Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Last Night’s Highlights
Tyler Saladino singled in J.B. Shuck with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the White Sox clipped the Cubs, 5-4, in the opener of the Crosstown Classic for their third consecutive walk-off victory.
The Sox have now recorded three consecutive walk-off wins for the first time since August 4-6, 1962 and registered their fifth walk-off of this season.
In front of a season-high sellout crowd of 39, 510, the Sox jumped out to a 4-0 lead on the heels on an Adam Eaton RBI single in the third inning and Todd Frazier‘s three-run homer (29) in the sixth (click on top link below). The Cubs tied the score at 4-4 in the top of the ninth, setting the stage for Saladino’s heroics (click on bottom link).
Starter Miguel Gonzalez was outstanding. He allowed just two runs and seven hits and struck out eight in 6.2 innings. Gonzalez has gone 1-0 with a 1.32 ERA, 12 hits allowed, three walks and 11 strikeouts over his last two starts at home. He also has recorded a 2.76 ERA and a .200 opponents average over his last five starts (all quality). And he has gone 1-0 with a 2.13 ERA, 10 hits allowed, two walks and 13 strikeouts in two interleague starts this season.
Dan Jennings earned his fourth win of the year, getting two outs in the ninth to halt the Cubs rally.
The Melky Show
In addition to extending his hitting streak to 10 games with an eighth-inning double and batting .375 during that span, Melky Cabrera put on quite a defensive show last night.
He robbed Kris Bryant of a home run in the first inning (click on top link below) and prevented Bryant from turning a single into a double in a crucial ninth-inning play (click on bottom link).
White Sox vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m. CT, WGN/ESPN) in the second game of the four-game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields (4-12, 4.99) for the Sox, RHP Kyle Hendricks (9-6, 2.27) for the Cubs.
Shields is making his 10th start as a member of the White Sox. He has recorded a 2.10 ERA and 16 strikeouts in his last five starts.
Quote of the Day
Saladino on his game-winner, the triumph over the Cubs and last night’s electric atmosphere:
“It was just one of the those moments, really. Just trying to get a job done…That’s pretty much what everything is, but it was a lot of fun, a lot of energy there and it felt really good to get that done for the guys.
“It’s just a lot of fun to play against them, It’s for Chicago. Everybody comes out for this, I imagine most people wait for this kind of series. It’s an honor to be a part of. It’s a lot of fun. Everybody comes out ready and there’s a lot of energy out here. It’s an exciting series.”
Who better than the Captain, Paul Konerko, to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at last night’s series opener. Here he is with his “catcher,” Jose Quintana.
The Crosstown Cup series continues at Wrigley Field.
Tomorrow Night (7:05 p.m. CT, CSN/ESPN). Starting Pitchers: RHP Anthony Ranaudo (1-0, 17.18) for the Sox, RHP Jason Hammel (9-5, 3.36) for the Cubs.
Thursday Night (7:05 p.m. CT, WGN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (14-3, 3.18) for the Sox, RHP John Lackey (7-6, 3.75) for the Cubs.
Photo of the Day