Four Homers and a Gem
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Last Night’s Highlights
The White Sox belted four home runs–a solo homer by Jose Abreu (18), back-to-back long ones by Avi Garcia (10, two-run shot) and Alex Avila (4) and a two-run blast by Tyler Saladino (7)–in support of Jose Quintana‘s masterful performance as the Good Guys posted a 9-3 victory over the Mariners.
The nine run, 15-hit explosion gave Q his 11th win as the All-Star lefty tossed 7.2 innings, allowing just one earned run, five hits and a lone walk while striking out eight. Jose is now 6-1 with a 2.13 ERA and 54 strikeouts over his last 10 starts (nine quality).
Both Garcia and Saladino had three-hit nights with Tyler driving in a run with a single in addition to his homer. Tim Anderson, Justin Morneau and Todd Frazier had two hits apiece with Tim and Justin each legging out a triple. Melky Cabrera, who returned to the lineup after a bout of the flu, added an RBI.
Enjoy Q’s gem, Abreu’s homer, the “back-to-back” and watch Saladino’s drive sail over the left-field wall:
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Mariners (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the four-game series and nine-game homestand. The Good Guys will be looking to take three of four in the series and to win their sixth on the homestand. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (4-8, 4.02) for the Sox, RHP Taijuan Walker (4-8, 4.14) for the Mariners.
Rodon is scheduled to make his 22nd start, one shy of his total from 2015. He is 2-0 with a 1.46 ERA, .211 opponents average and a 1.01 WHIP over his last four starts (four quality starts). He has lowered his season ERA from 4.67 to 4.02 during that span.
Carlos will make his third career start vs. Seattle. He has gone 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA and 13 strikeouts lifetime.
Quote of the Day
Robin on Q:
“He’s pretty consistent. I think that’s the biggest thing for him. Mentality-wise and just focus, just his attitude and everything that goes with him is pretty consistent. You’re never going to really tell what’s going on with him in the game. He’s had so many games that were close or tied or even behind that he never changes. I think that’s what endears him to a lot of guys. He’s consistent.”
Sox Notes of Note
The White Sox have won five of their last seven games and 10 of their last 15 home games. The Sox are 5-3 on the current homestand vs. Oakland (2-1), Philadelphia (1-1) and Seattle (2-1)…Abreu extended his hitting streak to 10 games, batting .351 with a double, four homers and seven RBI. He has hit safely in 18 of his last 20 games at home, batting .438 with three doubles, six home runs, 15 RBI and 10 multi-hit efforts. Frazier is hitting .324 with two doubles, one home run and nine RBI over his last 10 games (five multi-hit).
Today’s game wraps up the lengthy homestand. Beginning tomorrow, the White Sox embark on a seven-game road trip with three vs. the Tigers and then travel to Minneapolis for four vs. the Twins.
The Tale of the Tape vs. Detroit:
Tomorrow (6:08 p.m. CT, WPWR). Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields (5-16, 5.98) for the Sox, LHP Matt Boyd (5-2, 3.98) for the Tigers.
Tuesday (6:08 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: RHP Anthony Ranaudo (1-1, 9.61) for the Sox, LHP Daniel Norris (2-2, 3.63) for Detroit.
Wednesday (12:08 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (15-7, 3.14) for the Sox, RHP Justin Verlander (14-7, 3.33) for the Tigers.
Photo of the Day
There were some strange sights at the ballpark last evening during Star Wars Night. This was one of them: Charles Comiskey and a friend.