Sale Seeks 10th Straight Win Tonight
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
The White Sox (27-19) got out to an early lead in the first game of last night’s doubleheader vs. the Indians and held on for an exciting 7-6 victory. The Sox dropped the nightcap, 5-1, for a split of the twin bill. The Good Guys continue to lead the second-place Tribe by 2.5 games in the American League Central.
White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN+) in the third game of the four-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (9-0, 1.58) for the Sox, RHP Josh Tomlin (6-0, 3.56) for the Tribe.
Sale will be shooting for his 10th win in his 10th start of the season. Apart from leading major leagues in victories and sporting a sterling ERA, Chris has recorded 62 strikeouts and a .163 opponents average.
The Sox ace has won 10 consecutive starts dating back to 2015, the seventh longest streak in team history. He earned the win in his last start on May 19 vs. the Astros, tossing his third complete game of 2016. He became the second White Sox pitcher to win his first nine starts at the start of the season. Eddie Cicotte (12, 1919) was the first.
Sale also passed Doc White and tied Hall of Famer Ted Lyons for eighth place among White Sox all-time strikeout leaders (1,073).
Last Night’s Highlights
Todd Frazier, the A.L.’s leading home run hitter, belted his 14th, a solo shot in the first inning, to get the White Sox on the board first. Frazier also singled and walked twice in the Sox win…Brett Lawrie went deep for a three-run homer in the fifth and was on base all five plate appearances with the homer, a single and three walks–and even stole a base…Austin Jackson went 3 for 3 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored…Jimmy Rollins added an RBI single…Mat Latos improved his record to 6-1 with a quality start, allowing three runs on five hits in six innings of work. David Robertson protected the Sox’ one-run lead in the ninth, retiring the Tribe with two strikeouts for his 12th save.
The Frazier and Lawrie homers:
Melky Cabrera collected a pair of singles and an RBI and Frazier, who reached base four times in the first game, singled, doubled and scored in the loss to the Indians. Matt Purke, in relief of Erik Johnson, tossed 2.1 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit.
Quote of the Day
Lawrie described his three-run homer in Game 1:
“I saw a bunch of pitches. I took a good amount of sliders and curveballs, and that allowed me, when I got to 3-2, to get a fastball, and I didn’t miss it.”
Sox Notes of Note
Frazier is hitting .351 with seven home runs, 16 RBI, 14 runs scored and 10 walks over his last 13 games. He is hitting .428 with two homers and three RBI in four contests against the Indians this season…Cabrera recorded his 19th multi-hit game of the year in Game 1. He is hitting .346 with 11 RBI and eight runs scored in May…Jackson is batting .461 with a double, triple and three RBI over his last five games…Avi Garcia is hitting .333 with five doubles, two homers, 10 RBI and 12 runs scored over his last 19 games.
Incredible, But True
The Indians played the 18,000th game in franchise history in Game 1 last night and the White Sox played their 18,000th game in Game 2.
South Side Memories
White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the four-game series and 10-game homestand. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (5-3, 1.98) for the Sox, RHP Corey Kluber (3-5, 4.10) for Cleveland.
Photo of the Day