First-Place Sox Looking for Third Straight Triumph and Series Win
Thursday, April 21, 2016
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series, in which the Sox have won two of the first three. Starting Pitchers: LHP John Danks (0-2, 7.94) for the Sox, RHP Jered Weaver (1-0, 4.35) for L.A.
Chris Sale was once again dominant (click on top link below) and Tyler Saladino homered for the first time this season, a first-inning solo shot (click on middle link), as the Sox won their second game in a row with a 2-1 nail-biter over the Angels to improve their record to 10-5 on the season…David Robertson (1.1 IP) claimed his sixth save (click on bottom link) in as many tries and has converted 11 consecutive saves since September 19, 2015. He earned his first save of four outs or more since May 16 of last year.
All About Sale
Sale (4-0) tossed a stellar seven innings, allowing just one unearned run, two hits, no walks along with three strikeouts and lowered his ERA to a miniscule 1.80 in his 200th big-league appearance…He is also the first pitcher in the major leagues to reach four victories…Chris had his team season-high 16 scoreless inning streak snapped in the eighth…It was the third longest of his career and longest since May 23-June 8, 2015 (22.2 IP)…He has not allowed a walk in 21 consecutive innings…Sale is the first Sox pitcher since Mark Buehrle in 2005 to go seven innings in four straight starts to begin a season…He also has started the season 4-0 for the second time in his career (5-0 in 2014) and is 5-0 with a 1.39 ERA and 37 strikeouts lifetime vs the Angels.
Quote of the Day
Catcher Alex Avila, who caught Sale’s gem yesterday, on his talented batterymate:
“He’s always trying to get better, and I’m maybe trying to bring a little different perspective for him and see if he can make it a special season.”
Sox Notes of Note
The White Sox are enjoying their best 15-game start since 2006 and have a half-game lead over the Royals in the American League Central…The Sox bullpen is 1-0 with a 1.52 ERA and 35 strikeouts over its first 14 games of the season…Brett Lawrie walked a career-high three times yesterday, the most on the team this season…Adam Eaton (1), Todd Frazier (2) and Lawrie (1) each stole a base.
White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (1-1, 2.55) for the Sox, LHP Martin Perez (0-1, 3.44).
Photo/Video of the Day
It’s all about recovery. Here’s Jerry Sands‘ perfect throw which cut down Mike Trout at second base in the ninth inning after the ball got by him at first base.