A Quality Start, a Homer, a Catch and a Big Sox Win
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
White Sox Top Royals for Fourth Straight Time
Jeff Samardzija tossed seven strong innings for his 11th win (click on top link below), Adam Eaton went deep for his 14th homer, a two-run shot (click on bottom link), and Trayce Thompson made an “unbelievable” catch in left field as the Sox defeated the Royals, 4-2, in the series opener for their fourth consecutive triumph over the AL Central champions…Jose Abreu (No. 98) and Alexei Ramirez each delivered an RBI and Eaton, Abreu, Ramirez and Carlos Sanchez each collected a pair of hits. Reliever Matt Albers extended his scoreless streak to 19 appearances (21.1 IP) and closer David Robertson pitched a perfect ninth for his 33rd save.
In the second inning, Thompson was robbed of a home run by KC’s Lorenzo Cain at the centerfield wall. The Sox rookie, however, got back at the Royals in the seventh inning with a spectacular diving catch that prevented the tying run from scoring.
How great was it? Just ask Shark:
“Unbelievable. Unbelievable. I’ve seen some good catches before, been part of a couple here and there, and that was one of the coolest ones I’ve seen in a while. He closed a big gap on the ball and sold out for it.”
Here it is:
White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (9-10, 3.38) for the Sox, RHP Edinson Volquez (13-9, 3.65) for Kansas City.
Q is scheduled to make his 32nd and final start of the season, 16th at home and sixth vs. KC. He earned the win in his last start vs. the Royals on September 5, tossing seven scoreless innings with five strikeouts in a 6-1 Sox victory.
Quote of the Day
White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper on Quintana (via Scott Merkin, whitesox.com):
“There is nothing that I don’t like about Jose Quintana. He’s the model of consistency, he’s the model of hard work. He’s the model of preparation. When you say somebody is coachable, he’s that guy.
“I can remember the first day we had him and everything that’s gone on with him since then and how he doesn’t forget anything, how he adds it in. He is going to get every ounce out of his ability. He has not taken a day off since we’ve gotten him here.”
A Gold Glove for Birmingham’s Joey DeMichele
Class AA Birmingham Joey DeMichele (pictured below) has been awarded a minor-league Gold Glove award for his play at second base. He registered a .985 fielding percentage in 665 total chances and was involved in 91 double plays.
DeMichele, 24, was selected out of Arizona State in the third round in 2012. This was his first full season in Class AA.
No. 1 Pick Fulmer at Sox Instructional League
White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (7-14, 4.53) for the Sox, RHP Kris Medlen (5-2, 4.30) for KC.
Photo of the Day
Young Sox fans gather around their newest hero, Trayce Nikolas Thompson–or as some of us call him, “TNT.”