Sale Aims for 15th Win and Sox Sweep
Sunday, August 14, 2016
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Marlins at Marlins Park, Miami (12:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the series as the Sox go for the three-game sweep. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (14-5, 3.16) for the Sox, RHP Tom Koehler (9-8, 3.83) for the Marlins.
Sale will make his 23rd start of the season, 14th on the road and first career vs. Miami. He received a no decision in his last start on August 9 vs. the Royals, allowing three runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts over seven innings.
Chris is 6-2 with a 2.54 ERA lifetime in interleague play.
Last Night’s Highlights
Trailing by a run, White Sox tied the score at 7-7 on a Justin Morneau pinch-hit double in the top of the eighth inning and scored the eventual winning run later in the frame on a strikeout/wild pitch as the Good Guys nipped the Marlins, 8-7, to win a close one for the second straight night.
The Sox got on the board early with a run in the first on a Jose Abreu RBI double and three in the second–two on an RBI double by Tyler Saladino and an RBI single by Dioner Navarro–to take a 4-0 advantage. The Marlins countered with one in the second and four in the third to take a 5-4 lead. The Sox tied it at 5-5 in the fourth on Jason Coats‘ first major-league home run (click on first link below), but the Marlins scored twice in the bottom of the inning to take a 7-5 lead. Tim Anderson singled (he also doubled in the second) and ultimately scored on a fielder’s choice in the sixth to narrow the lead to 7-6.
In the seventh, Coats singled and moved to second on a wild pitch. Navarro walked, then Morneau doubled home Coats to tie the score (click on second link). With two outs, the Sox scored the game-winner as Melky Cabrera struck out swinging and Navarro scored as the wild pitch got away from Miami catcher J.T. Realmuto (click on third link).
Chris Beck, just called up to replace the injured Miguel Gonzalez on the 25-man roster, earned his first major-league win with 1.1 scoreless innings. Nate Jones retired the side 1-2-3 in the eighth and David Robertson recorded his 29th save with a scoreless ninth. With two out, Robertson gave up a single to Giancarlo Stanton in right field, but Adam Eaton gunned him down at second for his MLB-leading 17th outfield assist of the season to end the game (click on bottom link below). Eaton, who collected four hits on Friday night, also walked three times, scored twice and drove in a run.
Quote of the Day
Robertson’s comment to former Yankee teammate Ichiro, who recently surpassed the 3,000 hit mark with the Marlins:
“I told him I was glad that he got it before I got here so I didn’t have to face him with him at 2,999.”
Omar the Hit Maker
In his first seven games in the major leagues, catcher Omar Narvaez is batting .444 (8-18) with seven walks and a .600 on-base percentage.
—RHP Zach Burdi, one of the White Sox two first-round selections (26th overall) in the 2016 draft, threw a scoreless inning Friday night in his first outing with Class AAA Charlotte. Then, last night, threw two scoreless innings for his first pro win vs. Durham.
–RHP Alec Hansen, the Sox’ second-round pick in June, allowed one unearned run on three hits with 10 strikeouts over six innings on Wednesday for Advanced Rookie Great Falls in a win vs. Ogden. Through Wednesday, n Hansen owns a 1.37 ERA with 53 strikeouts over eight starts between the Arizona League White Sox and Advanced Rookie Great Falls, allowing just 12 hits.
–RHP Spencer Adams, the Sox’ No. 3 prospect, last night tossed seven innings, allowing no earned runs, four hits and a pair of walks along with a strikeout. It was his first win for Birmingham.
–OF Alex Call (click on link):
After tomorrow’s off day, the White Sox face the American League Central-leading Indians in a three-game series at Progressive Field in Cleveland, the last leg of the nine-game road trip.
Tale of the tape:
Tuesday (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (9-8, 2.85) for the Sox, RHP Corey Kluber (12-8, 3.21) for the Tribe.
Wednesday (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: TBA for the Sox, RHP Carlos Carrasco (8-6, 3.21) for the Indians.
Thursday (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (3-8, 4.32) for the Sox vs.TBA for Cleveland.
Photo of the Day
Robertson has a laugh with Ichiro (photo courtesy of @CST_soxvan).