Dioner and a Show
Thursday, April 28, 2016
On to Baltimore…
As our attention turns to Charm City, The White Sox have won six in a row, are coming off sweeps of Texas and Toronto–two 2015 playoff teams–while outscoring them 34-10. The Sox have registered a major-league high five shutouts in their first first 22 games and scored 23 runs in the seventh inning. The Good Guys’ 16 wins is the most in baseball and the 16-6 record (.727) is the best in the American League and leads the World Champion Royals by 3.5 games in the A.L. Central.
The White Sox now have allowed 1 or 0 runs in half (11 of 22) of their games this season, the best in Sox history through the first 22 games. The Sox’ 2.24 ERA through the first 22 is a franchise best since 1967 (2.21) and the bullpen has posted a 0.73 ERA in the last nine games.
White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park, Camden Yards, Baltimore (6:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP John Danks (0-3, 6.23) for the Sox, RHP Tyler Wilson (1-0, 2.77) for the O’s.
Last Night’s Highlights
Jose Quintana was masterful and Dioner Navarro broke a scoreless tie in the seventh with a triple that scored Todd Frazier (single) and Brett Lawrie (walk) as the White Sox completed the three-game sweep over the Jays, 4-0…Austin Jackson followed Navarro’s triple with one of his own, scoring Dioner from third. Avi Garcia‘s single in the eighth brought home Jose Abreu with the final run…Quintana (3-1, 1.47) overpowered the Jays for six shutout innings, allowing only four hits and three walks while striking out 10…The bullpen once again was superb. Zach Duke, Nate Jones and David Robertson pitched perfect ball in the seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively.
Enjoy Q and Navarro’s two-run triple:
Quote of the Day
Navarro, after the Toronto sweep:
“We’re going to take this into the next series and keep rolling, man. We have a great shot at doing great things.”
Todd Frazier on “The Cycle”
Before last night’s game, the Sox optioned right-handed pitcher Miguel Gonzalez to Class AAA Charlotte and recalled righty Daniel Webb from Charlotte.
Webb is 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA, two saves, five strikeouts and zero walks in seven relief appearances with the Knights in 2016. Lefties are hitting just .133.
White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park, Camden Yards (6:05 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-2, 4.06) for the Sox, RHP Mike Wright (1-2, 6.23) for the O’s.
Photo of the Day
Rush hour traffic.