Sox End Homestand in Walk-Off Fashion, Nine-Game Road Trip Starts Tonight with Sale in Kansas City
Friday, September 16, 2016
Carlos Sanchez‘s bloop single with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning drove home pinch-runner Leury Garcia and the White Sox nipped the Indians, 2-1, to win the series three games to one. The Good Guys also finished the tough A.L. Central homestand against the Tigers, Royals and Tribe with a 6-4 record.
The ninth began with an Omar Narvaez single up the middle. Avi Garcia then struck out and Leury stole second–setting the stage for Sanchez’s heroics.
Jose Abreu accounted for the Sox’ first run with home run No. 24, which also gave him his 95th RBI. Abreu, who added a single and a walk, is now batting .299. Jose has hit safely in 38 of his last 41 games, batting .373 with seven doubles, 13 home runs, 39 RBI, 11 walks and 26 runs scored during that stretch.
James Shields had a strong outing, allowing just one run and three hits along with eight strikeouts in six innings. The bullpen–Chris Beck (0.2 IP), Dan Jennings (0.1), Nate Jones (1.0) and David Robertson (1.0)–took over from there and finished the game with three scoreless innings. Robertson earned his fifth win of the season.
Enjoy the Sanchez game-winner, Abreu’s long one and Shields outstanding performance:
Quote of the Day
Sanchez on being the hero:
“It was really fun when you help your team win games. I enjoyed that moment a lot. I was looking for a fastball away, but it was really hard to see. I just tried to hit that ball, and I know Leury can run.”
Beginning tonight the Sox hit the road for a nine-game road trip before they return home for the final seven games of the season. It begins with a four-game wrap-around series in Kansas City (Today-Monday), continues with a pair of games in Philadelphia next Tuesday and Wednesday and after an off day concludes with three in Cleveland a week from this weekend.
Sox vs. Royals Tale of the Tape:
Tonight (7:15 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (15-8, 3.03) for the Sox vs. RHP Ian Kennedy (11-9, 3.62) for Kansas City.
Tomorrow (6:15 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (4-6, 3.82) for the Sox vs. RHP Dillon Gee (6-8, 4.60) for K.C.
Sunday (1:15 p.m. CT, WGN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (12-10, 3.05) for the Sox vs. LHP Danny Duffy (11-2, 3.15) for the Royals.
Monday (1:15 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (7-9, 4.04) for the Sox vs. RHP Yordano Ventura (10-11, 4.42) for K.C.
Sox Notes of Note
The White Sox recorded their seventh walk-off win of the season (last on August 25 vs. Seattle; Todd Frazier single in the ninth inning).
The Sox are 12-6 over their last 18 games at U.S. Cellular Field and have gone 41-33 at home this season.
White Sox starters are 6-3 with a 2.82 ERA and 96 strikeouts over the last 13 home games (11 quality starts).
Sanchez recorded the second game-ending hit of his career (also May 18, 2015 vs. Cleveland).
Melky Cabrera, who collected two more hits yesterday and is batting .297 on the season, is batting .350 with five doubles, one home run, 11 RBI, five walks and eight runs scored in 14 September games.
Photo of the Day
Abreu met Shane Callaghan yesterday. The 11-year-old is going through treatment for bone cancer in his left leg.
“I promised him that I would try to hit a home run,” the slugger revealed.
Well, Shane, mission accomplished.