Sale’s Team-First Credo: “…We have one win and loss record that matters, and it’s not mine”
Monday, May 2, 2016
The White Sox finished their seven-game road trip to Toronto and Baltimore with a 5-2 mark, which included a three-game sweep of the Blue Jays and a split of the four-game set with the O’s. The Sox also finished their 19 games in 19 days stretch 13-6. The Good Guys are now 18-8, first in the majors to reach 18 wins, own the best record in the American League and are three games ahead of the second-place Tigers in the A.L. Central.
The Sox have allowed 1 or 0 runs in 12 of the club’s first 26 games. It’s the best through a team’s first 26 contests since the 1981 Dodgers (13) and ’81 Indians (12). It’s also the most through the first 26 games of the season in Sox history since 1963 (via @ckamka).
The White Sox also won their 18th game on May 1 in 2005.
You Should Know That…
The Sox bullpen, with 3.1 scoreless innings pitched yesterday, has the lowest ERA in baseball at 1.60.
After today’s off day, 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 a three-game series and six-game homestand that continues with three vs. the Twins. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (3-1, 1.47) for our Sox, RHP Steven Wright (2-2, 1.37) for Boston.
Q will be making his sixth start of the season. He has thrown 16 consecutive scoreless innings dating back to April 17 at Tampa Bay. He is 5-1 with a 1.49 ERA over his last 10 starts dating back to September 5 of last year. He won his last start on April 27 at Toronto, allowing just four hits with a season-high 10 strikeouts over six scoreless frames.
Brett Lawrie hit his fourth homer–his third in as many games–and the White Sox scored five times in the fifth inning to defeat the Orioles, 7-1 on 13 hits, and give Chris Sale his sixth victory without a loss…Brett, whose solo homer in the fourth gave the Sox a 1-0 advantage, also singled, doubled and walked, coming up just a triple shy of the cycle…Sale, whose ERA stayed at a superb 1.66, gave up a lone run in 5.1 innings along with six strikeouts…In the fifth, the Sox scored their runs on five hits, a walk and a pair of hit by pitches. Carlos Sanchez, Jose Abreu and Melky Cabrera each drove in a run. Jerry Sands knocked in two…In the ninth with the bases loaded, Melky (who singled) scored on a Dioner Navarro sac fly…Cabrera collected three hits, Abreu, Sands and Austin Jackson knocked out two apiece…David Robertson, making his first appearance since coming back from the bereavement list, closed it out by retiring the side in the ninth.
Here are Lawrie’s homer and the five-run fifth:
Quotes of the Day
Lawrie on the Sox:
“The confidence has been here since spring training. We feel that all of the time. We have built some camaraderie in here. We just have to continue to move forward with positivity and keep having fun.”
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He is undefeated and the first major-league pitcher to reach six victories in 2016. Here’s what Sale, the consummate team player, said about his accomplishment:
“6-0 doesn’t really mean anything. We have one win and loss record that matters, and it’s not mine.”