Hot Sox Take American League’s Best Record On The Road
Monday, April 25, 2016
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, Toronto (6:07 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and seven-game road trip that continues with four in Baltimore. Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (1-0, 2.45 in two starts at Class AAA Charlotte) for the Sox, RHP Marcus Stroman (3-0, 4.13) for the Jays.
Gonzalez, just promoted from the Knights, has a career 3-2, 2.82 ERA at Rogers Centre. He has won 39 games in four big-league seasons with a 3.82 ERA, all with the Orioles.
Mat Latos joined Chris Sale in the 4-0 club with another outstanding performance, Dioner Navarro homered (1) and had a sac fly and Brett Lawrie singled and doubled with a run batted in as the Sox completed the three-game sweep with a 4-1 victory. The win, which finished a 5-2 homestand, gives the Good Guys the American League’s best record at 13-6 and keeps them a half-game ahead of the Royals in the A.L. Central…Latos tossed six innings, giving up just one run on seven hits. His ERA is now 0.74. Here’s Mat’s numbers through four starts this season: 0.74 ERA, 24.1 IP, 13 Hits, 13 K, 7 BB, 1 HR, 0.822 WHIP and 6-plus IP, 1 or 0 runs in all 4 starts (via @ckamka)…Zach Duke and Nate Jones pitched scoreless ball in the eighth and ninth, respectively, and David Robertson earned his seventh save by striking out the side in the ninth.
Sox Notes of Note
The White Sox are the first A.L. team to post 13 wins and it’s their best 19-game start since 2006 (also 13-6)…The Sox have an A.L. best 2.28 ERA, the lowest for the franchise through 19 games since 1966 (2.02)…The Sox have now allowed 1 or 0 runs in 9 of 19 games this season, the most such games through the first 19 contests in team history (via @ckamka)…Over the last six games Sox starters have an ERA of 1.15…The Rangers came into the series leading the league with 70 runs. They scored four vs. White Sox in the three-game series…Lawrie is batting .347 with seven RBI, six runs scored, six doubles, six walks and one homer over his last 14 games. He recorded his sixth multi-hit game yesterday.
Quote of the Day
Alex Avila‘s hamstring injury, which forced the Sox to place him on the disabled list, has provided an opportunity for 27-year-old catcher Kevan Smith (pictured above) to reach the major leagues for the first time. Here’s Kevan’s reaction yesterday to being in “The Show.”
“It’s still an emotional roller coaster right now. I’m talking to buddies that I played (with) back in rookie ball and A-ball, and they’re like, this isn’t Kannapolis anymore, just making little jokes and stuff like that. It’s just kind of a dream becoming reality and I’m trying to soak everything in today and just get my bearings.”
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre (6:07 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the second game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (4-0, 1.80) for the Sox, RHP R.A. Dickey (1-2, 6.10) for the Jays.
Photo of the Day
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