Sale Poised to Win No. 14 and Even Series with Astros
Saturday, July 2, 2016
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park, Houston (3:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game weekend series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (13-2, 2.79) for the Sox, RHP Doug Fister (8-4, 3.36) for Houston.
Sale is set to make his 17th start of the season, ninth on the road and second against the Astros. He became the first pitcher in MLB to reach 13 wins this season and still leads the pack.
Chris recorded the win in his last start on June 26 vs. the Blue Jays. He allowed two runs on five hits with seven strikeouts over eight innings in a 5-2 Sox win. He also was the winning pitcher in his last start against Houston on May 19, allowing just one run over nine innings with nine strikeouts. He has gone 4-1 with a 0.66 ERA and 56 strikeouts in five career starts against the Astros.
Last Night’s Highlights
Miguel Gonzalez allowed just one run and a pair of hits while striking out four in six innings before surrendering a two-run homer to Carlos Gomez in the seventh. Gonzalez finished the inning without allowing any more scoring, but Houston put two more runs on the board in the eighth for the 5-0 win. Miguel’s final line was seven innings pitched, two earned runs, two walks and the four Ks.
Quote of the Day
Overheard last night in Houston by Daryl Van Shouwen of the Sun-Times:
Visitors dugout security guy to Sale: “You’re not pitching are you?”
Security: (Dropping forehead on rail) “Noooo!!”
Prior to last night’s game, the Sox placed third baseman Matt Davidson on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right foot and recalled infielder Carlos Sanchez from Class AAA Charlotte. Davidson underwent surgery yesterday.
From this morning’s Baseball America Prospect Report, detailing Friday’s top activity:
Carson Fulmer, RHP, White Sox: For the second straight start, Fulmer went seven shutout innings and extended his scoreless streak to 14 in Double-A Birmingham’s 3-1, 13-inning loss to Biloxi (Brewers). Fulmer, the No. 8 pick in 2015, allowed just three hits and four walks and struck out five. He said the biggest factor in his recent run of success is commanding his pitches. Fulmer has two plus pitches in a fastball that sits 92-95 mph and a power curveball, but his quick delivery makes him prone to loss of command at times.
White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (5-8, 3.18) for the Sox, RHP Collin McHugh (5-5, 4.58) for Houston.
Photo of the Day
Good Memories: This is October 26, 2005 at the very same Minute Maid Park.