Frazier’s 30th Ties for MLB Home Run Lead, Avi Smashes Two and Sale Seeks 15th Win Tonight
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Last Night’s Highlights
Todd Frazier tied the Orioles’ Mark Trumbo for the major-league home run lead by belting his 30th (click on top link below) and Avi Garcia went deep twice (click on middle link) in the Sox’ 11-5 loss to the Tigers.
Charlie Tilson, acquired from the Cardinals for reliever Zach Duke before the trade deadline, made his big-league debut last night, batting eighth and playing centerfield. He singled up the middle in his first at bat, was handed the ball and got warm congratulations at first base from Miguel Cabrera (click on bottom link). Unfortunately, Tilson left the game in the fifth inning after straining a hamstring while diving for a ball.
White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park, Detroit (6:08 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the middle game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (14-4, 3.17) for the Sox, RHP Michael Fulmer (9-2, 2.50) for the Tigers.
Sale goes for win No. 15, attempting to join the Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg as the majors’ only 15-game winners.
Quote of the Day
Tilson, out of New Trier High and Wilmette, woke up to the news last Sunday that he was dealt to the Sox and then was told he was coming to the major leagues. While his injury last night injected a sour note in the scenario, it doesn’t diminish the accomplishment. His reaction upon learning about the trade:
“Yeah, it was unbelievable. I grew up a diehard White Sox fan, spent so much time at that stadium watching the team. To have it work out this way, I feel so fortunate, excited and so pumped to get going.”
According to Dan Hayes of CSNChicago, Tilson’s family, located just below the press box at Comerica, “went nuts” after Charlie’s single in his first at bat. Per @ckamka, Tilson became the third Sox player to collect a hit in his first major-league game this season. He joins Tim Anderson (June 10) and Omar Narvaez (July 17).
White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (12:08 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (8–8, 2.89) for the Sox, TBA for Detroit.
Photo/Video of the Day
A loyal Sox fan meets “his guys.”