Walk-Off Sunday Sets Stage for Sox-Cubs Week
Monday, July 25, 2016
It’s that time again. The White Sox and Cubs clash in the annual Crosstown Cup series this week, with games at U.S. Cellular Field tonight and tomorrow night and at Wrigley Field on Wednesday and Thursday nights.
The two teams split six games in 2015 with each club winning two of three at the opposing ballpark. The Sox lead the all-time series, 55-49. They are 28-24 at home and 27-25 at Wrigley.
The Tale of the Tape:
Tonight at USCF (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN): Starting Pitchers — RHP Miguel Gonzalez (2-5, 4.41) for the Sox, RHP Jake Arrieta (12-4, 2.60) for the Cubs.
Tomorrow Night at USCF (6:10 p.m. CT, WGN/ESPN). Starting Pitchers — RHP James Shields (4-12, 4.99) for the Sox, RHP Kyle Hendricks (9-6, 2.27) for the Cubs.
Wednesday Night at Wrigley (7:05 p.m. CT, CSN/ESPN). Starting Pitchers — RHP Jacob Turner (0-1, 14.73) for the Sox, RHP Jason Hammel (9-5, 3.36) for the Cubs.
Thursday Night at Wrigley (7:05 p.m. CT, WGN). Starting Pitchers: TBA for the Sox, RHP John Lackey (7-6, 3.75) for the Cubs.
Adam Eaton singled home Avi Garcia in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Sox nipped the Tigers, 4-3, in walk-off fashion in the continuation of Saturday night’s game that was suspended due to rain (click on top link below).
Because Chris Sale was scratched from his start on Saturday, six regular relievers–Matt Albers (2.0 IP), who started the game, Dan Jennings (2.0), Tommy Kahnle (2.0), Zach Duke (1.0), Nate Jones (0.2) and David Robertson (1.1)–combined for the win with Robertson earning his first victory of the season with a scoreless inning in advance of the game-winner.
In addition to scoring the winning run after reaching on an infield single and stealing second, Avi Garcia drove in a pair of runs with a homer (6), a solo shot (click on bottom link), and a sac fly. Dioner Navarro doubled in a run.
Regularly Scheduled Game
The second verse is the same as the first (almost).
While Eaton’s walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth won the suspended game, Adam walked and eventually scored the winning run on a Melky Cabrera walk-off single in the regularly scheduled contest as the Sox defeated the Tigers, 5-4 (click on top link below). And while David Robertson earned his first win in the suspended game with a scoreless performance, he got the victory in the nightcap despite surrendering the lead in the top of the ninth.
Eaton also provided the power as he belted his sixth home run of the season in the second inning, a three-run blast, that gave the Sox a 4-0 lead (click on middle link).
If it weren’t for four late Detroit homers off Nate Jones and Robertson that tied the score, the headline story would have been Jose Quintana‘s great performance (click on bottom link). Q was his usual stellar self, with 6.2 scoreless innings. He allowed just three hits and lowered his ERA to 2.97. In the past four games he’s gone 3-0 with a 2.10 ERA and 20 strikeouts.
Adam and Melky
Eaton is batting .309 over his last 35 games. Cabrera recorded his 15th career walk-off and extended his hitting streak to nine games, batting .368 with two doubles, a triple, a homer and three RBI during that span.
Quote of the Day
Eaton on the Sox surrendering the lead in the top of the ninth in Game 2 and coming back to win:
“Baseball is funny like that. It will beat you down, but then it will build you back up. It’s a love-hate relationship, for sure. To have two walk-off wins, especially to get two wins off a great opponent like Detroit, and for them to be walk-offs, is huge for us.”
Comings and Goings
Carlos Rodon begins a rehab assignment today with Class AAA Charlotte…RHP Anthony Ranaudo has been recalled from the Knights, replacing Chris Sale on the 25-man roster. As announced yesterday, Sale was suspended for five games due to the clubhouse incident on Saturday night…Carlos Sanchez, who was called up to be the 26th man for the two Sunday contests, was returned to Charlotte after the game.
Sox Notes of Note
The White Sox recorded their third and fourth walk-offs of the season, the first time a Sox team has recorded two walk-off wins in the same day since October 3, 1991 vs. the Twins (Matt Merullo and Warren Newson each singled). The last time a major-league team had two walk-offs in the same day was May 28, 2004 in the Pirates’ win over the Cubs.
Photo of the Day
Once the “Top Guns” in the game, White Sox’ great Frank Thomas and Ken Griffey Jr., who played with the Sox briefly in 2008, reunited over the weekend in Cooperstown as Junior joined The Big Hurt in the Baseball Hall of Fame.