The Crosstown Cup is Ours–Again
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Last Night’s Highlights
James Shields lived up to his nickname “Big Game James” and Adam Eaton homered, walked and scored twice as the White Sox won their fourth straight game by blanking the Cubs, 3-0, to reach the .500 mark with a 50-50 record.
The victory ensured that the Good Guys will at least split the series and as a result maintain possession of the Crosstown Cup with the two games remaining at Wrigley Field. It was the Sox’ second consecutive sellout and third of the season (also Opening Day) as 39,553 flowed through the turnstiles.
Shields was masterful in earning the win. He pitched 7.2 scoreless innings, allowing just four hits and now has a 1.71 ERA during his last six starts (all quality). Nate Jones got the last out in the eighth and David Robertson retired the Cubs 1-2-3 in the ninth for his 24th save.
Enjoy Shields’ performance and Eaton’s seventh homer:
Do Clothes Make the Man?
Since donning the 1983 unis on Saturday night, the White Sox are undefeated. Reminds us of the “Winning Ugly” Sox who won the American League West that season.
Back to the road uniforms today at Wrigley.
White Sox vs. Cubs at Wrigley Field (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.
Ranaudo is set to make his Sox debut and first start of the season. He began 2016 with Texas and was acquired from the Rangers on May 12. He was recalled from Class AAA Charlotte on July 24 where he went 5-3 with a 3.20 ERA in 78.2 innings pitched.
Quote of the Day
Tyler Saladino on Shields (via @CSNHayes):
“He starts to feel that confidence that he’s making his pitches, he’s getting his outs, he’s in charge. And when you’re behind him watching all that’s going on, and he’s giving you feedback when you come back in, you just know that he’s locked in. So you just go with it, the flow of him and everything.”
Brett Lawrie has been placed on the DL and Carlos Sanchez has been recalled from Charlotte.
An Anderson At-Bat to Remember
And enjoy this play the rookie shortstop made last night:
White Sox vs. Cubs at Wrigley Field (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.
Former Bear Charles “Peanut” Tillman (pictured below) who just announced his retirement from the NFL, threw out a ceremonial first pitch last night. He’s a player both sides of town root for.
The Sox hosted players from the A.C. Milan soccer team last night. Here’s Todd Frazier offering some tips on the art of hitting and a group of Sox players, including Jose Quintana, trying their hand at soccer with the visitors.
Photo of the Day
Congratulations to last night’s Hero of the Game, who happens to be the husband of Grace Guerreo Zwit, the Sox’ Senior Director of Minor League Operations.