Thursday Roundup: Sox Aim for Series Win, Inside Info on Fulmer, Anderson and Burdi Plus More…
Thursday, August 11, 2016
White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium (7:15 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the rubber match of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (2-6, 4.09) for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy (7-1, 2.98) for K.C.
Last Night’s Highlights
Although he settled for another no-decision in the 3-2, 14-inning loss to the Royals, Jose Quintana tossed a gem, allowing just one run, four hits and a walk along with seven strikeouts in 7.1 innings (click on link below).
J.B. Shuck accounted for the Sox’ first run with a third-inning homer, his fourth of the season (click on link below). K.C tied the game at 1-1 in the eighth, sending the contest to extra innings for the second straight night. In the 11th, Tim Anderson singled home the lead run to make it 2-1 in favor of the White Sox, but the Royals came right back with a run to tie the score in the bottom of the frame.
In the 13th, it looked like the Sox were doomed after Dan Jennings gave up a leadoff triple to Jared Dyson, but the lefty–who recorded his first career save on Tuesday night–dramatically struck out Drew Butera, Alex Gordon and Alcides Escobar in order to prevent the winning run from scoring. Click on link:
The Royals eventually evened the series at one apiece with a two-out run in the bottom of the 14th to end the marathon.
Abreu collected three hits, raising his batting average to .280, Shuck singled in addition to his homer and Adam Eaton had a pair of singles.
Quote of the Day
White Sox vs. Marlins at Marlins Park, Miami (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game interleague weekend series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (2-8, 4.49) for the Sox, RHP Andrew Cashner (4-8, 4.96) for Miami.
Saturday (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields (5-14, 5.43) for the Sox, LHP Adam Conley (8-6, 3.70) for the Royals.
Sunday (12:10 p.m. CT, WGN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (14-5, 3.16) for the Sox, RHP Jose Fernandez (12-6, 2.81) for the Marlins in a battle of aces.
The Big-League Maturation of Carson Fulmer
Via Daryl Van Schouwen, Sun-Times:
Carson Fulmer’s high motor can run too hot, he admits. The good thing is he’s learning when to lay off the accelerator.
“The game can speed up for me sometimes and I have to slow it down,’’ the White Sox’ 2015 first-round draft pick said Wednesday. “That’s why I’ve had a little success lately. Take those two deep breaths after I throw a ball and I’m 2-0 in a count. Being able to control the game in that aspect and get myself back into good counts.
There are are times to reach for more and there are times to just get ahead and throw a strike. It’s part of the learning experience.’’
Fulmer, 22, (pictured above) pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings against the Orioles Sunday, his third outing without allowing a run along with his first two. In between, Fulmer was scored on four straight times. In the scoreless outings he allowed no walks. In the others, he walked at least one.
“The more repetitions I get, I’m starting to figure it out a little,’’ Fulmer said. “It’s hard to come into the big leagues and have success right away. I’m taking some punches but I’m starting to punch right back.’’
For Fulmer, the No. 8 overall pick who was a College World Series hero at Vanderbilt, navigating his way through major league hitters is a whole new world.
“You face experienced hitters in pro ball, guys who have seen very good pitching for a long time,’’ he said. “They know tendencies, a pitcher’s strengths and you look at that and say, all I can do is throw strike one and be capable of throwing any of your pitches in any count.’’
Fulmer’s four plus-pitches make him an exciting commodity. Commanding them–he walked 60 batters in 110 minor league innings– is a work in progress. The Sox are bringing Fulmer along through the bullpen and will likely give him a couple of starts before the end of the season. Some say he profiles as a reliever, but the Sox didn’t use an eighth overall pick with a bullpen piece in mind.
“They’re throwing me in situations that I need to learn if I’m going to make that transition,’’ Fulmer said.
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Photo of the Day
Sox players and coaches, including Rick Renteria, Anderson, Tyler Saladino and Daryl Boston visited the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in K.C. before last night’s game.