Sale Eyes Long-Standing Sox Strikeout Mark, Abreu Reaches Milestone
Friday, October 2, 2015
White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a season-ending three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (12-11, 3.48) for the Sox, RHP Alfredo Simon (13-11, 5.18) for Detroit.
Sale is scheduled to make his 31st and final start of the season,16th at home and third against Detroit. Chris needs three strikeouts tonight to break Hall of Famer Ed Walsh‘s single-season club record of 269 set in 1908. The Sox All-Star lefty has tossed 201.2 innings, compared to Walsh’s 464. If Sale breaks the mark, he would join Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer as the only active pitchers to own a club strikeout record.
Last Night’s Highlights
With his two-run single in the seventh inning (click on link below) of last night’s loss, Jose Abreu joined Albert Pujols as the only players in major-league history with 30-plus homers and 100-plus RBI in each of their first two seasons. Jose now stands at 30 and 101…With a double and walk, Adam Eaton extended his on-base streak to 20 games (.354)…With a pair of hits (and an RBI), Trayce Thompson is batting .419 over his last 10 home games.
And here’s more of Abreu’s impressive production over his first two seasons:
Quote of the Day
Robin on Abreu’s milestone:
“It’s a big accomplishment for him. All the guys are proud of him. It’s special for a guy to be able to do that…there’s not a big list. This game’s been around a long time and for somebody to accomplish that just shows to his character and dedication and him coming to the park everyday as a pro.”
New Video Boards to be Added for the 2016 Season
At the start of next season, three new video boards will be installed at U.S. Cellular Field. Check out the first renderings below.
Sox SVP of Sales and Marketing Brooks Boyer on the new video boards:
“Come Opening Day next year, it’s going to look a lot different. Obviously, this adds a lot of flexibility to our game presentation for our sponsors and to ultimately create a better entertainment experience for our fans.”
White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Probable Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (3-1, 3.45) for the Sox, RHP Justin Verlander (5-8, 3.39) for Detroit.
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…
In Game 3 of the American League Division Series at Fenway Park in Boston, the White Sox completed the ALDS sweep with a 5-3 win. Paul Konerko broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run homer in the sixth inning. Manny Ramirez led off Boston’s sixth with a solo homer, his second of the game, and the Red Sox then loaded the bases with no outs against Damaso Marte. However, Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez came in and worked out of the jam by retiring Jason Varitek and Tony Graffanino on popups before striking out Johnny Damon to end the threat. In all, El Duque tossed three scoreless innings. The Sox added an insurance run in the ninth inning on a suicide squeeze bunt by Juan Uribe and rookie Bobby Jenks pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his second save of the series. On to the American League Championship Series.
Photo/Video of the Day
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