Sixth Straight Series Win There for the Taking After Jones Saves the Day
Sunday, July 10, 2016
The White Sox (45-42) have won five of their last seven games, eight of 12 and 12 of 18. The Sox are 9-5 over their last 14 games at U.S. Cellular Field. The Good Guys will be seeking their sixth straight series win in today’s matinee.
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Braves (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the rubber game of the three-game series and final game before the All-Star break. Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields (4-9, 5.67) for the Sox, RHP Mike Foltynewicz (2-3, 4.29) for Atlanta.
With closer David Robertson sidelined with a strained left leg, Nate Jones came to the rescue in another White Sox nail-biter, pitching the final 1.1 innings and earning his third save in the Sox’ 5-4 victory over the Braves (click on top link below).
Todd Frazier homered–a two-run shot–for his 25th of the season and drove in another run with a double to lead the offense (click on middle and bottom links). Melky Cabrera had a pair of hits and an RBI, Jose Abreu drove in a run and Tim Anderson, Brett Lawrie and J.B. Shuck each collected a pair of hits.
Jose Quintana won his seventh game of the season, going six solid innings. Zach Duke (1.1 IP) and Matt Albers (0.1) held Atlanta scoreless before Jones came on with two outs in the eighth.
Quote of the Day
Yesterday’s pitching matchup featuring Quintana and the Braves’ Julio Teheran was the first time two Colombian-born starting pitchers faced each other in a big-league game. Jose talked about it after the game:
“I felt excited for that. Teheran is my friend, and we have a good relationship. I enjoyed this game, and I take the win. A lot of Colombians were here for this game. That’s never happened. That’s good for my country. I think we have better baseball now. That’s good for us. I’m really proud for that.”
Sox Notes of Note
* Frazier hit a home run in back-to-back games for the sixth time this season. It comes at a good time as he’s getting ready for Tuesday night’s Home Run Derby in San Diego.
* Lawrie extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a second-inning single to tie a career-high. He is batting .381 with three doubles, one home run, five RBI, two walks and four runs scored during the streak.
* Cabrera is batting .413 with three doubles, two homers, eight RBI and seven runs scored over his last 11 games.
* Anderson is hitting .324 with five doubles, three home runs, nine RBI and eight multi-hit efforts over his last 15 games.
After the All-Star break, White Sox resume play on Friday vs. the Angels at Angels Stadium, Anaheim (9:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game road trip that continues with three in Seattle. Quintana will make the first start for the Sox after the break.
Photo of the Day
With the 87th All-Star Game to be played Tuesday night in San Diego, it seems like an appropriate time to look back at the 50th anniversary of the midsummer classic that took place in 1983 where it all started in 1933–Comiskey Park.
To celebrate the occasion, MLB and the White Sox brought together arguably the greatest collection of baseball talent ever assembled. Quite a group to be sure with the Sox well-represented (identifications are included under the photo):