Trio of White Sox Ready to Shine During All-Star Festivities
Monday, July 11, 2016
First-time All-Star Jose Quintana joins five-time selection Chris Sale on the American League All-Star squad for tomorrow night’s 87th midsummer classic. Todd Frazier also will be participating in the All-Star festivities at Petco Park in San Diego as the defending champion in tonight’s Home Run Derby.
Yesterday, Q was named as a replacement for the Indians’ Danny Salazar. Jose ranks fourth in the American League with 117.2 innings pitched and sixth with a 3.21 ERA.
Watch Frazier defend his title tonight on ESPN (7:00 p.m. CT) and tune in to the All-Star Game tomorrow night on Fox (6:30 p.m. CT).
The Sox All-Star lefties in action:
James Shields executed his best start in a White Sox uniform, allowing just two solo homers on six hits and a pair of walks as the Sox dropped a 2-0 decision in the final game before the All-Star break. He has gone 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA and 13 strikeouts over his last four starts…In his first 28 major-league games, Tim Anderson has had multi-hit efforts in half of them. He singled twice yesterday and is batting .333 with five doubles, three homers, nine RBI, 12 runs scored and nine multi-hit efforts over his last 16 games…Jose Abreu collected three singles.
Quote of the Day
Daraka Shaheed, one of the two Sox scouts who discovered Quintana, on his first impressions of the unheralded lefty who became an All-Star:
“Tools can be similar a lot of times, and when it comes down to it, a lot of guys in the Major Leagues have similar talent. Quintana had some nice tools going forward, but the way he went about his job…thought he had growth and had potential to get better.”
Team Leaders at the All-Star Break
Home Runs: Frazier, 25; RBI: Frazier, 57; Batting Average: Melky Cabrera, .297 (Anderson is hitting .304, but doesn’t have enough plate appearances to qualify); Runs: Frazier, 51; Stolen Bases: Adam Eaton, 10; Wins: Sale, 14; ERA: Quintana, 3.21; Saves: David Robertson, 23; Strikeouts: Sale, 123; WHIP: Sale, 1:04.
After yesterday’s game the Sox optioned RHP Chris Beck to Class AAA Charlotte. The club will make a corresponding move on Friday after the break.
Carson Fulmer, the Sox No. 1 pitching prospect currently at Class AA Birmingham, had an impressive outing at the All-Star Futures Game in San Diego yesterday. In one scoreless inning of work, the seventh, he struck out a pair.
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. Miguel Gonzalez and Shields will pitch Friday and Saturday, respectively, for the Sox. Next Sunday’s pitcher is TBA.
Photo of the Day
The Sox and one enthusiastic fan in particular celebrate Jose’s All-Star selection.