“I’ve Never Seen That Before”
Saturday, April 23, 2016
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the second game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-2, 4.73) for the Sox, RHP Colby Lewis (1-0, 4.00) for Texas.
Last Night’s Highlights
The quote in the headline above was Todd Frazier‘s emotional reaction as he celebrated with his teammates in the dugout after the Sox executed a mind-boggling 9-3-2-6-2-5 seventh-inning triple play (see video above and click on link below) en route to a 5-0 victory over the Rangers…Jose Quintana (2-1, 1.82) had another excellent outing, blanking Texas for seven innings, allowing just four hits and a pair of walks along with four strikeouts…Brett Lawrie doubled in a pair of runs after a two-out walk to Frazier and a Melky Cabrera double and Jerry Sands singled in Lawrie in a three-run sixth…Jose Abreu drove in a run on a sac fly in the third…Matt Albers came on in the eighth and extended his consecutive scoreless appearance streak to 28 (31 innings pitched)…Zach Putnam pitched a scoreless ninth.
Quote of the Day
Robin on the triple play:
“If anybody on the field deserves to have that happen for them, it’s Q,” referring of course to the long list of no-decisions that Quintana has endured.
Sox Notes of Note
The White Sox are off to their best 17-game start since 2006 (12-5) and are 8-4 over the last 12 games…Last night’s triple play was the first by the Sox since September 18, 2006 in the first inning vs. the Tigers.
Oh, That Pitching
The Sox recorded their fourth shutout of the season, their most over the first 17 games of a season since 1947 (four)…We have held the opposition to one or no runs in eight of the 17 contests…The White Sox bullpen is 1-0 with a major-league best 1.55 ERA and 37 strikeouts over its first 16 games…Quintana is 4-1 with a 1.63 ERA and eight quality starts over his last nine dating back to September 5 of last year.
Quite a Night
While the Sox were executing one of the craziest triple plays in recent memory, there were some other pretty exciting moments in the organization last night (via @futuresox).
The Class AAA Charlotte Knights, down 4-1 entering the ninth, scored three runs to send the game into extra innings. Then, if that weren’t enough drama, first baseman Danny Hayes belted a walk-off grand slam in the 10th to give the Knights an 8-5 victory.
The high-Class A Winston-Salem Dash powered their way to a 13-8 win over host Salem on 20 hits. Leading the way was third baseman Gerson Montilla, who hit for the first Dash cycle since 2008.
White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Mat Latos (3-0, 0.49) for the Sox, LHP Derek Holland (2-0, 2.70) for Texas.
Photo of the Day
Somehow, Melky found himself promoting the upcoming NFL Draft that takes place in Chicago April 28-30.