It’s Q for the Series Victory After an Impressive Shutout Win
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the rubber match of the three-game set. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (11-10, 3.05) for the Sox, RHP Anibal Sanchez (7-13, 5.70) for Detroit.
Last Night’s Highlights
Miguel Gonzalez tossed 6.1 shutout innings, the bullpen backed him up with 2.2 scoreless frames of their own and Jose Abreu continued his torrid hitting with his 23rd homer as the Sox blanked the Tigers, 2-0, in the second game of the series.
Gonzalez was brilliant in his first start after being reinstated from the disabled list. In winning his third game of the season, he scattered just six hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out four. Dan Jennings (0.1 IP), Nate Jones (1.1) and David Robertson (1.0) finished the job with DRob posting his 34th save. Omar Narvaez singled in the second Sox run in the fifth inning after Abreu’s solo shot gave the Good Guys a 1-0 lead in the second.
Gonzalez’s gem, Abreu’s blast:
More Abreu: Jose is This Year’s White Sox Nominee for the Prestigious Roberto Clemente Award.
Quote of the Day
Gonzalez on his outstanding performance:
“I think the most important thing is trying not to do too much when you’re out there. It’s been awhile since I’ve gotten off the mound and pitched a real game. Being able to control that and make my pitches was the biggest thing tonight.”
Prior to last night’s game, the White Sox recalled outfielder Jason Coats and infielder Leury Garcia from Class AAA Charlotte and purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Blake Smith from Charlotte. The Sox also returned Gonzalez from his rehab assignment with the Knights.
Sox Notes of Note
The White Sox recorded their eighth shutout of the season…The Sox are 7-3 over their their last 10 games at U.S. Cellular Field and 36-30 overall…Gonzalez has recorded a 2.38 ERA with eight quality starts over his last nine outings…Jones registered his 27th hold of the season, passing Zach Duke and Matt Thornton (both 26) for sole possession of second-place on the White Sox single-season hold list…Robertson needs five more saves to tie his career high of 39 set in 2014…Abreu has reached base safely in 32 of his last 33 games, hitting .370 with 12 homers and 31 RBI. He has five home runs and 14 RBI over his last seven games…Avi Garcia is batting .327 with a double, four homers, three walks, nine RBI and 10 runs scored in 16 games against Detroit this season…Tim Anderson has reached base safely in 26 of his last 28 games, batting .330 with eight doubles, two triples, two home runs, 11 RBI and 18 runs scored…Narvaez is batting .340 with three doubles, four RBI and eight runs scored in his last 19 games.
After tomorrow’s off day, the Sox continue their 10-game homestand by hosting the Royals for three games on Friday (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN), Saturday (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN) and Sunday (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN). The Indians come into town for four games beginning on Monday.
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Photo/Video of the Day
ICYMI…We can’t get enough of watching Melky Cabrera‘s catch on Monday night that robbed Cameron Maybin of a home run.