It’s 15 Wins for Sale, Abreu Grants his Son’s Wish, Sox Go for a Series Victory Today and More…
Sunday, August 21, 2016
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. A’s (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the rubber match of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (9-9, 2.85) for the Sox, RHP Zach Neal (2-2, 5.19) for the Athletics.
Q, who ranks fifth in the American League in ERA, will be making his 24th start and 10th at home. He is 4-1 with a 2.21 ERA over his last eight starts. In his last outing, on August 16 vs. the Indians, Quintana lost despite allowing just two runs on seven hits over six innings.
Last Night’s Highlights
Chris Sale tossed a masterpiece for his 15th win and the White Sox scored six runs in the first four innings for a 6-2 victory over the A’s to even the series.
Sale was in vintage form, allowing just three hits along with eight strikeouts–five in a row from the 6th to the 8th–in eight scoreless innings (click on top link below).
Everybody in the Sox lineup collected a hit with the exception of Justin Morneau. Jose Abreu homered (click on bottom link) and doubled, Melky Cabrera singled and doubled with a pair of RBI and Tim Anderson, Jason Coats and Carlos Sanchez each drove in a run.
The A’s scored a pair off of Nate Jones in the ninth, but David Robertson came on and stifled an Oakland rally for his 31st save.
Adam Eaton was his usual spectacular self in center field. Here are two of his gems, including a running catch that ended the game:
Jose Delivers for Dariel
When Abreu’s young son Dariel arrived in the U.S from Cuba for a visit with his Dad, his one “baseball” request was for the Sox slugger to hit a home run. With the youngster in the house last night, Jose did just that in the first inning with No. 15.
Abreu has hit safely in 15 of his last 17 August games, batting .368 with five doubles, four homers and 10 RBI during those contests. He is batting .378 with seven doubles, five home runs and 19 RBI over his last 34 games at U.S. Cellular Field.
Quote of the Day
Sale on the Sox’ frame of mind:
“Nobody in here has given up. We have too much pride in ourselves and what we do. When you look around this clubhouse, we have some pretty good guys, guys that compete. At the end of the day, that’s all you can ask for. Anything that happens after that, you can live with it.”
Sox Notes of Note
Cabrera is batting .313 with 20 doubles, two triples, five homers and 32 RBI over his last 60 games…Eaton has recorded a hit in his last 12 contests against the Athletics (eight multi-hit games). He is batting .407 with three doubles, two triples and two RBI during that span…Coats is hitting .313 with a double, home run, three RBI and four runs scored over his last seven games…Avi Garcia, currently on the disabled list retroactive to August 7, has started a rehab assignment at Class AAA Charlotte…First-round 2016 draft pick Zack Burdi continues to excel at Charlotte. In six innings with the Knights he has struck out 11…Also at Charlotte, outfield prospect Adam Engel hit a grand slam on Friday night and followed up with an inside-the-park homer last night…The Sox’ first pick in the June MLB draft, catcher Zack Collins, belted his fourth homer for High-Class A Winston-Salem last night.
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After tomorrow’s off day, the Sox host the Phillies in a brief two-game series, then face the Mariners at home for four.
Sox vs. Phils:
Tuesday (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR). Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (3-8, 4.26) for the Sox, TBA for Philadelphia.
Wednesday (7:10p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields (5-15, 5.98) for the Sox, RHP Jesse Hahn (2-4, 6.02) for the Phillies.
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Photo of the Day