Oh Shucks! Sox Roll into Houston on a Winning Note
Friday, July 1, 2016
White Sox (40-39) vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park, Houston (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (1-3, 5.17) for the Sox, RHP Mike Fiers (5-3, 4.41) for Houston.
J.B. Shuck, who had a career-tying three-hit afternoon, singled in the game-winner in the bottom of the eighth as the Sox won their third straight series by taking the rubber match of the three-game set with the Twins, 6-5.
Tim Anderson had another multi-hit day with three singles plus a walk and Todd Frazier belted his 23rd homer of the season, a solo shot, to tie Baltimore’s Mark Trumbo for the major-league lead. Adam Eaton, Jose Abreu, Avi Garcia and Matt Davidson each drove in a run.
Nate Jones, who earned the save on Wednesday night, chalked up his fourth victory. Closer David Robertson registered his 21st save and converted his 11th in a row.
Shuck’s heroics and Frazier goes deep:
Tim Anderson extended his hitting streak to seven games, batting .394 with two doubles, two home runs and four RBI during that span. He also recorded his 10th multi-hit game in the first 19 games of his major-league career and coaxed his first big-league walk. Reaching base four times was a season-high and he tied his season-high with the three hits.
If Tim’s offense wasn’t impressive enough, click on the link below to witness his spectacular play in the second inning of yesterday’s game:
Quotes of the Day
Courtesy of CST_soxvan:
Anderson on getting razzed by Frazier after the rookie drew his first walk:
“He was like, ‘we got the bat, we got the pitcher, we got the umpire, we got everything.’ It was pretty funny.”
More Frazier on Anderson:
“With Timmy doing what he’s doing, it’s nice to watch. I was telling (bench coach) Rick Renteria in the dugout, he doesn’t change one bit whether he’s bad or good. That’s the sign of a really great athlete.’’
Sox Notes of Note
The White Sox won their third consecutive series for the first time this season…The Sox have won seven of their last 10 games and finished the homestand, 4-2…The Sox’ No. 1 draft pick, Zack Collins from the University of Miami, was named the 2016 winner of the Johnny Bench Award, given to the nation’s premier Division I college catcher.
Good News, Bad News
Good: After a long wait, Davidson was finally recalled from Class AAA Charlotte yesterday, started at DH and singled in a run. Bad: While running the bases Davidson fractured his right foot and will be further evaluated.
Sox Draftees Help Coastal Carolina to College World Series Title
Coastal Carolina completed its magical journey to the school’s first College World Series championship yesterday by defeating Arizona, 4-3, in Omaha.
Two Sox 2016 draft picks–third baseman Zach Remillard (10th round) and closer Mike Morrison (27th round)–played key roles in the Chanticleers’ run to the title.
Remainder of Series in Houston
Tomorrow (3:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (13-2, 2.79) for the Sox, RHP Doug Fister (8-4, 3.36) for the ‘Stros.
Sunday (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (5-8, 3.18) for the Sox, RHP Collin McHugh (5-5, 4.58) for Houston.
Photo/Video of the Day
During the Toronto series, Mark Buehrle paid a visit to U.S. Cellular Field. Yesterday it was the captain, Paul Konerko, in the house and greeted enthusiastically by Sox fans.