Booming Bats Put Sox on Verge of Series Win
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Last Night’s Highlights
Carlos Sanchez (No. 4), Jose Abreu (29) and Mike Olt (2) all homered and the White Sox scored six runs in the fourth inning as we routed the A’s in Game 3 of the four-game series for a chance today to win the series…The Sanchez and Olt roundtrippers were two-run shots and Abreu’s blast was a solo homer. Abreu added another RBI, giving him 93 this season…Melky Cabrera added to the offensive output with a two-run double…Erik Johnson had a quality start, allowing three runs in six innings to go 2-0…Frankie Montas pitched two scoreless, hitless frames with two strikeouts and Scott Carroll, just recalled from Class AAA Charlotte, pitched the ninth.
Enjoy the Sanchez, Abreu and Olt home runs:
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. A’s at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the series and 10-game homestand. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (9-10, 3.53) for the Sox, LHP Sean Nolin (1-1, 3.09) for Oakland.
Q will be making his 30th start of the season, 15th at home and first against Oakland. He is 3-1 with a 3.31 ERA and 31 strikeouts over his last six starts, five of which have been quality.
Jose earned the win in his last start on September 12 vs. the Twins, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits while striking out five and walking three over six innings. It was his 22nd quality start of the season.
Quote of the Day
In Wednesday’s post, we quoted Trayce Thompson about reaching the major leagues. Here’s Robin Ventura‘s take on the Sox rookie (via Colleen Kane, Tribune):
“His maturity, his progression, his experience in learning, it’s different. He’s a more mature kid. He has filled out, he’s stronger, more confident…It’s part of feeling confident enough to do it, having enough reps so when he gets up here it’s not a fluke that he’s a good player. How much he’s going to take (the opportunity) and go with it, that’s always going to be up to him. But is he a big-league player? Yeah, he’s a big-league player.”
Sox Notes of Note
The White Sox have won eight of their last 13 games…The Sox are 21-11 against the American League West this season…The nine runs represented a season-high at home…Abreu is hitting .377 with five home runs and 13 RBI over his last 13 games…Cabrera is batting .340 with eight RBI over his last 11 games at home…Adam Eaton is hitting .382 with 12 runs scored over his last 16 games…Olt became the first player to homer for the Sox and Cubs in the same season.
White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and 11-game road trip that continues with four against both the Tigers and Yankees. Probable Starters: Chris Sale (12-9, 3.55) for the Sox, RHP Cody Anderson (4-3, 3.68) for the Tribe.
Photo of the Day
Tyler Saladino shows his love on a night that our “best friends” took over the ballpark.