Sunday, April 19, 2015
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park, Detroit (12:08 p.m., CT, CSN) as we go for the series win today before heading home. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana for the Sox, RHP Shane Greene for Detroit.
Quintana (1-0, 4.09) makes his third start of the year. He earned his first win on April 14 vs. the Indians, giving up just one run on three hits in six innings.
Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Cabrera LF, Abreu 1B, LaRoche DH, Garcia RF, Gillaspie 3B, Ramirez SS, Flowers C, Johnson 2B
White Sox 12 17 1
Tigers 3 7 0
The Sox broke out in a huge way at Comerica, led by the 2-3-4 hitters…No. 4 Adam LaRoche smashed a three-run homer in the third inning, his third HR of the season, and went 3-5 with four RBI…In a seven-run fourth, No. 3 Jose Abreu followed LaRoche’s example with a grand slam, his third HR of the year, and he also went 3-5…No. 2 Melky Cabrera set the table with a double and three singles, two runs scored and drove in a pair of runs to boot…Alexei Ramirez and Conor Gillaspie added a ribbie each and Micah Johnson reached base three times on an infield single and a pair of walks while scoring twice…Chris Sale earned the win with six strong innings of work, allowing just two runs, four hits and a lone walk along with six strikeouts. He’s now 2-0 after winning his first two decisions, with a 2.25 ERA…Zach Putnam pitched a perfect seventh.
Enjoy the LaRoche bomb and the seven-run fourth inning, which included Abreu’s slam:
Quote of the Day
Sale on yesterday’s offensive outburst:
“These are the guys we knew we had the whole time. I don’t now what I did for Rochie (LaRoche), but every time I pitch he’s hitting homers. And we know what we have in Abreu. That home run was the difference maker. He opened the game up.
“It really takes all the pressure off. You still have to perform and get through it. I don’t think I’ve ever seen 12 runs before. It was impressive.
“After that tough loss (the day before) it’s nice to come here and get that deep breath, exhale a little bit and here we go.”
And here’s a look at Chris’ performance.
White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WPWR) in the opener of a three-game series and seven-game homestand that concludes with four vs. the Royals. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks for the Sox, LHP Carlos Carrasco for the Tribe.
Carlos Sanchez continued his hot hitting last night in Class AAA Charlotte’s 6-2 win on the road at Gwinnett, the Knights’ fourth straight triumph. He pounded out a pair of doubles and a single with an RBI to raise his batting average to .485 and sizzling OPS to 1.106…Matt Davidson hit a two-run homer, Trayce Thompson singled and is now batting .385 with a .995 OPS and Erik Johnson (2-0) got credit for the win…Jake Petricka, on a rehab assignment, pitched a scoreless inning…Class AA affiliate Birmingham split a twin bill in Chattanooga last night, winning the opener 11-5 before dropping a 1-0 decision in the nightcap…In the first-game victory, Courtney Hawkins hit his third home run in four games and Tyler Danish was the winning pitcher.
Bulls Draw First Blood, Blackhawks Look to Take Lead
Congrats to our brother Bulls for their convincing win last night over the Bucks at the United Center in Game 1 of their best-of-seven NBA playoff series. Game 2 is set for Monday night at the UC. The Hawks aim to go up two games to one over the Predators in their best-of-seven NHL series at home this afternoon.
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…
In Game 11 on April 16 at U.S. Cellular Field, Paul Konerko‘s second and seventh inning solo homers proved to be the only offense needed in the Sox’ 2-1 victory over the Mariners. Mark Buehrle was at his best, throwing a complete game and giving up just one run on three hits with 12 strikeouts in winning his second game of the season. The first-place Sox moved to 8-3 on the season.
Photo of the Day
The Sox bonded before yesterday’s game (top photo) and it must have worked as a celebration ensued after the big win.