A Lefty Unlike Any Other
Saturday, April 16, 2016
White Sox vs. Rays at Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida (5:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the second game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP John Danks (0-1, 9.00) for the Sox, RHP Erasmo Ramirez (1-0, 3.00), making his first start for Tampa Bay.
Danks will attempt to continue the Sox pitching excellence. Through 10 games our ERA is 2.02, best in the American League.
Last Night’s Highlights
Chris Sale was his dominant self and Melky Cabrera broke up a scoreless tie in the top of the ninth inning with an RBI single as the Sox won their fifth straight game and improved to 8-2 on the season with a 1-0 shutout win over the Rays…The Sox’ beginning-of-the-season streak equals their best 10-game start since 1982 and their 7-1 road mark is the best since 1973…Sale (3-0, 2.35) went the distance, allowing just two hits and no walks along with nine strikeouts in a brilliant complete game performance. It was his ninth career CG, his first shutout since 2013 and second in his career–and he did it in front of about 100 family and friends…Jimmy Rollins led off the ninth with a base hit, tagged up and moved to second on a Todd Frazier fly ball and scored with two outs on Cabrera’s hit. Rollins on getting into scoring position: “Those aren’t little things. That’s just winning baseball.”
Sale’s gem, Melky’s heroics and a terrific catch by Adam Eaton:
Quote of the Day
Sox Notes of Note (compliments of @ckamka and @SoxNerd):
–In the White Sox’ 17,964th game, Sale became the first lefty in team history to throw a 1-0 complete game road shutout in April. Righty Joel Horlen was the last Sox pitcher to do it, on April 22, 1967.
–Last night was the first White Sox 1-0 win with a run in the ninth since June 1, 1968 vs. the Twins at Comiskey Park.
–Last night was the Sox’ first 1-0 road win with a run in the ninth since August 3, 1953 at Washington.
A Plethora of Lefties=Soxcess
White Sox vs. Rays at Tropicana Field (12:0 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (1-0, 2.31) for the Sox, LHP Matt Moore (0-0, 3.00) for Tampa Bay.
Photo of the Day
This Melky selfie must have been good luck as Cabrera brought home the game-winner just hours later.