A Strikeout Record, A Near-Cycle and a Rookie’s First Homer Highlight Sox Victory
Sunday, October 1, 2016
Last Night’s Highlights
Carlos Rodon tied both an American League and White Sox record by striking out the first seven batters he faced and finished with 10 Ks for his ninth victory as the host Sox defeated the Twins, 7-3, in the opener of the season’s final series. The triumph was bolstered by three homers, a triple, three doubles and 12 hits in all.
The Good Guys have won six of seven and 12 of their last 17 at home.
Rodon allowed just two earned runs, three hits and three walks along with his double digit strikeout total. He tied the mark held by former Sox pitcher Joe Cowley, who accomplished the feat in 1986. Dating back to his last start, when he struck out the side in his final inning of work vs. the Indians, Rodon fanned 10 consecutive batters. The last major-league pitcher to strike out 10 in a row was Eric Gagne of the Dodgers in 2003.
The record-tying seven straight strikeouts.
Tim Anderson was a double shy of the cycle with a triple, homer and single. He is 9 for 18 (.500) with two doubles, two triples, two home runs, five RBI and five runs scored over his last four games. Omar Narvaez hit his first big-league home run and Melky Cabrera collected a pair of doubles and a single with two RBI, giving him 84. Melky’s 42 doubles in 2016 is the most for a Sox player since Magglio Ordonez‘s 46 in 2003. Jose Abreu drove in his 99th run with his 32nd double.
Nate Jones and Tommy Kahnle were stellar in relief.
The Anderson and Narvaez homers:
White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the penultimate game of the season. Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields (6-18, 5.82) for the Sox, LHP Hector Santiago (12-10, 4.87) for Minny.
Quotes of the Day
–Rodon’s thoughts after his superb performance:
“[Pitching coach Don Cooper] told me one thing a long time ago–well, last year wasn’t that long of a time ago but–you’re going to take lumps, you’re going to give lumps, it’s all a learning process. Eventually at the end of the day hopefully you’ll turn into something great.”
–Anderson on shooting for the cycle:
“For sure, I wanted to hit a double. I did it in Double-A (hit for the cycle). When everything is clicking for you, I feel real great, but (the pitch) just kind of got in on me.”
–Narvaez on hitting his first homer with his Dad, celebrating a birthday, in the stands:
“It’s a very special gift for my dad. That’s what I was thinking as I was running the bases. It’s the best thing I could do.”
White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (2:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the series and season finale. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (17-9, 3.21) for the Sox, RHP Jose Berrios (2-7, 8.61) for the Twins.
Does 1972 Sox MVP Dick Allen Belong in the Hall of Fame?
Photo of the Day
Instructional League play is underway for Sox prospects at Camelback Ranch-Glendale in Arizona.