Put it in the Books: Sox Return Home and Win Third Straight
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Last Night’s Highlights
Justin Morneau (6) and Carlos Sanchez (3) each blasted a two-run homer and James Shields earned the victory over the Rays with an outstanding performance as the White Sox won their third consecutive game with a 7-1 triumph.
Morneau drove in three on the night with a pair of hits, Sanchez collected the two runs batted in and two hits and Jose Abreu and Omar Narvaez had one RBI each with a pair of hits. Abreu crept closer to the 100 mark, delivering RBI No. 98.
Shields, who won his sixth game of the season, gave up a lone run, seven hits and a pair of walks along with six strikeouts.
The Morneau and Sanchez homers:
Tonight’s Game: Sale Seeks No. 17
White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN+) in the second contest of the four-game series and seven-game homestand that continues with three vs. the Twins–concluding the regular season. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (16-9, 3.19) for the Sox, RHP Alex Cobb (1-1, 6.16) for the Rays.
Home Runs and Stolen Bases Mix for Todd Frazier
Frazier stole another base last night for his 15th–after the above story was written.
Quote of the Day
Tomorrow (7:10 p.m. CT, WGN). Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (4-8, 3.98) for the Sox, LHP Blake Snell (6-8, 3.65) for Tampa Bay.
Thursday (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (13-11, 3.21) for the Sox, RHP Chris Archer (8-19, 4.02) for the Rays.
Sox Notes of Note
—The White Sox have won nine of their last 13 and 18 of 27 at U.S. Cellular Field. The Sox are 42-33 at home this season.
–Melky Cabrera hit his 40th double of the season, recording 40 or more doubles for the second time in his career. He became the first Sox player to deliver 40 or more two-base hits since Jermaine Dye (41) in 2008. Melky also is hitting .323 with nine doubles, four home runs, 20 RBI and 14 runs scored in September.
—Frazier extended his hitting streak to a season-high 10 games. He’s batting .395 with four doubles, three homers and 11 runs scored during that span.
—Abreu is batting .378 with seven homers and 25 RBI over his last 25 games.
—Sanchez is hitting .327 with five doubles, three home runs, 15 RBI and eight runs scored over 15 September games.
—Morneau is batting .304 with 15 doubles, two triples, 12 home runs and 39 RBI in 56 career games against Tampa Bay.
Photo of the Day
A moment of silence last night for the Marlins’ Jose Fernandez.