Seventh Heaven

Chicago White Sox v Toronto Blue Jays

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Today’s News

Last Night’s Highlights

Trailing 5-1 heading into the seventh inning, the White Sox put five runs on the board to take a 6-5 lead, added another in the top of the ninth and held on for an exciting, come-from-behind 7-5 triumph over the Blue Jays in Toronto. The Sox are now 14-6, have won four straight, six of seven and own the best record in the American League.

The Seventh: Melky Cabrera singled, Brett Lawrie grounded into a force out, Cabrera out at second. Avi Garcia singled, Lawrie to second. Dioner Navarro grounded out, Lawrie to third, Garcia to second. Austin Jackson walked. Brett Cecil replaced Marcus Stroman for the Jays. Adam Eaton singled, Lawrie scored, Garcia scored. Jackson went to second. Jimmy Rollins singled, scoring Jackson with Eaton moving to second. Jose Abreu, who drove in the first Sox run in the first inning with a groundout, walked. Eaton to third. Rollins to second. With former Sox righty Gavin Floyd on the mound for Toronto, Todd Frazier doubled, scoring Eaton and Rollins.

Check out the inning for yourself:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=626772783

It’s also important to note that the seventh inning has been quite productive so far this season for the Sox. They have scored 17 runs. Next is the third inning with nine (via @ckamka).

The Ninth: Rollins doubled, Abreu walked, Rollins stole third. Frazier lifted a sac fly scoring Rollins for the insurance run.

Rollins went 3 for 5 with a double, two runs scored, a stolen base and an RBI; Eaton was 2 for 5 with two runs scored and two RBI; Frazier 2 for 3, a walk, a double and three RBI; and Garcia went 2-4 with a run scored.

Zach Putnam (1.1 IP), Dan Jennings (0.1), Matt Albers (1.0), and David Robertson (1.0) pitched scoreless ball in relief of starter Miguel Gonzalez. Albers extended his scoreless-inning streak to 33 over his last 30 appearances dating back to last season. The appearance mark is a Sox record, breaking the previous standard of 29 set by Jesse Crain in 2013. Putnam earned the victory and Robertson got through the tough part of the Blue Jay lineup in the ninth for his eighth save.

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Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, Toronto (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.

Quote of the Day

Veteran Sox catcher Navarro on Sale:

“The guy’s a warrior. One of the toughest and craziest guys to catch. He’s really emotional. He’s really a go-getter. He goes after it hard all the time. He’s just so competitive, so intense.” (via Toronto Star)

Click on link below for more:

http://www.thestar.com/sports/bluejays/2016/04/25/white-sox-ace-chris-sale-a-warrior-says-dioner-navarro.html

Giving New Meaning to the Term Backstop

Kevan Smith, just called up from Class AAA Charlotte to replace the injured Alex Avila, was in the starting lineup and set to make his big-league debut last night. But he was scratched because of back spasms, leaving Navarro as the sole Sox catcher.

“Dioner’s the only guy I ever said, ‘Don’t run hard, don’t pull anything,'” Robin quipped.

Streaking

The Class AA Birmingham Barons’ INF-DH Nicky Delmonico belted solo homers in the fourth and sixth innings last night in the 7-6 loss at Chattanooga. The 23-year-old prospect, who began the season on the disabled list, is now hitting .444 during the Barons’ current 10-game road trip with seven runs, six doubles, three home runs, and nine RBI. Birmingham’s road swing ends tonight as they head home to face Pensacola on Thursday night.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre (6:07 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (2-1, 1.82) for the Sox, RHP Marco Estrada (1-1, 2.50) for the Jays.

Photo of the Day

Garcia’s BP last night obviously helped him as the Sox DH singled, doubled, scored and was right in the middle of the five-run seventh.

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