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Thursday, June 2, 2016
Today is an off day. On Friday night it will be the White Sox (29-25) vs. Tigers at Comerica Park, Detroit (6:08 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (2-4, 4.24) for the Sox, RHP Jordan Zimmermann (7-2, 2.52) for the Tigers.
It was one of the most improbable endings to a baseball game that you could ever imagine. Reliever Matt Albers delivered only his third career hit and first since 2007, scored the winning run and earned his second victory of the season by pitching two scoreless innings, as the Sox nipped the Mets, 2-1, in 13 innings to claim the rubber match of the three-game series.
After shutting down the Mets in the bottom of the 12th, Albers, shown scoring and celebrating above, led off the top of the 13th with a double to left-center field–the first extra-base knock of his career. He moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Jose Abreu sac fly, breaking the 1-1 deadlock. If that weren’t enough, Albers tossed a scoreless bottom of the 13th to ensure the hard-fought triumph.
Down 1-0 after two innings, the Sox tied the score in the seventh on Todd Frazier‘s major-league leading 17th homer (click on link).
Miguel Gonzalez went five solid innings, allowing just a run on three hits. Five relievers–Dan Jennings (0.2), Zach Putnam (0.1 IP), Zach Duke (1.0), Nate Jones (2.0) and David Robertson (2.0)–preceded Albers’ two shutout innings with six scoreless frames of their own, setting the stage for Matt’s heroics (click on link):
Quote of the Day
Frazier after Wednesday’s game, which sealed the series win:
“We battled the whole game, made key plays, pitchers came up big, shutting everybody out every time. We were focused and determined.
“I told everybody, ‘Keep battling. We have an off day. Keep going.’ And thanks to Matt, it worked out pretty good.”
Sox Notes of Note
Thanks to @ckamka:
Most games this season with 1 or 0 runs allowed: White Sox (18), Cubs (17), Nationals (16), Giants (14), Dodgers (14).
Most extra-inning wins 2015-16: White Sox (16-6), Cubs (15-6), Pirates (15-10), Mariners (15-14).
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White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (3:08 p.m. CT, CSN) in the second game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (9-1, 2.29) for the Sox, RHP Mike Pelfrey (0-5, 4.96) for Detroit.
Photo of the Day
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no it’s a…baseball.