Sale Seeks 15th Win, Buehrle Anniversary, Griffey to Hall and More…
Saturday, July 23, 2016
White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (14-3, 3.18) for the Sox, LHP Matt Boyd (1-2, 4.91) for Detroit.
Sale is making his 20th start of the season, 10th at home and third vs. the Tigers. The first in the majors to reach 14 victories, the Sox’ five-time All-Star is currently tied at that number with the Orioles’ Chris Tillman as he seeks No. 15 tonight.
Sale ranks among the American League leaders in many categories including wins (1st), innings pitched (1st, 133), opponents average (3rd, .216), strikeouts (5th, 129) and ERA (8th).
The Sox’ ace recorded a no decision in his last start on July 18 at Seattle despite allowing just one hit along with six K’s in eight innings of work.
Last Night’s Highlights
Justin Morneau connected with his first homer in a Sox uniform, a three-run blast (click on link below), and Jose Abreu went 3-for-3 with a walk and two RBI in the Sox’ 7-5 loss to the Tigers…Melky Cabrera added two hits, including his 20th double of the season.
Morneau is batting .385 with a double, homer and four RBI over his last five games…Abreu is batting .429 with two doubles, two homers and 11 RBI against Detroit this season. He has reached base safely in 40 of his last 42 games, batting .313 during that span…Cabrera extended his hitting streak to seven games, batting .414 during that time. He has reached base in 10 of his last 13 games against the Tigers, batting .353 with five doubles, a triple, two home runs and eight RBI in those games.
In addition to the outstanding seasons by Sale and Jose Quintana, Todd Frazier (28) is just one behind Baltimore’s Mark Trumbo for the big-league lead in homers…Adam Eaton leads all MLB outfielders with 14 assists and is also the leader (21) in DRS (defensive runs saved)…Since June 23, James Shields has the fifth lowest ERA (2.52) in the A.L.
On This Date in 2009…
Seven years ago today, July 23, 2009, Mark Buehrle pitched his perfect game vs. the Tampa Bay Rays. We’ll never forget the gem and Dewayne Wise‘s ‘The Catch.’
Quote of the Day
“I never thought I’d throw a no-hitter (April 18, 2007 vs. Rangers), never thought I’d throw a perfect game and I never thought I’d hit a home run (June 13, 2009 at Milwaukee). Never say never in this game because crazy stuff can happen.”
White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Quintana(8-8, 3.13) for the Sox, RHP Anibal Sanchez (5-11, 6.60) for Detroit.
The Bo Bobblehead
Photo/Video of the Day
Ken Griffey Jr., who played 41 games for the Sox at the end of the 2008 regular season and three games in the American League Division Series, will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame tomorrow in Cooperstown.
Junior’s biggest contribution to the Sox was arguably his throw from center field in the fifth inning of the ‘Blackout Game,’ Game 163 vs. Minnesota to determine the ’08 American League Central title. In a play that will long be remembered by Sox fans, the Griffey to A.J. Pierzynski connection cut down the Twins’ Michael Cuddyer at the plate to preserve a John Danks‘ shutout. As it turned out, the throw was monumental. Jim Thome belted a solo homer in the seventh and the game ended 1-0 White Sox as the Good Guys captured the division crown and went on to face the Rays in the A.L. Division Series.
Here’s the play: