Dioner for 14
Sunday, July 3, 2016
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the rubber match of the three-game series as the Sox (41-40 at the halfway mark of the season) aim for their fourth straight series win. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (5-8, 3.18) for the Sox, RHP Collin McHugh (5-5, 4.58) for Houston.
Dioner Navarro tripled in two runs in the second inning and doubled in two more in the fifth to back Chris Sale’s major-league best 14th win in a 7-6 victory over the Astros. Sale tossed seven-plus innings, allowing four runs on six hits while striking out nine and got stronger as the game went on until he exited in the seventh.
Leading 5-4 heading to the eighth, the Sox added an insurance run on J.B. Shuck‘s triple that plated Avi Garcia and yet another as Tim Anderson doubled home Shuck to give the Good Guys a 7-4 lead.
Earlier in the game, Shuck belted his third homer, a solo blast, and was among five Sox who collected a pair of hits apiece: Navarro, Adam Eaton, Jose Abreu and Brett Lawrie.
Nate Jones pitched a scoreless eighth and David Robertson converted his 12th consecutive save for No. 22 on the year.
Sale’s gem, Navarro’s heroics, Shuck’s homer and Anderson’s RBI:
The White Sox have agreed to terms with nine international free agents: outfielders Josue Guerrero, Luis Mieses, Anderson Comas and Anthony Coronado; right-handed pitchers Jenderson Carabello and Brayan Herrera, left-handed pitcher Hector Acosta; infielder Lenyn Sosa and catcher Kleyder Sanchez.
Guerrero, 16, is rated by Baseball America as the No. 33 International Prospect in 2016. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Guerrero is the younger brother of Gabby Guerrero, an outfielder in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, and nephew of 2004 American League MVP and nine-time All-Star Vladimir Guerrero. Josue, a right-handed hitter, is a native of Bani, Domincan Republic. He is shown below in the Sox jersey with Uncle Vlad on his immediate left.
“He is a very similar player to his uncle at this same age in terms of his physical makeup, his body, his swing, his tools,” said Marco Paddy, the Sox’ special assistant to the general manager for international operations. “I think, like several of these players, he has a chance to be a very special player.”
Mieses, 16, is rated by Baseball America as the No. 36 International Prospect. The 6-foot-3, 185-pounder is a left-handed hitter from Santo Domingo Este, Dominican Republic.
“Luis is a very good, very athletic power outfielder who can really swing the bat. He is a natural hitter with a plus arm,” Paddy said.
Comas, 6-foot-3, 185 pounds, is rated No. 37 by Baseball America. The 16-year-old outfielder is from Santo Domingo.
“Anderson is a big kid who is a very talented left-handed hitter,” Paddy added.
Coronado, 16, is a 6-foot-1, 180-pound outfielder from Caracas, Venezuela. He bats right-handed.
“Anthony is an impressive center fielder who has represented his country internationally on the Venezuelan National Team,” Paddy explained.
Caraballo, 16, is a 6-foot-3, 190-pound pitcher from Constanza, Dominican Republic.
Paddy notes, “This kid has a special arm. He is a power right-handed pitcher with three-plus pitches.”
Acosta, 6-foot-4, 200 pounds, is a 17-year old pitcher from Santo Domingo.
“Hector is a left-handed pitcher who has a real feel for pitching,” Paddy said. “He can really spin it.”
Herrera, 17, is a 6-foot-2, 185-pound pitcher from Santo Domingo Este.
“Brayan is another big kid with a big, power arm and an impressive curve ball for his age,” Paddy commented.
Sosa, 6-foot, 180 pounds, is a 16-year old shortstop from Puerto Ordaz, Bolivar, Venezuela, who bats right-handed.
“He is an offensive shortstop who can hit, run, and plays the game with a really high level of energy,” according to Paddy.
Sanchez, 16, is a 5-foot-10, 170-pound catcher who bats right-handed. He is from Ocumare del Tuy, Venezuela.
“He has impressed us after converting within the past year to catcher, where he has shown a plus arm,” Paddy noted.
The White Sox expect additional Latin American signings in the coming months.
Quote of the Day
Paddy on the Sox’ international signings:
“This year’s 2016 White Sox signing class is very deep across a number of positions. This is a big, physical and athletic group of young men who have impressed us both on and off the field as we have gotten to know them. Every one of these young men is a tribute to his family, and we are excited to have them begin their careers with the White Sox.”
Frazier Wants to Defend HR Derby Crown
The White Sox have acquired catcher Alfredo Gonzalez from the Houston Astros and optioned him to Class AA Birmingham. To make room for Gonzalez on the 40-man roster, the Sox have transferred RHP Daniel Webb to the 60-day disabled list.
Sox Note of Note
J.B.’s home run yesterday tied the franchise record for most consecutive solo homers at 15. The last time it happened was in September of 1965.
White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field in a three-game series and six-game homestand that continues next weekend with three vs. the Braves just ahead of the All-Star break.
Tomorrow, 4th of July (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN): Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields (1-2, 11.07) for the Sox, LHP CC Sabathia (5-5, 3.17) for New York.
Tuesday (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (2-6, 4.24) for the Sox, RHP Masahiro Tanaka (5-2, 3.35) for the Yanks.
Wednesday (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR). Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (1-4, 4.88) for the Sox, RHP Michael Pineda (3-7, 5.24) for the Yankees.
Photo of the Day
Olympic hurdler? No. Just Eaton doing his best yesterday, as always, to score.