Saturday Roundup: Q Looks to Stop Twins, Sox Honor Members of Military on 9/11 Anniversary and More…
Saturday, September 12, 2015
White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (8-10, 3.60) for the Sox, LHP Tommy Milone (8-4, 3.54) for Minnesota.
Q will make his 29th start of the season, 14th at home and third vs. Minnesota. He is 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA and 26 strikeouts over his last five starts and earned the win in his last outing on September 5 at Kansas City, tossing seven scoreless innings.
Last Night’s Highlights
Adam Eaton crushed a two-run homer over the centerfield wall (No. 13) to tie the game at 2-2 in the fifth inning, but the Sox dropped a 6-2 decision to the Twins in the series opener…Mike Olt reached base three times with a pair of singles and a walk.
Here’s Eaton’s homer, another great catch by Avi Garcia in rightfield and a sensational play by Micah Johnson at second base.
Quote of the Day
Former scout Bernie Pleskoff on Sox pitching prospect Frankie Montas, one of the players who joined the Sox as part of the September call-ups.
“…The debate about the ideal role for Montas has generated differences of opinions from scouts. Some say he is best suited as a back-end-of-the-bullpen pitcher because of his high-velocity fastball and his wipeout slider. Others feel he is best suited as a starter.
“The White Sox started Chris Sale and Carlos Rodon in the bullpen. Now they are prominent starters and the anchors of their rotation. I sense a similar path for Montas. If his command and control continue to develop, he will likely win a job in the 2016 rotation…”
Putnam Activated from DL
Zach Putnam was reinstated from the disabled list yesterday and came on in the ninth last night. The active roster is now at 32.
Sox Pay Tribute to Troops
On the 14th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the White Sox and the Volunteer Corps hosted members of the military yesterday at the ballpark for a USO Luncheon and honored our nation’s heroes on the field before the game. John Danks spoke to the troops at the luncheon and thanked them for their service.
Danks as You’ve Never Seen Him Before
Having lost a friendly bet to Sox broadcaster and diehard Notre Dame fan Ed Farmer over the ND-Texas game a week ago today, Longhorn loyalist Danks made good on his obligation after the Domers’ convincing victory. During BP before last night’s game the Sox lefty dressed up as a leprechaun. By the way, is it just a coincidence that former Irish baseball and football standout Jeff Samardzija was seen in the vicinity as part of the prank?
Now Batting for the White Sox, DH Will Ferrell
White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (12-8, 3.31) for the Sox, RHP Kyle Gibson (9-10, 3.87) for Minnesota.
Photo of the Day
For Sox fans of a certain age, this is as fun a photo as you’ll be able to find. For younger fans, here are the rather diminutive Hall of Famers Luis Aparicio (left) and Nellie Fox (right) during the pennant-winning season of 1959 playfully comparing their strength with slugger Ted Kluszewski–whose ample muscles bulging out of his sleeveless jersey was his trademark.