Results tagged ‘ Chris Sale ’
Thursday, June 27, 2013
It’s the White Sox vs. Indians in a doubleheader at U.S. Cellular Field (1st game, 4:10, CT, 2nd game will follow, both on CSN). Probable starters: LHP Hector Santiago (3-5, 3.03) and LHP Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.83) for the Sox, TBA for Cleveland. The twin bill is a result of the April 23 postponement.
Per trainer Herm Schneider, Jake played catch yesterday for roughly 10 minutes, at the three-week mark of his rib injury. He will continue to build up strength with the plan of having a side day at the four-week mark. According to Peavy it’s realistic to think he’ll be back around the All-Star break.
Congrats, Axe and Kash
Two members of the White Sox family, Dylan Axelrod and Mike Kashirsky, will have their uniform numbers retired tonight–by the Windy City ThunderBolts of the independent Frontier League. The ceremony will take place at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood before the Bolts’ regularly scheduled game vs. the Normal CornBelters.
Axe starred for the Thunderbolts in 2009 where he made the All-Star team and led the club to the playoffs. His No. 23 will be retired.
Kashirsky, a pre-game instructor and batting practice pitcher for the Sox, was a longtime player, coach and manager for the Cook County/Windy City franchise and is the all-time winningest skipper in the team’s history. The Bolts are retiring his No. 1.
Attention Blackhawk fans: Here’s an offer that’s pretty hard to pass up. The Sox are offering specially-priced $15 tickets to all fans who are wearing Blackhawks apparel at tomorrow night’s doubleheader with the Indians.
Tickets are available only at U.S. Cellular Field ticket windows and can be purchased only on Friday. Fans who will be attending the Hawks celebratory parade and rally and will return to U.S. Cellular Field for the twin bill, you can park in one of the ballpark lots for $20 and take the CTA. Lot A will be open at 6:00 a.m. and is accessible from Wentworth Avenue between 33rd and 35th Streets.
Quote of the Day
Robin, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, commented on the now infamous dropped pop-up in Tuesday night’s game with the Mets when Gordon Beckham collided with Conor Gillaspie.
“Gordon didn’t really drive through him. It was more like he wrapped him up. We need to work on Gordon’s tackling technique.”
You would think that Gordon, a product of the University of Georgia and the SEC, would have his technique down pat.
Play(s) of the Day
Nate Jones has recorded a 0.69 ERA over his last 10 appearances…Alexei Ramirez, with two hits last night, is hitting .361 with five doubles, four RBI, seven runs scored and five stolen bases over this last 14 games. He also ranks fourth in the American League with 18 stolen bases…John Danks retired the first nine batters he faced last night, extending his streak to 30 consecutive batters at home dating back to his last start on June 8 vs. Oakland. It’s the longest such streak by a Sox pitcher since Mark Buehrle retired 32 in a row in July/August of 2009. It’s the longest home streak in the majors since Felix Hernandez of the Mariners retired 36 in a row last July/August…Brent Morel, just recalled from Class AAA Charlotte, last night collected his first hit with the Sox since May of 2012.
Did You Know…
…that Chris Sale is already among the all-time best strikeout artists in White Sox history? With five 12+ strikeout games, Chris trails only Hall of Famer Ed Walsh and lefthander Juan Pizarro, who had six in their careers in Chicago. Sale also is tied with Walsh and righty Javier Vazquez with the most dozen or more strikeout games in a single season (3).
Photo of the Day
Nate is excelling in the ‘pen.
Monday, June 17, 2013
White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park, Houston (7:05, CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.86) for the Sox, RHP Bud Norris (5-6, 3.47) for the Astros.
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn,1B; Konerko, DH; Gillaspie, 3B; Viciedo, LF; Beckham, 2B; Gimenez, C.
A Conversation With PK
ESPNChicago.com’s Scoop Jackson caught up with Paulie and talked to the White Sox captain about his life in a Sox uniform.
Quote of the Day
Robin’s comments on the recent Sox losses:
“It’s baseball. You have to create your own breaks and attitude-wise and everything else. If you want to go down the road of feeling sorry for yourself and thinking bad things are going to happen, it’s probably going to happen. I’m not going there. You have to pick yourself up, stay positive and get after it.”
Play of the Day
Outfielder Trayce Thompson, one of the Sox’s brightest prospects now playing at Class AA Birmingham, gave his Dad quite a Father’s Day gift yesterday by belting two home runs and driving in five runs in the Barons’ 9-8 win over Jackson. Trayce’s father, by the way, is former NBA star Mychal Thompson, who was listening to the game. The younger Thompson has been red-hot recently and as a result was named the Southern League Hitter of the Week (June 10-16), batting .435 with three homers, nine RBI and five runs scored.
White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10, CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Dylan Axelrod (3-4, 4.26) for the Sox, RHP Mike Pelfrey (3-6, 6.12) for Minnesota.
Did You Know…
…that Gordon Beckham is hitting .378 with three doubles, two RBI and six runs scored over his last 10 games?
Photo of the Day
Yep, that’s Chris Sale holding court with a group of enthusiastic youngsters during his recent visit to Ronald McDonald House.
The Bulls and White Sox support of Youth Guidance, specifically the organization’s B.A.M. (Becoming A Man™) – Sports Edition program, is part of the teams’ shared commitment to violence prevention in the city of Chicago. The special PSA videos launched today, in advance of summer vacation, feature “discussion sessions” with young men from B.A.M. programs at Hyde Park Academy and Little Village Academy, as they engage with Bulls players Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson, along with White Sox executive vice president Ken Williams, respectively.
To view the videos, go to whitesox.com/community.
I had the opportunity earlier today to attend the unveiling of the “White Sox Family Field rooftop” at the downtown Chicago Ronald McDonald House along with Jerry Reinsdorf, Howard Pizer, Christine O’Reilly, Chris Sale, Jesse Crain and Gavin Floyd (it might tell you something about Gavin to hear that he stopped by the ballpark last night and when he heard about the event, asked to attend along with his wife).
This Ronald McDonald House is the largest in the world, featuring 86 rooms, and serves as a home-away-from-home for families and outpatients undergoing treatment at Children’s Hospital downtown. The rooftop provides kids with a place to play outside on a small-scale U.S. Cellular Field (heavy on Southpaw graphics).
Visiting with families and kids certainly put a perspective on things, and seeing the year-old facility was awesome. Here are Floyd, Sale and Crain talking with a youngster (top) and a look at the replica field:
On the elevator ride up to the roof, Jerry Reinsdorf joked with Jesse Crain that we needed to get a two-run lead for the ace reliever to give him a little breathing room.
“Why?” Chris Sale piped in. “What difference would it make. No one scores off him anyway.”
The facility features a very cool kaleidoscopic sculpture that you can make move by cranking a wheel. Sale couldn’t stop and didn’t want to leave the kids. All three players gave their uniform tops to children (so we might need a nifty move by clubhouse manager Vince Fresso by game time!)
As they planned out the event, folks from the House asked the players to help a four-year-old throw out the “first pitch” and then have him “hit” a pitch and run the bases.
They asked Floyd to throw the pitch with the kid. “Me?” Gavin laughed, pointing to the large brace on his arm. “As long as it’s underhand!”
“Don’t have Crain pitch to the kid,” Sale said. “He won’t get a hit.”
Speaking of Jesse
Saturday, May 18, 2013
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim (3:05 p.m., CT, FOX). Starters: Hector Santiago (1-2) for the Sox, Joe Blanton (0-7) for L.A.
The Sox are now 4-1 on their seven-game road trip and looking for their fifth straight win.
Sox Starting Lineup: Wise, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn, 1B; Konerko, DH; Gillaspie, 3B; Viciedo, LF; Gimenez, C; Greene, 2B.
RHP Deunte Heath was optioned to Class AAA Charlotte after last night’s game and LHP Donnie Veal was recalled today to replace him on the 25-man roster. Veal pitched 8.0 scoreless innings over four games with the Knights after being optioned on May 1.
The Sox will be wearing camouflage caps today, Armed Forces Day, and Memorial Day vs. the Cubs to honor our troops. The jerseys also have a touch of camo in the script Chicago on the front and in the name and number on the back.
Play of the Day
The Chris Sale Show: Chris won his fifth game of the season last night, tossing a three-hit shutout along with 12 strikeouts over 7.2 innings in the 3-0 Sox victory–his second masterpiece against the Angels in a week. Including last Sunday night’s gem, Sale worked 16.2 IP, allowing no runs, four hits, three walks, 19 K’s and held the Halos to four hits in 53 at bats in the two games. He now has a career 0.38 ERA vs. L.A. and improved to 10-0 lifetime against the A.L. West. Additionally, he has recorded 23 straight scoreless innings, the longest by a Sox starter since Mark Buehrle’s 24.2 IP in 2001.
Here’s a glimpse of Chris from last night’s outing: http://atmlb.com/Z2D0TH
Jesse Crain made his 16th consecutive scoreless appearance last night in relief of Sale and Addison Reed earned his 14th save.
Quote(s) of the Day
Robin on Sale:
“He’s good, we know that…This is probably the best two games that he’s had (as far as) velocity and control..He’s growing into being the guy and going out there and proving it. You go through a team a second time–their lineup is tough enough even going through it once–then you do it back-to-back in a week, it’s a feather in his cap. It just proves how good he is. He wants to get better, he wants to be in that elite group. He’s proving it.”
RV on Alex Rios having an All-Star caliber year. Alex has smashed go-ahead homers each of the last two nights, giving him a total of 10, and has now hit in 12 consecutive games:
“He (was outstanding) last year. This is nothing new for us as far as him doing a lot of different things…Power-wise, getting on base, stealing bases, playing the outfield…he has a lot of talent. We know it, I think other people are starting to see it.”
The skipper on Conor Gillaspie, who drove in the second Sox run of the game in the seventh with a clutch, two-out single and is now hitting .295:
“He just makes good contact, he has a pretty simple approach. It was a big hit for us.”
White Sox vs. Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim (3:35 p.m. CT, CSN). Starters: Jake Peavy (5-1) for the Sox, Jason Vargas (2-3) for Los Angeles.
Did You Know…
…that the White Sox now lead the American League in ERA (3.41)?
Photo/Video of the Day
Adam Dunn has hit four homers in the last four games and 10 on the season. Here’s his ninth-inning solo shot last night.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Saturday, May 11, 2013
White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: Jose Quintana (2-0) for the Sox, Jerome Williams (1-1) for L.A.
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Konerko, DH; Dunn, 1B; Viciedo, LF; Keppinger, 3B; Flowers, C; Greene, 2B.
A victory tonight will give RV his 100th win as manager of the Sox.
Ron Kittle, the 1983 American League Rookie of the Year, will be the next member of the ’83 “Winning Ugly” Sox to throw out the ceremonial first pitch during our season-long Sunday tribute to the A.L. West championship team. Kitty will do the honors tomorrow night before the nationally televised game vs. the Angels on ESPN.
The White Sox Volunteer Corps along with Sox players Alex Rios and Matt Thornton, pitching coach Don Cooper and broadcaster Darrin Jackson were out in full force today at the Park Manor Elementary School in Chicago. Here’s Alex, Matt and two volunteers doing their part to beautify the school.
Quote of the Day
Sox GM Rick Hahn on the club’s early season performance. The bottom line? Keep the faith:
“We did feel going into the season that starting pitching was going to be one of our strengths and thus far it’s been tested, but it’s also been proven to be one of the strengths, which is nice…We have been disappointed the way things have started from an offensive standpoint and even defensively has been a little bit erratic and not up to the standards we set last year. That being said, we do have a fair amount of guys with some substantial track records behind them which gives you reason to believe that there will be some improvement back toward those career norms. We are talking about a team that last year was fourth in the league in runs scored and there’s no reason to believe that this permutation of that team with some improvements in some areas and a lot of the same personnel in others is going to wind up at the bottom of the league in runs scored. So we expect there to be a correction fairly soon, but thus far it’s been disappointing and it’s time to get going.
“…You always want to make sure you’re doing everything you can to try to push that magic button and make that move that’s going to solve whatever problem may be in front of you, whether it’s a health standpoint, or depth or the bench or as we just talked about, our offense. You do have to try to let things unfold and give guys the chance to show their true colors and their true performance levels over an extended period of time. Obviously you don’t wait for that indefinitely and you don’t spend the whole summer just waiting around and hoping that things are going to get better. But this early on there’s still the expectation that guys are going to return to their previous norms.”
Play of the Day
Dayan Viciedo’s two-run double in last night’s 7-5 loss to the Angels, his first game back since returning from the DL.
White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (7:05 p.m., CT, ESPN). Chris Sale (3-2) for the Sox, C.J. Wilson (3-2) for the Halos.
Did You Know…
…that White Sox starters own a fine 2.78 ERA during the last 20 games?
Photo/Video of the Day
In last night’s game, Alejandro De Aza gave the Sox an early lead with his second consecutive leadoff home run and his seventh homer of the season.