Frazier Propels Sox to Victory in Extras, Q Looks to Make it Two Wins in a Row
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Last Night’s Highlights
Todd Frazier‘s three-run homer in the top of the 10th inning, representing the White Sox’ second comeback of the game, proved to be the difference as the Good Guys defeated the Royals, 7-5, in the series opener.
Down 3-1 after four frames, the Sox rallied for three runs in the top of the fifth to take a 4-3 lead. We pounded out five straight singles in the inning with Melky Cabrera, Jose Abreu and Justin Morneau recording the RBI.
On the strength of another strong Chris Sale performance (three runs in seven innings with seven K’s) and a perfect eighth authored by Nate Jones, the Sox took that one-run advantage into the ninth but the Royals tied it up–sending the game into extra innings.
It didn’t take long before the White Sox regained the lead. With one out in the 10th Abreu singled and Morneau doubled, setting the stage for Frazier’s 31st homer (click on link below)–tying him with the Blue Jays’ Edwin Encarnacion and Orioles’ Mark Trumbo for the major league lead. Dan Jennings registered the final out for his first save.
Morneau’s two-base hit in the 10th was his fourth hit of the game. Here’s what Robin said after the game along with video of Justin’s big night:
“He’s filled the left-handed presence we were looking for. Even against a lefty. He’s had professional at-bats. It’s a very educated at-bat.”
White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (7:15 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (9-8, 2.93) for the Sox, RHP Ian Kennedy (6-9, 4.03) for Kansas City.
Looking to make it two wins in a row vs. the Royals, Q makes his 23rd start and 14th on the road. He is 4-0 with a 2.27 ERA over his last six starts. He won his last outing on August 4 at Detroit, allowing three runs over 7.1 innings.
Quotes of the Day
Prior to last night’s game, the White Sox placed Avi Garcia on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right knee and recalled Jason Coats from Class AAA Charlotte.
The Pride of Downers Grove
Zack Burdi, one of the Sox’ two first-round picks in the June draft, has been promoted to Class AAA Charlotte. In his last 10 games strictly in a relief role, the Downers Grove native who played at the University of Louisville recorded a 1.80 ERA in 15 innings with 22 strikeouts, five walks and five hits allowed.
The Abreus: Father and Son Reunited
Hawk Out of Action
Hawk Harrelson is under the weather. He will miss at least the six games in Kansas City and Miami. Tom “Wimpy” Paciorek and Steve Stone, who were in the booth last night, will handle the first two games in K.C. and Jason Benetti will be there with Stone for the finale. With Steve taking the Miami series off, Jason and Wimpy will broadcast the Sox-Marlins series. Hawk is expected to return next Tuesday in Cleveland alongside Stone.
White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium (7:15 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the finale of the series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (2-6, 4.09) for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy (7-1, 2.98) for K.C.
Photo of the Day
Megan Golden, a valuable member of the White Sox Communications Department since December of 2014 whose duties included contributing to Inside the White Sox, is heading to Notre Dame. Tomorrow is her last day with the Sox.
Megan’s new title at ND is Assistant Athletics Communications Director for track and field, cross country, women’s lacrosse and women’s basketball. She will be responsible for all media relations and social media efforts for those teams.
Megan will be missed.