Saturday Sox-plosion Sets Stage for Sale Sunday and Series Win
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Last Night’s Highlights
On the strength of a seven-run fourth inning and six strong innings from Jose Quintana, the White Sox topped the Twins and nemesis Tommy Milone, 8-2, to even the series at 1-1 and put themselves in position to win two of three.
The seven-run inning tied a season high and the Sox pounded out 15 hits. Adam Eaton led the hit parade with three and Melky Cabrera, J.B. Shuck, Trayce Thompson, Mike Olt and Carlos Sanchez each collected two hits–including a double apiece by J.B., Trayce and Carlos. Sanchez also drove in a pair of runs while Eaton, Cabrera, Shuck, Thompson and Alexei Ramirez each recorded an RBI.
Q, or El Machine as he’s known in the clubhouse according to Thompson, gave up just one earned run (two overall) on four hits with five strikeouts in the six frames–and both tallies came in the first inning. The bullpen held the Twins scoreless for the final three innings.
The seven-run fourth and Quintana’s performance:
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the rubber game of the series. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (12-8, 3.31) for the Sox, RHP Kyle Gibson (9-10, 3.87) for Minnesota.
Sale will be making his 28th start of the season, 15th at home and sixth vs. Minnesota. He is 3-1 with a 2.59 ERA and 61 strikeouts over his last six starts.
The Sox’ All-Star lefty leads the American League with 247 strikeouts and is second only in the major leagues to the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, who has fanned 259. Chris is now 23 Ks away from Hall of Famer Ed Walsh‘s single-season franchise record.
Quote of the Day
White Sox vs. A’s at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (7-12, 4.60) for the Sox, RHP Sonny Gray (13-7, 2.28) for Oakland.
Photo/Video of the Day
Thirty-nine years ago yesterday, a 50-year-old Minnie Minoso recorded the final base hit of his illustrious career. Click on the link for more: