Tuesday, May 10, 2016
With the Indians, Royals and Tigers all losing last night, the victorious White Sox, on the strength of their exciting 8-4, 12-inning win over the Rangers, now lead Cleveland by six games, K.C by seven and Detroit by eight in the American League Central. The Sox, with their fourth straight victory, move to an A.L.-best 23-10 on the season.
Last Night’s Highlights
Todd Frazier‘s grand slam in the top of 12th, his second homer of the game and 10th of the season, put the Sox over the top in a contest that hung in the balance throughout the night.
The Sox scored in the first inning on an Adam Eaton triple and a Jimmy Rollins groundout and took a 2-0 lead on Frazier’s solo shot in the sixth. The Rangers scored in the bottom of the inning to make it 2-1.
The Good Guys put a run across in the eighth on a Frazier RBI single only to have Texas tie it up in the bottom half with two tallies. Each team scored a run in the ninth, the Sox’ coming on an Austin Jackson squeeze bunt, to send it to extras. Frazier’s slam put it out of reach in the 12th as he finished the night with the two long ones, four hits and six RBI, giving him 27 thus far in 2016.
Starter Miguel Gonzalez had a solid outing, pitching 5.2 innings, allowing just a run on three hits and three walks along with four strikeouts…In addition to Frazier’s offensive heroics, Avi Garcia pounded out three hits, including a double, as he extended his hitting streak to 10 games. He’s batting .500 with 11 runs scored during that span…Jackson also had three hits, an RBI and a run scored and Eaton collected a pair of hits and a walk while scoring twice.
The Toddfather’s big night:
White Sox vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park (7:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-4, 4.36) for the Sox, LHP Derek Holland (3-2, 5.40) for Texas.
Quotes of the Day
–As New Jersey native Frazier stood in the on-deck circle in the 12th inning, watching Rangers’ lefty Cesar Ramos intentionally walk Jose Abreu to load the bases, he showed a confident smile and clapped his hands in determination. His approach as he stepped to the plate:
“It was one of those things, you have the bases loaded, nobody out. It’s either a sac fly or a home run.”
–Eaton explaining the Sox’ focus:
“If you don’t focus on the right now, this game can pass you up in a hurry. If you are looking toward Kansas City whenever we play them, or whatever, you can’t do that. You have to focus on the task at hand, and do well with the task at hand, the best you can do.”
Almost 100 Years Ago…
@ckamka: Frazier hit the first White Sox extra-inning grand slam on the road since Happy Felsch on September 30, 1916 (Game 2 of doubleheader) at Cleveland (also the 12th inning).
The Sox recalled Gonzalez from Class AAA Charlotte, designated catcher Hector Sanchez for assignment and reinstated catcher Alex Avila from the 15-day disabled list.
Q Getting his Due
White Sox vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park (1:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Mat Latos (5-0, 2.62) for the Sox, LHP Cole Hamels (4-0, 2.68) for Texas.
Photo/Video of the Day
A minute of Eaton says it all. See below.