Abreu’s Monster Day Headlines Extra-Inning Win; Sox Begin 10-Game Homestand Today with Sale on the Hill
Labor Day: Monday, September 5, 2016
Tim Anderson doubled in the two go-ahead runs in the top of the 12th inning (click on top link below) and the White Sox completed an impressive comeback with a 13-11 extra-inning victory that was headlined by Jose Abreu‘s pair of three-run homers and seven RBI.
The Good Guys finished the road trip with a 2-2 split of the four-game set in Minneapolis. The 13 runs were a season high and the 16 hits tied for the most this year.
Trailing 9-5 after six, the Sox scored three in the seventh, one in the eighth and two in the ninth to take an 11-10 lead on Avi Garcia‘s two-run single (click on second link). The Twins tied the game in the bottom of the ninth to send it into extra innings, setting the stage for Anderson’s game-winning two-bagger, his third hit of the contest.
Abreu blasted a long three-run homer (21) in the first (click on third link), singled in a run in the fifth and clouted a mammoth three-run shot (22) in the seventh (click on fourth link). Jose now has driven in 86 on the season along with his .293 batting average. In his last 31 games he has a .370/.413/.677 slash line with 11 homers and 30 RBI.
RHP Juan Minaya earned his first major-league win with one-plus innings of scoreless relief. Minaya, who had been in the Class AAA Charlotte bullpen since being claimed off of waivers from the Astros in June, has made a good early impression since being called up by the Sox on September 1–his first experience in the major leagues.
In three relief appearances for the Sox, Minaya has tossed four scoreless innings, allowing just three hits, three walks and has struck out three.
Tommy Kahnle got three outs in the 12th in relief of Minaya for his first save, with an assist from Todd Frazier on a great defensive play to end the game (click on bottom link). Frazier also had a three-hit day as did Melky Cabrera.
A.L. Central Rivals Invade U.S. Cellular Field
The White Sox begin a 10-game, 11-day homestand against three American League Central rivals. It all commences today as the Sox kick off a three-game series vs. the Tigers, followed by three vs. the Royals and four vs. the Indians with an off day this Thursday thrown into the mix.
Sox vs. the Tigers:
Today (3:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (15-7, 3.10) for the Sox, Justin Verlander (14-7, 3.30) for Detroit.
Sale will be making his 27th start of the season, 12th at home and fifth vs. the Tigers. Chris came away with a no-decision in his August 31 duel with Verlander when he went eight strong innings, allowing only two runs on eight hits with six strikeouts.
Tuesday (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (2-6, 4.05), fresh off the disabled list for the Sox, LHP Matt Boyd (5-2, 4.00) for the Tigers.
Wednesday (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (11-10, 3.05) for the Sox, RHP Anibal Sanchez (7-13, 5.70) for Detroit.
Quote of the Day
From MLB Pipeline’s Saturday’s Heroes, September 4:
“Fresh off of throwing five perfect innings his last start, No. 61 overall prospect Carson Fulmer posted zeros over six innings for Triple-A Charlotte in a 3-0 win over Norfolk. The White Sox No. 1 prospect scattered seven hits while walking two and striking out five to go along with 10 ground-ball outs…Fulmer, 22, has allowed one earned run in 15 innings over his past three starts.”
Feel Good Story
The story of catcher Kevan Smith‘s quest to make it to the major leagues has turned out to be a happy one, but it certainly didn’t look that way in April.
Smith (pictured above), who was selected by the Sox in the seventh round of the 2011 MLB draft, has played in the minors for five seasons prior to this year. He started at Rookie League Bristol and has made stops at Rookie League Great Falls, Class A Kannapolis, High-Class A Winston-Salem, Class AA Birmingham and Charlotte.
His big-league dream came close to reality earlier this season when he was called up to the big club on April 24 for the first time. He was even penciled in the starting lineup the next day, but was scratched because of a bad back and placed on the disabled list.
Then, it finally happened. On September 1, with rosters expanding, he was called up once again and made his debut that night against the Twins. On Saturday night he made his first start, as the DH, and yesterday was in the lineup as the starting catcher and scored a run in the Sox triumph (click on link below).
Photo of the Day
Hawk Harrelson celebrated birthday No. 75 yesterday at Target Field. That’s Hall of Famer and Twins broadcaster Bert Blyleven on the far left.