History-Making Homers, Sale Goes for 13th Win and Top Draft Picks Begin the Journey
Sunday, June 26, 2016
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the rubber game 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.
Leading the majors in victories, Chris goes for No. 13 today vs. the Jays. He will be making his 16th start of the season, seventh at home and second against Toronto.
Sale recorded the win in his last start on June 21 at Boston, allowing one run on four hits with nine strikeouts over seven innings in the Sox’ 3-1 victory. In his last start vs. the Jays on April 26 he earned the victory, giving up just one run over eight innings. He has a lifetime ERA of 2.25 in four career starts vs. Toronto.
The White Sox tied a franchise record with seven homers–all solo shots and three coming in back-to-back-to back fashion–in the 10-8 loss to the Jays. The Sox found themselves down 5-0, fought back to trail 8-7 and had the tying run at the plate in the ninth, but weren’t able to come all the way back.
Brett Lawrie got the home run derby going early in the second inning with a rare inside-the-parker, immediately followed by Dioner Navarro‘s fourth of the season and J.B. Shuck‘s first as a Sox. Lawrie hit his second of the game in the fourth inning (10) while Tim Anderson (2), Alex Avila (3) and Adam Eaton (4) went deep in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings, respectively. Lawrie added an RBI single in the sixth, giving him three ribbies on the day.
Enjoy the Sox home run barrage:
Back in the Day
The seven homers tied the White Sox all-time single-game mark set against the Kansas City A’s on April 23, 1955. The Sox won that day, 29-6 on 29 hits. The homers were hit by outfielder Bob Nieman (2), catcher Sherm Lollar (2), first baseman Walt Dropo, outfielder Minnie Minoso and Jack Harshman, who was the starting and winning pitcher. Lollar and shortstop Chico Carrasquel led the hit parade with five apiece while Nieman drove in seven and Lollar and Minoso each had five RBI.
Here are the Sox sluggers who combined for the seven homers 61 years ago:
Lawrie enjoyed the first multi-homer day of his career…The last Sox player to hit both an inside-the-park homer and a conventional home run in the same game was Ron Santo vs. Boston, June 9, 1974…Lawrie’s inside-the-park home run was the first one for the Sox since Scott Podsednik did it on September 12, 2009 in Anaheim.
Sox Notes of Note
The last time the White Sox hit at least three consecutive homers was on August 14, 2008 when they slugged four in a row–Jim Thome, Paul Konerko, Alexei Ramirez and Juan Uribe–in the sixth inning…The Sox hit three straight homers for the ninth time in club history.
Quote of the Day
TV voice Jason Benetti speaking during yesterday’s telecast about the energetic, sometimes frenetic, Lawrie:
“When talking to him, I don’t think he’s used a period all season…It’s thing after thing after thing.”
Off Day tomorrow. On Tuesday night it will be the White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN+). Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (5-7, 3.04) for the Sox, TBA for Minnesota.
Photos of the Day
The Sox’ two top picks in the recent MLB draft–a pair of talented Zacks–have both left the college ranks and are now full-fledged professionals in the Sox organization.
No. 1 selection Zack Collins from the University of Miami is in Chicago this weekend. The hard-hitting catcher signed his contract, took BP, threw out a ceremonial first pitch, met with the media (see photo below) and was interviewed by Benetti and Steve Stone in the booth during the game.
Right-handed pitcher Zack Burdi from the University of Louisville is at High Class A Winston-Salem and already has seen action (pictured below). Collins will be joining Burdi with the Dash before too long.