Sale Reaches Nine Straight Wins in Brilliant Fashion…Sox Ready to Host Royals During Homecoming Weekend
Friday, May 20, 2016
With their 2-1 triumph last night, the White Sox (25-16) remain on top of the American League Central with a 2.5 game lead over the second-place Indians.
Homecoming: This Weekend’s Activities
White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (5-2, 1.54) for the Sox, RHP Dillion Gee (0-1, 3.12) for K.C.
Last Night’s Highlights
Chris Sale (9-0, 1.58) recorded his ninth straight victory to start the season, allowing just one run and four hits with no walks along with tying a season-high of nine strikeouts in the Sox’ win (click on both links below). It was Sale’s third complete game of the season and second in a row. He didn’t walk a batter for the fourth time in 2016 and has won 10 consecutive starts dating back to last season–the seventh longest streak in club history…Jerry Sands singled home Todd Frazier in the bottom of the second inning with the first Sox run and Alex Avila‘s sac fly scored Jimmy Rollins with the second run for a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the seventh. That insurance run was good thing because Houston’s Evan Gattis made it a 2-1 game in the top of the eighth with a solo homer. Sale eased Sox fans’ fears by retiring the next three batters in the eighth and tossing a scoreless ninth.
–Chris is the second pitcher in White Sox history to win his first nine starts of the season, joining Eddie Cicotte (12-0, 1.07 in 1919).
–Chris became the first A.L. pitcher with a win in his first nine appearances (including relief) since the Tigers’ George Uhle in 1929.
–Sale is the first major-league pitcher since the Diamondbacks’ Brandon Webb in 2008 to start a season 9-0 through nine starts.
–The last Sox pitcher with three or more complete games in his first nine starts of a season was Jack McDowell in 1991 (also three). The last big-league pitcher with three or more complete games in his first nine starts of the season was Johnny Cueto in 2014 (three). The last A.L. pitcher with three or more complete games in his first nine starts of the season was Zack Greinke in 2009 (four).
–Chris passed Doc White and tied Hall of Famer Ted Lyons for eighth place among White Sox all-time strikeout leaders (1,073).
Read this about Sale from SI:
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Eaton Proving People Wrong
Adam Eaton is hitting .365 with three doubles, three triples, one homer, eight RBI and 10 walks over the last 13 games.
Read more about the Sox right-fielder, who is having an All-Star type season:
Corey Ray: Pride of the South Side
White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game weekend series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (0-0, 5.17) for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy (0-0, 2.57) for K.C.
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