“The Way You Stop It is You Come Back Tomorrow and Make Something Happen”
Memorial Day: May 30, 2016
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Mets at Citi Field, Flushing, N.Y. (12:10 p.m. CT, CSN/ESPN) in the opener of a three game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (5-4, 2.22) for the Sox, RHP Matt Harvey (3-7, 6.08) for the Mets.
Austin Jackson drove in a pair of runs with a single and a sac fly, Adam Eaton went 3 for 4 with an RBI and Dioner Navarro had a 2 for 4 day with a run batted in the 5-4 loss to the Royals…Chris Sale was stellar after giving up a pair of runs in the first inning, shutting out K.C. for the next six innings. He struck out seven.
Jackson for the Defense
Here is Jackson’s spectacular first inning catch that turned into a double play (Austin left late in the game with a turf toe. He will be re-evaluated):
Quotes of the Day
The recent losses have been tough on everybody–Sox players, coaches, management and fans. Veteran Alex Avila (pictured above) put the feeling into perspective after Saturday’s heartbreaking defeat and offered a solution for making things better:
“The way you stop it is you come back tomorrow and make something happen. They’re not going to feel bad for us. So you can’t feel sorry for yourself. It’s an extremely tough loss for sure. That’s a game we should have won. There’s been a few games we should have won. The way we’ve been playing have given a lot of people doubt.
“But guys in here, if they have any shred of doubt in their mind of what they can do, even though we’re struggling, don’t even come. No one’s going to feel sorry for you in this game. Even if you’re struggling, battle your ass off. There’s no room for feeling sorry for yourself and doubting your ability and your team’s ability. We’re going through a tough two-week stretch. The good thing is it’s right now at the end of May here. Try to finish these last few games in May strong and take it into June and see if we can make a better month out of it.
“I’m not surprised the way our team has responded to tough losses. I expect it. No matter what the situation was the game before, I expect each guy in here to be prepared the very next day. If they’re not, then there’s an issue.
“Guys have been coming to play every single day and doing their homework and getting prepared for each game. If they weren’t, it’d be an issue. But guys have been doing that and we’re kind of going through one of those spells where instead of finding ways to win, we’re finding ways to lose games. Most teams will go through it or have gone through it.
“I know the first month we were playing great and the Royals weren’t playing well, the Tigers weren’t playing well and Cleveland wasn’t playing well. It was like, ‘Well, we’re going to run away with it,’ and flipped the script. Things can change pretty quickly over the course of a week or two weeks, even a month. That’s my point on why you have to come and make sure you’re prepared — that doubt in your mind about the day before is gone and you have to be ready no matter what because nobody is going to feel sorry for you.”
And Sale added his thoughts after yesterday’s game:
“You’re going to run into some crap. This is baseball. This is sports. It’s not going to be easy. It’s not going to be given to you. We’re just going to have to grind it, figure it out and pick yourselves up and push forward.
“The personality of this team is too good, the morale. This is nothing but a speed bump. This game is not easy. It never will be. The guys we have in this clubhouse, it’s a good group. Let’s look at each other, let’s figure it out, collect it and push forward.
“We don’t have any doubt in ourselves. This is as bad a series as we could possibly have, and there’s still no doubt in our mind we’re going to push through this and figure it out and find a way to get back to winning ballgames.”
Prior to today’s game, the Sox optioned RHP Tommy Kahnle to Class AAA Charlotte and recalled OF J.B. Shuck from the Knights.
White Sox vs. Mets at Citi Field, Flushing, N.Y. (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Mat Latos (6-1, 4.06) for the Sox, RHP Steven Matz (7-1, 2.36) for the Mets.
Photo of the Day
Here’s what the Sox will be wearing today in honor of Memorial Day.