270 with two doubles, three runs scored and three stolen bases in 27 games before being optioned to the Knights.
With Charlotte, Micah batted .315 with 17 doubles, three triples, eight homers, 36 RBI, 54 runs scored and 28 stolen bases in 78 games. He finished the AAA season tied for fifth in the International League in steals.
Here’s Micah playing a game of H-O-R-S-E with a portable hoop in centerfield against Chicago Sky star Elena Delle Donne before last night’s game. Sources report that Delle Donne, who was at the ballpark to throw out a ceremonial first pitch, was the clear-cut winner over Micah.
Quote of the Day
Reliever Matt Albers, who is 2-0 with a 1.57 ERA in 28.2 innings (20 games), on how he deals with pressure situations (via @CSNHayes).
“I’m able to try not to let the game speed up. You can get the heart rate get going a little, overthrow right there, and when I do my ball stops sinking and starts getting hit hard…”
Mark your calendars. SoxFest 2016 will take place January 29-31 at the Hilton Chicago. Click on link for more info:
Off Day. On Friday, White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN+) in the opener of a three-game series. Probable Starters: TBA for the Sox, RHP Ervin Santana (4-4, 4.93) for Minnesota.
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…
In Game 38 on September 7, the first-place White Sox won their seventh straight and 87th of the season with a 1-0 victory over the Royals at U.S. Cellular Field. Paul Konerko provided all the offense the Sox needed with a two-out solo blast in the third inning, his 36th homer of the year. Jose Contreras picked up his 11th win, tossing 7.2 scoreless innings, and Dustin Hermanson recorded his 34th save.
Photo of the Day
Here’s your 2016 White Sox schedule, which is subject to change with times and broadcasts to be released at a later date. The Sox open the season April 4 at Oakland and Opening Day at home is April 8 vs. Cleveland. Click on link for more information.