Monday, August 29, 2016
Carlos Rodon continued his August mastery of major-league hitters and the White Sox took an early lead, added some insurance in the eighth and went on to defeat the Mariners, 4-1.
As a result, the Sox won the series three games to one and completed the nine-game homestand with a fine 6-3 mark.
Rodon went six innings, allowing just one run on five hits and a lone walk along with six strikeouts to win his fifth game of the year (click on top link below). Carlos is 3-0 with a 1.47 ERA, 24 hits allowed, seven walks and 26 strikeouts over his last five starts–and has lowered his ERA from 4.67 to 3.91 during that span. He has gone 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA, 14 hits allowed, eight walks and 19 strikeouts in three career starts vs. Seattle.
In the fourth inning, Justin Morneau singled in a pair giving the Good Guys a 2-0 lead (click on second link). The Mariners made it 2-1 in the sixth on a Robinson Cano homer. The Sox put two more on the board in the eighth as Melky Cabrera‘s triple plated Tim Anderson, who reached base on a one-out single (click on third link). Cabrera then scored on a Jose Abreu sac fly.
Dan Jennings induced a double play to thwart a Seattle threat in the seventh (click on bottom link) and Nate Jones shut the door with two strikeouts in the eighth. David Robertson notched his 33rd save, navigating his way through the heart of the Mariner order with a scoreless ninth.
Sox Notes of Note
The White Sox have won six of their last eight games, are 35-29 at home this season and have won 11 of their last 16 games at U.S. Cellular Field…Adam Eaton left the game in the fifth inning due to a bruised right forearm after being hit by a pitch. X-rays were negative and he is day-to-day…Jones recorded his 26th hold of the season, tying him with Zach Duke (2015) and Matt Thornton (2012) for second-most in franchise history…Morneau is batting .295 with six doubles, one triple, two home runs, 11 RBI and five runs scored over his last 17 games. With a pair of base hits yesterday, he also recorded his seventh multi-hit game of the season…Anderson has hit safely in 18 of his last 20 games, hitting .338 with six doubles, two triples, nine RBI, five walks and 15 runs scored…Cabrera is batting .307 with 22 doubles, three triples, five home runs, 35 RBI, 16 walks and 28 runs scored over his last 65 games, raising his average from .275 to .293. With two hits yesterday, he collected his 43rd mult-hit effort of the year.
Quote of the Day
Beginning today, the White Sox embark on a seven-game road trip with three vs. the Tigers in Detroit and four vs. the Twins in Minneapolis.
The Tale of the Tape in Motown:
Today (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.
Tomorrow (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.
Prospect Watch: Jameson Fisher
Photo of the Day
Who wouldn’t be happy to meet Jason Benetti?