All’s Well That Ends Well
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
White Sox vs. A’s at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the second game of the four-game series. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (9-12, 4.89) for the Sox, RHP Aaron Brooks (1-3, 7.62) for Oakland.
Last Night’s Highlights
Melky Cabrera‘s two-out, walk-off single in the bottom of the 14th inning gave the White Sox an exciting 8-7 triumph in the series opener. It was a sweet win for sure, but the road to victory got a bit bumpy in a bizarre top of the ninth inning.
The Sox entered the ninth with a 7-3 advantage, but two A’s hits, a wild pitch, a dropped third strike, a catcher’s interference, a walk and a passed ball later, Oakland tied the score at 7-7.
The relief corps of Nate Jones (0.2 IP), Zach Duke (0.2), Jake Petricka (1.2) and winning pitcher Dan Jennings (2.0) was outstanding in the final five frames, holding the A’s scoreless until Melky’s clutch hit scored Geovany Soto. Soto, who singled to lead off the 14th, moved to second on an Adam Eaton sac bunt and slid in just ahead of Josh Reddick‘s accurate throw from rightfield with the game-winner.
If the game had ended in the ninth, the four-run third inning–featuring two-run homers by Jose Abreu (No. 28) and Trayce Thompson (4)–and a three-run fourth highlighted by an Abreu two-RBI single, would have been the lead along with John Danks‘ performance. The Sox lefty had another quality start, allowing three runs and three hits in seven innings.
With 28 homers and 90 RBI, Abreu is on his way to joining Albert Pujols as the only major leaguers to record 30-100 seasons in their first two years. Thompson, who left in the ninth inning with a left elbow strain and is day-to-day, is batting .436 with three home runs and 12 RBI at home this season.
The Sox pounded out 16 hits led by Cabrera’s four, Abreu’s three and two each by Eaton, Alexei Ramirez and Tyler Flowers.
Enjoy the Melkman’s walk-off, the Abreu and Thompson homers and Dank’s solid start:
Sox Notes of Note
The White Sox are now an impressive 13-3 in extra innings and 20-10 against the American League West…Matt Albers, who pitched a perfect eighth inning with a pair of Ks, made his career-high 14th straight scoreless appearance (17.2 IP)…Ramirez is hitting .373 with 14 runs scored over his last 14 games…Eaton is hitting .362 in his last 17 games…Avi Garcia is batting .324 in his last 10.
Quote of the Day
Carlos Rodon will make his next start in Cleveland on Saturday. Here’s an interesting tidbit:
@ckamka: Rodon is youngest #WhiteSox pitcher with 6 straight quality starts since Mark Buehrle in 2001
Robertson is Sox Clemente Award Nominee
Congratulations to White Sox closer David Robertson who has been named one of the 30 club nominees for the Roberto Clemente Award. The award recognizes a player who best represents the game with positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.
Fan voting will begin tomorrow, on Roberto Clemente Day, to help decide who succeeds the Sox’ Paul Konerko and Jimmy Rollins who shared the honor last season. The winner will be announced at the World Series.
David and his wife Erin created High Socks for Hope, a 501 (c) 3 Nonprofit Corporation, to help those affected by tornadoes, hurricanes and other natural disasters. The charity was created after a tornado devasted Robertson’s hometown of Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 2011.
LaRoche Named Feller Finalist
Adam LaRoche has been named a finalist for the 2015 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award. The award recognizes and honors those who support our service men.
White Sox vs. A’s at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the third game of the four-game series. Probable Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (1-0, 3.27) for the Sox, RHP Jesse Chavez (7-15, 4.18) for Oakland.
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…
In Game 143 on September 13 at Kansas City, the first-place White Sox defeated the Royals, 6-4, for their 88th win of the season. Aaron Rowand went 4-4 with three doubles and an RBI and Scott Podsednik, Jermaine Dye, A.J. Pierzynski and Juan Uribe each drove in a run. Jose Contreras won this 12th game of the season and Bobby Jenks recorded his second save.
Photo of the Day
The Bulls’ Doug McDermott threw out the ceremonial first pitch last evening on Sox-Bulls Night.