First-Place Sox Report: 10 Runs, Dazzling Defense, Stingy Bullpen, 20 Wins
Saturday, May 7, 2016
The White Sox, the first in the American League to 20 wins, improved to an A.L.-best 20-10 mark with last night’s 10-4 victory over the Twins in the opener of the three-game series. The Sox now have a four-game lead over the Indians in the A.L. Central, have won 10 of the last 14 and 12 of 17. The Good Guys have improved to 4-0 over Minnesota and 5-1 vs. the Central this season. The 10 runs scored tied a season-high and the Sox have now scored 28 runs in the seventh inning, most of any frame.
Last Night’s Highlights
En route to win No. 20, the White Sox pounded out 14 hits in producing double digit runs…Melky Cabrera went 4 for 5 with three singles, a double and three RBI…Adam Eaton tripled and singled and drove in two…Tyler Saladino singled twice with two RBI…Brett Lawrie had a two-hit night with an RBI…Jose Abreu belted his fifth homer, a solo shot (click on link below)…Mat Latos tossed five innings and improved to 5-0…Zach Putnam (1.0), Zach Duke (1.0), Nate Jones (1.0) and Scott Carroll (1.0) pitched perfect baseball the rest of the way.
By the Numbers
White Sox pitching is 4-0 with a 1.50 ERA and a .164 opponents average vs. Minnesota this season…Sox starters have posted a 2.43 ERA and a .210 opponents average over the last 10 home games…Cabrera recorded his 12th multi-hit game last night and his first four-hit contest of the season. He’s batting .362 with two doubles, a triple, two homers, eight RBI and five walks in 13 games at home…Abreu has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games. He is hitting .366 with two doubles, a triple, two homers and 12 RBI over that span…Eaton tripled for the second time this season. He recorded his 13th multi-hit game of the year and second against Minnesota, batting .314 with one homer and 19 RBI lifetime vs. the Twins…Lawrie extended his hitting streak vs. Minnesota to 16 games and is batting .355 during that span…Avi Garcia, with a single last night, now has a seven-game hitting streak, batting .458 with a double, triple, two homers and five RBI during that period.
Quote of the Day
Steve Stone on the CSN telecast last night after Eaton made an outstanding running catch in right field to rob the Twins’ Eduardo Nunez of extra bases in the second inning:
“Our little bearded Roberto Clemente.”
Stone, of course, was making a comparison to Pittsburgh Pirates’ Hall of Fame great Roberto Clemente, among other things well-known for his unparalleled defense in right. And Eaton has been terrific defensively all season. Here’s the play that prompted the comparison to Clemente and photos of both in action.
If Eaton’s catch weren’t enough…
Here are three more web gems by the Sox last night. Kudos to Saladino, Cabrera and Austin Jackson.
White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the middle game of the three-game weekend series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (6-0, 1.66) for the Sox, RHP Ervin Santana (0-1, 3.15) for Minnesota.
Sale is set to make his seventh start of the season. Along with his perfect won-lost record, he has registered 38 strikeouts and a .171 opponents average over his six starts this season. He is the first Sox pitcher to win his first six starts since Jon Garland (8) in 2005.
Chris earned the win in his last start on May 1 vs. the Orioles in Baltimore, allowing a run on five hits over 5.1 innings pitched.
Sox Notes of Note
Carroll was recalled yesterday from Class AAA Charlotte, taking the roster spot of Erik Johnson who was optioned to the Knights after Thursday night’s game…Robin Ventura has confirmed that righty Miguel Gonzalez will be recalled from Charlotte and will start for the Sox vs. the Rangers on Monday night.
White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and six-game homestand. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (4-1, 1.40) for the Sox, LHP Tyler Duffey (0-1, 1.74) for Minnesota.
Photo of the Day
White Sox icon Harold Baines presented a bat and Sox jersey to the new Chicago Police Superintendent, Eddie Johnson.