Twice as Nice
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Doubleheader Sweep in Motown
The White Sox swept the Tigers in yesterday’s day-night doubleheader.
Game 1: Simply put, Jeff Samardzija was brilliant in the opener of the twin bill with a complete game, one-hit shutout (click on top link below) as the Sox defeated the Tigers, 2-0. The lone hit was Victor Martinez‘s bloop single in the fifth inning, which was the only Detroit baserunner all afternoon. It’s also interesting to note that Shark’s 88 pitches were the fewest in a nine-inning CG this season in all of baseball. He also struck out six in earning his 10th win of the year…Offensively for the Sox, Carlos Sanchez was a triple shy of the cycle. He scored both runs with a solo homer (No. 5) in the sixth inning (click on bottom link) and doubled and came home with the first Sox run on an Adam Eaton single in the third.
Game 2: Erik Johnson recorded another quality start, Gordon Beckham belted a solo homer (No. 5), Jose Abreu doubled in his 96th run, Trayce Thompson doubled, tripled and scored plus Tyler Saladino tripled, scored and made a terrific leaping play at shortstop as the Sox completed the sweep, 3-2…In six innings of work, Johnson gave up a pair of runs and five hits while striking out nine to go 3-0…Nate Jones pitched a perfect seventh and eighth and David Robertson registered his 31st save with a scoreless ninth. He ended the game by striking out the dangerous Victor Martinez with the potential tying run on first base.
Enjoy the Beckham bomb, Saladino’s great grab and Robertson’s game-ending K.
White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park, Detroit (6:08 p.m. CT, CSN) in the third game of the four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (9-10, 3.45) for the Sox, LHP Daniel Norris (1-1, 4.68) for Detroit.
Q will make his 31st start of the season, 16th on the road and fifth against Detroit. He is 3-0 with a 2.72 and 33 strikeouts over his last six starts, five of which were quality. He received a no decision in his last start on September 17 vs. the A’s, allowing just one run on four hits over seven innings. That marked his 23rd quality start of the season.
Quote of the Day
Shark on his near-perfecto:
“That’s what I’m all about–I don’t carry over starts into the next start. I’m a professonal and I go out there and do my job regardless of what happened the last time. This is a tough sport. Even when you’re at your beat, it can get to you. You always have to be even-keeled.
“I needed to go back to my last couple of starts and see why good pitches were getting tatooed…It was pretty obvious on a few things I was doing, especially for my fastball. For me it’s such a big pitch, that if they know it’s coming, it really takes an edge off what I’m doing.
“Hopefully we can continue to get better and keep watching film and make sure there are no other things in there, and if there are, we can clean them up.”
Abreu has been named the Co-American League Player of the Week (September 14-20) along with the Rangers’ Prince Fielder.
Abreu batted .458 with two homers, two doubles, nine RBI, a .552 OBP and a 1.343 OPS during that span.
Michalczewski, May Headed to AFL
Two top Sox prospects, third baseman Trey Michalczewski (pictured on left below) and outfielder Jacob May (pictured on right), have been added to the Glendale Desert Dogs roster in the Arizona Fall League.
B.A. Behind the Mic
With Sox TV analyst Steve Stone observing the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur today and tomorrow, former Sox outfielder Brian Anderson will fill in and team up with Hawk Harrelson on the telecasts.
R.I.P Alex Monchak
Alex Monchak, who spent some 60 years in baseball and was on manager Chuck Tanner‘s White Sox coaching staff from 1971-75, passed away on September 12 at the age of 98.
White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (12:08 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Probable Starters: TBA for the Sox, RHP Justin Verlander (3-8, 3.46) for Detroit.
Photo of the Day
Last night’s win in the nightcap was a big one.