With a Record April in the Books, May Begins with Sale
Sunday, May 1, 2016
Formula for Soxcess
Finishing April with a franchise-tying 17 victories, the White Sox continue to hold the best record in the American League with their 17-8 mark and lead the A.L. Central over the Tigers by three games. The Sox have scored 49 of their 95 runs (51.6 percent) in the seventh (25), eighth (10), ninth (13) and extra innings (1). That leads the league.
White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park, Camden Yards (12:35 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series and seven-game road trip, which finds the Sox 4-2 heading into the final game. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (5-0, 1.66) for the Sox, RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (1-2, 3.91) for the O’s.
Sale is set to make his sixth start of the season and first against the Orioles. He has a .159 opponents average in his five starts this season.
Chris has joined Randy Johnson (42.1 IP in 2000 and 39 IP in 2002) and Jon Garland (39 IP) as the only pitchers in the last 20 years to win each his first five starts of a season while totaling at least 38 IP.
Sale earned the win in his last start on April 26 at Toronto, allowing a run on four hits over eight innings pitched. He walked two and struck out six.
Last Night’s Highlights
Jose Abreu singled home Adam Eaton with the game-winner in the top of the ninth inning (click on top link below) and the White Sox held on for a 8-7 see-saw win over the Orioles. In a game that went back and forth throughout, The Good Guys went ahead 7-5 in the the top of the eighth on a Carlos Sanchez double, an Abreu RBI single and a Todd Frazier two-run homer (click on bottom link), his seventh of the season. The O’s tied it up in the bottom of the frame, setting the stage for Abreu’s late heroics…Nate Jones, who retired a batter in the eighth and tossed a perfect ninth earned his second win without a loss…Brett Lawrie put the Sox ahead 3-1 in the fourth inning with his third homer.
Quote of the Day
Abreu on the Sox’ habit of late-inning thunder:
“It doesn’t matter if we’re behind late in games because we have confidence in ourselves that we can go back and win.”
Off Day. On Tuesday it’ll be the White Sox vs. the Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (3-1, 1.47) for our Sox, RHP Steven Wright (2-2, 1.37) for Boston.
Photo/Video of the Day
Our man Eaton.