Can You Say Momentum?
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Heading in the Right Direction
With their 8-2 victory over the Yankees yesterday, the White Sox have won three games in a row, six of eight, 10 of 14 and are three games over .500 (43-40) for the first time since June 3. Also, the Sox have won seven consecutive games on the Fourth of July and are 100-77 (.565) all-time on the holiday.
White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (2-6, 4.24) aims to keep the Sox’ momentum going vs. RHP Masahiro Tanaka (5-2, 3.35) for the Yanks.
James Shields won his second consecutive start, Tim Anderson (4) and Dioner Navarro (5) belted two-run homers and Todd Frazier reached base five times with three hits and an RBI to lead the Sox to the win yesterday in front of an enthusiastic holiday crowd of 30,955.
Shields, who gave up just two second-inning runs on five hits in six innings, is now 2-0 with a 3.06 ERA in his last three starts with the White Sox…Frazier doubled twice, singled, drew a pair of walks, collected a run batted in and scored en route to his perfect day…Brett Lawrie drove in a pair of runs with a single, Jose Abreu singled in a run and Adam Eaton and Melky Cabrera (making his return from a wrist injury) each knocked out a pair of hits and with a run scored…The Good Guys pounded out 13 hits in all.
Enjoy Shields’ outstanding performance and the Anderson and Navarro homers:
Quotes of the Day
Watch and listen to Frazier as he talks about Shields, Anderson and himself after yesterday’s game:
Sox Notes of Note
* The White Sox have hit 23 home runs over their last 13 games (18 solo). Anderson’s third-inning two-run homer snapped a streak of 15 consecutive solo home runs by the White Sox, which tied the longest streak in club history (1965).
* With his homer and single, Anderson tied Gus Zernial (1949) for the most multi-hit games (12) by a White Sox player in his first 23 career games. Tim has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games, batting .353 with four doubles, three home runs, seven RBI, one walk, 10 runs scored and seven multi-hit games during that span.
* Cabrera is hitting .419 with two doubles, one triple, two home runs, six RBI and five runs scored over his last seven games. He is hitting .350 with eight doubles, one triple, four home runs, 15 RBI and 11 runs scored over his last 21 contests. He registered his 28th multi-hit effort of the season yesterday afternoon.
* Lawrie extended his hitting streak to seven games with a seventh-inning RBI double. He is batting .379 with three doubles, one home run, four RBI and three runs scored during the streak.
* Frazier extended his hitting streak to six games with a fifth-inning double. He is batting .375 with three doubles, two home runs, three RBI and seven runs scored during the streak. He recorded his second three-plus hit game of the season yesterday.
* Abreu extended his hitting streak to seven games with an eighth-inning RBI single. He is hitting .310 with three doubles, three RBI and one run scored during his streak.
White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the finale of the three-game series. 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
Frazier on Shields tenacity: “He comes in there like a bulldog…”