Sale Eyes 16th Win and Series Victory for Sox
Sunday, September 11, 2016
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the rubber match of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (15-7, 3.07, 193 strikeouts) for the Sox, RHP Ian Kennedy (10-9, 3.76) for Kansas City.
Sale will make his 28th start of the season, 13th at home and 11th career (16th appearance) vs. Kansas City. He received a no decision in his last start on September 5 vs. Detroit, allowing two runs on six hits with no walks and eight strikeouts over eight innings pitched.
Last Night’s Highlights
The White Sox made a comeback and came within a base hit of tying the game and maybe even winning it in the bottom of the ninth inning, but fell short and dropped the second game of the home series, 6-5.
James Shields had a quality start (three runs in six innings), Melky Cabrera (2), Jose Abreu, Justin Morneau and Omar Narvaez drove in runs and Tyler Saladino (two singles and a double) and Adam Eaton (two doubles and a single) each collected three hits. Cabrera and Morneau added two hits apiece in addition to their runs batted in.
Saladino on Fire
Saladino recorded his third consecutive three-hit contest and his 22nd multi-hit game of the season. He is hitting .349 with seven doubles, two home runs, 14 RBI, three walks, four stolen bases and eight runs scored over his last 22 games. Tyler also has hit safely in eight of nine games vs. Kansas City this season, with a .378 BA, four doubles, one home run, five RBI, one walk and five runs scored. He is batting .281 on the season.
Right-hander Blake Smith, just called up from Class AAA Charlotte, made his first major-league appearance last night and tossed a perfect ninth inning.
Quote of the Day
The Sox’ Ken Williams, quoted in 2011 about being in New York with the club on September 11, 2001, when the unimaginable happened 15 years ago today:
“I can still smell the burning of the buildings. If I close my eyes, I can still see the people jumping out of the World Trade Center that you saw more on local television than you did on the national television. I can still feel the emotions of the day.”
See below for a link to more about that day.
The White Sox begin a four-game series tomorrow night with the American League Central-leading Indians, the last leg of the 10-game homestand.
Sox vs. Tribe Tale of the Tape:
Monday (7:10 p.m. CT, WGN). Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (3-6, 3.81) for the Sox, RHP Carlos Carrasco (11-7, 3.15) for Cleveland.
Tuesday (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (11-10, 3.13) for the Sox, RHP Trevor Bauer (11-6, 3.86) for the Tribe.
Wednesday (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN). LHP Carlos Rodon (7-8, 3.80) for the Sox, RHP Danny Salazar (11-6, 3.87) for the Indians.
Thursday (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN). RHP James Shields (5-17, 6.01) for the Sox, TBA for Cleveland.
Photo/Tribute of the Day
Here is a story by Scott Merkin of MLB.com on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, looking back at that day from those Sox who experienced it. And below is a photo of the pre-game remembrance a week later when the Yankees traveled to Chicago.