Saturday, June 25, 2016
Last Night’s Highlights
With only one out, the bases loaded and protecting a 3-2 lead in the ninth, White Sox closer David Robertson struck out the powerful Edwin Encarnacion and got the red-hot Michael Saunders to pop out as the Sox beat the Blue Jays in yet another too-close-for-comfort game to notch their fourth win in the last five games (click on top link below)…The Good Guys broke open a 2-2 tie and took the lead in the bottom of the seventh as Tim Anderson doubled, went to third on a sac fly and scored on Todd Frazier‘s clutch two-out single (click on middle link)…Continuing his hot hitting, Melky Cabrera clubbed his eighth homer (click on bottom link), doubled and singled…Brett Lawrie also knocked out three hits and Frazier collected a pair…Starter Carlos Rodon pitched a solid 5.2 innings, allowing just two runs and six hits with a season-high eight strikeouts…Matt Albers (0.1 IP), Nate Jones (1.0), Zach Duke (1.0) and Robertson (1.0) held the Jays scoreless in relief. Jones earned his third win, Robertson recorded his 19th save of the year and 100th of his career.
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (1-2, 4.29) for the Sox, RHP R.A. Dickey (4-8, 4.08) for the Jays.
Quote of the Day
Frazier on the rather scary ninth inning:
“That’s why it’s a fun game. Crowd got into it and we want that every day. But we’ll take a 10-0 win, too, if we can.”
Melky has homered three times in the last six games. He is batting .357 with five doubles, one triple, three homers, nine RBI and seven runs scored over his last 11. He collected his seventh three-plus hit game of the season and his 26th multi-hit effort.
Sox Notes of Note
White Sox pitchers have allowed three runs over their last three games vs. the Blue Jays and own a 2.14 ERA over ther last 11 games against Toronto…Alex Avila is hitting .313 with two homers, three RBI and seven runs scored over his last 14 games…Cabrera and Lawrie combined to go 6 for 8 last night against their old team. Lawrie recorded his third three-hit game of the season and 16th multi-hit effort.
No. 1 Pick Collins in the Fold
The White Sox have signed catcher Zack Collins, their first- round pick (No. 10 overall) in the 2016 MLB Draft, to a minor-league contract with a $3,380,600-million signing bonus. Shown above signing his pact, Collins is scheduled to throw out a ceremonial first pitch before today’s game.
Collins, 21, is a finalist for the Johnny Bench Award after batting .363 with 10 doubles, 16 home runs, 59 RBI, 54 runs scored, one stolen base, 78 walks, a .544 on-base percentage and .668 slugging percentage in 62 games for the University of Miami (Fla.) this season. He ranked among Division I leaders in walks (1st), on-base percentage (2nd) and home runs (T24th).
“We are extremely excited to add a player of Zack’s caliber to our organization,” said Rick Hahn, White Sox senior vice president/general manager. “In addition to his baseball skills, Zack impressed us all with his maturity, leadership, competitiveness and passion for the game.”
The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Collins was named First Team All-American by Baseball America and to the Coral Gables Regional All-Tournament Team in 2016. He was a semifinalist for the USA Baseball Golden Spikes and Dick Howser Awards.
Collins led the Hurricanes to the opening round of the 2016 College World Series, where they were eliminated by UC Santa Barbara. He went 3-5 (.600) with one double, one home run, two RBI, one run scored and three walks in two games of the College World Series.
“Playing professional baseball is a dream come true,” said Collins. “I want to thank all of my family, friends, coaches and teammates for their roles in helping me reach this point in my life, and I’m excited to start the next phase of my baseball career and development with the White Sox.”
Collins, who hits left-handed, batted .319 with 38 doubles, eight triples, 42 homers, 183 RBI, 147 runs scored, eight steals, 177 walks, a .472 on-base percentage and .601 slugging percentage in 189 games over three seasons with Miami.
ACE’s Corey Ray Signs with Brewers
White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) product Corey Ray, the fifth overall pick in the MLB Draft, has signed with the Brewers. Ray, an outfielder who played at the University of Louisville, will receive $4.125 million.
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (12-2, 2.83) for the Sox, RHP Marcus Stroman (6-3, 5.23) for Toronto.
Photo of the Day
Guess who was in the house last night?