‘Monster’ Comeback in the Books, Sox Seek Sweep Today
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Last Night’s Highlights
Brett Lawrie‘s two-out solo homer (8) over the Green Monster in the eighth inning gave the White Sox a 7-6 lead. It came on the heels of Melky Cabrera‘s two-run blast (7) earlier in the frame that tied the score at 6-6. The Good Guys scored an insurance run in the ninth on a Cabrera single, his fourth RBI, and went on to defeat the Red Sox for the third straight night at Fenway Park, 8-6. We go for the sweep this afternoon.
The ninth inning surge was the Sox’ second comeback of the game. Down 4-2 heading into the sixth inning, Cabrera singled and scored ahead of Todd Frazier‘s 21st homer, which sailed over the Monster, to tie the game at 4-4. Frazier is now tied for the major-league home run lead.
In all, Cabrera had a red-hot night. He went 4 for 5 with the homer, a double, two singles and four runs batted in.
The bullpen was outstanding in relief of Jose Quintana. Matt Albers (0.1 IP), Dan Jennings (1.1), Michael Ynoa (1.0) and Zach Duke (1.0) tossed 3.2 scoreless innings to nail down the triumph. Jennings (3-1) chalked up the win while Duke earned his first save.
The Frazier, Cabrera and Lawrie homers:
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park (12:35 p.m CT, WGN) as the Sox go for the sweep of the four-game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields (2-9, 6.28) for our Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (8-2, 3.76) for the Red Sox.
Quotes of the Day
Frazier on last night’s comeback:
“There was something different about the last couple of days. The energy was there, the focus was there. We went down two runs and we came back. Then another two runs, and nothing changed.”
Chris Sale, the majors’ first 12-game winner, on the Sox:
“Well, we’re not worried about what other people are saying about us. We know what we have in here, and we know what we can do with it. I don’t know how to say it–we’re not in a terrible position, we’re not in a great position. We’re in the middle of the season where we’re a hot streak away from being in first place.”
First Hit for Coats
Jason Coats‘ double in the third inning (click on link below) was his first major-league hit. He later scored on an error.
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field in a three-game weekend set:
Tomorrow (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN+). Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (2-6, 4.16) for the Sox, RHP Aaron Sanchez (7-1, 3.35) for Toronto.
Saturday (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (1-2, 4.29) for the Sox, RHP R.A. Dickey (4-8, 4.08) for the Jays.
Sunday (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Sale (12-2, 2.83) for the Sox, RHP Marcus Stroman (6-3, 5.23) for Toronto.
Photo of the Day
Three in a row.