Carson Fulmer: “It’s One of Those Moments That You Try to Cherish as Much as You Can”
Monday, July 18, 2016
White Sox vs. Mariners at Safeco Field, Seattle (9:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (14-3, 3.38) vs. LHP Wade LeBlanc (1-0, 3.52).
The silver lining in yesterday’s 8-1 loss to the Angels was the much-anticipated major-league debut of right-hander Carson Fulmer. The Sox’ top draft choice in 2015 came on in the seventh inning, struck out the first batter he faced–who just happened to be future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols (see video above)–and tossed two scoreless innings with a pair of strikeouts.
Not to be outdone, catcher Omar Narvaez (No. 38 pictured below getting congratulations) scored the only Sox run on an Adam Eaton double after ripping a two base-hit to left field in his first major-league at bat (click on link below):
Quote of the Day
Fulmer on making his first big-league appearance…
“It’s one of those moments that you try to cherish as much as you can. It was definitely an opportunity I’ll never forget.”
…and facing the likes of Pujols:
“He’s one of the game’s best. But I’m just trying to stick to my approach like I always do and try not to necessarily think about who is in the box. Obviously you have a ton of respect for a guy like that…Seeing him step in the box, especially with my growing up watching him play, it was a special moment.”
2016 Draft Update
* First-round pick Zack Collins out of the University of Miami has two homers and eight RBI in three games with the High-A Winston-Salem Dash.
* Another first-rounder, Zach Burdi from Chicago and the University of Louisville, struck out two yesterday in a scoreless inning for Class AA Birmingham vs. Biloxi.
* Second-rounder Alec Hansen out of the University of Oklahoma made his debut at Rookie League Great Falls, tossing four scoreless innings and giving up just one hit and one walk along with eight strikeouts against Grand Junction. In 11 minor-league innings he has not given up a run, allowed only two hits and has struck out an impressive 19.
Thome Special Tonight
“Inside Look: Jim Thome” premieres tonight at 8:00 p.m. CT on Comcast SportsNet.
Tomorrow: White Sox vs. Mariners at Safeco Field (9:10 p.m. CT, WGN). Starting Pitchers — LHP Jose Quintana (7-8, 3.21) vs. LHP Wade Miley (6-6, 5.44).
Wednesday: White Sox vs. Mariners at Safeco Field (2:40 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers — RHP Miguel Gonzalez (2-5, 4.40) vs. RHP Felix Hernandez (4-4, 2.86).
Photo of the Day
Fresh off his All-Star appearance, Sale goes for win No. 15 tonight.