Robin on Sale: “He’s the Best”
Monday, June 27, 2016
Chris Sale, in vintage form, extended his major-league leading victory total to 13 and Tim Anderson and J.B. Shuck each homered for the second day in a row as the White Sox notched their second straight series win with a 5-2 triumph over the Blue Jays.
Sale allowed just two runs on five hits along with seven strikeouts in eight innings of work…Anderson, who also singled to give him his seventh multi-hit game in his first 16 big-league contests, belted his third long one of the season…Shuck (2) homered in back-to-back games for the first time in his career…Melky Cabrera continued his hot hitting with three more hits–all singles–and he drove in a run.
David Robertson retired the heart of the Blue Jays order 1-2-3 in the ninth for his 20th save and 10th consecutive conversion.
Enjoy Sale’s gem and the Anderson and Shuck homers:
Quote of the Day
Robin Ventura on Sale’s standing among American League pitchers:
“You can say I’m biased or not, he’s the best.”
Sale’s 13 wins are tied for the fourth-most by a Sox pitcher before the All-Star break since 1933 and are the most since Jon Garland (also 13) in 2005…Chris recorded his 70th win and is a career-high 28 games over .500 (70-42)…He is 3-0 with a 2.45 ERA and 23 strikeouts over his last three starts.
Word to the Wise: Don’t Run on Eaton
Nobody in baseball has as many outfield assists as Adam Eaton. He was at it again yesterday, nabbing the Jays’ Josh Donaldson who tried to stretch a single into a double.
Sox Notes of Note
The White Sox allowed two runs or less for the 28th time this season, tied with the Indians for most in the American League…The Sox are hitting .304 with 14 home runs and 31 runs scored over the last five games…Anderson is batting .293 with four doubles, a triple, three homers, three RBI and 12 runs scored over his last 12 games…Cabrera recorded his eighth game of three-plus hits this season (27th multi-hit effort). He’s batting .361 with eight doubles, one triple, four home runs, 15 RBI and 10 runs scored over his last 19 games.
Top Sox pitching prospect Carson Fulmer, the Sox’ first-round draft pick in 2015, had the best start of his young career yesterday in Class AA Birmingham’s win over Mobile. The right-hander tossed seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits and a pair of walks while striking out seven.
Off Day today. 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, RHP Kyle Gibson (0-5, 6.05) for Minnesota.
Wednesday (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields (2-9, 6.22) for the Sox, RHP Ricky Nolasco (3-5, 4.95) for Minnesota.
Thursday (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (2-6, 4.09) for the Sox, LHP Tommy Milone (0-2, 5.33) for Minny.
Photo of the Day
Rookie Anderson: Instant hero.