Yankees No Match for Sox, 8-0 Sale

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Today’s News

First-Place Report

The White Sox maintain their five-game lead over the Indians in the American League Central on the strength of Chris Sale‘s dominate performance and a potent offense in the Sox’ 7-1 victory last night over the Yankees. The Good Guys continue to boast the best record in the A.L. at 24-12.

The Sox have allowed 1 or 0 runs in 15 of their 36 games this season–the most times in franchise history through the first 36 games (@ckamka).

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, NY (12:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (5-1, 1.38) for the Sox, RHP Ivan Nova (1-1, 4.34) for New York.

Q makes his eighth start of the season and fifth on the road. He is 4-0 with a 0.64 ERA and 24 strikeouts in his last four starts and 7-1 with a 1.43 ERA over his last 12 dating back to 2015. He won his last start on May 8 vs. the Twins, allowing just one run on six hits over seven innings.

Jose ranks among the American League leaders in numerous categories, including ERA and runners per nine innings pitched.

Last Night’s Highlights

Sale pitched a complete-game for his eighth straight win without a defeat and the Sox offense scored three runs in the second inning and four more in the third to defeat the Bronx Bombers.

Sale lowered both his ERA and opponents average to 1.67, gave up a lone run (a solo homer to Chase Headley), allowed six hits and walked none with six strikeouts. He retired 18 of the last 20 batters he faced–15 in a row prior to the ninth inning. It was Sale’s second complete game of the year and he’s now 4-1 with a 1.17 ERA in his career vs. the Yanks. Chris is also the first White Sox pitcher with a complete game win at Yankee Stadium since Jim Abbott did it in the first game of a doubleheader on July 18, 1995.

The scoring:

In the top of the second, Brett Lawrie doubled and with one out Alex Avila doubled, scoring Lawrie. Austin Jackson walked and Adam Eaton hit an infield single, loading the bases. After the second out of the inning, Jose Abreu singled, driving in both Jackson and Eaton.

After two were out in the top of the third, Avila singled and Jackson walked. Eaton doubled home both runners and Jimmy Rollins followed with his second homer of the season, scoring Eaton in front of him (see photo below):

Here’s the happy recap:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=693408883

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More Sale

Sale joins Jon Garland (8-0, 2005), John Whitehead (8-0, 1935) and Eddie Cicotte (12-0, 1919) as the only pitchers in Sox history to win their first eight starts.

He also becomes the third pitcher since 2000 to win their first eight starts in a season, joining the Sox’ Garland (2005) and Arizona’s Brandon Webb (2008).

Furthermore, Sale, Pedro Martinez and Fernando Valenzuela are the only major-league pitchers to start 8-0 with a sub 2.00 ERA since 1969.

Roster Moves

Prior to last night’s game, the Sox purchased the contract of left-handed pitcher Matt Purke from Class AAA Charlotte and requested waivers on left-hander John Danks for the purpose of granting him his unconditional release. Danks was designated for assignment on May 5.

Purke, who has gone 0-0 with a 2.30 ERA and 14 strikeouts over 10 appearances (one start) with the Knights, takes the roster spot of right-hander Scott Carroll, who was optioned to Charlotte on Thursday.

In another move, the Sox acquired righty Anthony Ranaudo in exchange for minor-league right-handed Matt Ball. Ranaudo was optioned to Charlotte.

Quote of the Day

Purke, who has battled injuries in five minor-league seasons, talks about realizing his dream of reaching the majors (via CST_soxvan).

“I didn’t see it coming. It’s what we play for and my dream of being a professional baseball player in the big leagues finally came true. It was a very exciting moment for me, my family and everyone who has been a part of this journey. It’s been a long one. It hasn’t been easy, it hasn’t been short and now it’s time to enjoy it.”

A Texas native, Purke told his family on Thursday. His wife, parents, brother, sister-in-law, niece and nephew, his wife’s parents and other family and friends are in New York.

“They’re here for the weekend…It’s going to be fun. It’s been a crazy 24 hours.”

Anderson Sizzling

Top Sox prospect Tim Anderson, who is heating up in May, went 4 for 5 with four runs, a homer and a stolen base on Thursday night for Charlotte. Last night he went 3 for 4 with a solo homer and a pair of RBI. He’s batting .291 on the season.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium (12:05 p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series and six-game road trip. Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (0-0, 4.91) for the Sox, RHP Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 3.11) for New York.

Photo of the Day

Purke makes “The Show.”

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