June 2014

White Sox Closing Game with Toronto Blue Jays

10455865_10153027994313298_6104057820344403045_nThe White Sox were looking to sweep the series with the Blue Jays, sent young gun Jose Quintana with an ERA of 3,44 against the the experienced and former Sox pitcher, Mark Buehrle, who was carrying an ERA of 2.50 and a win – loss record of 10 and 5

Quintana was going to need everything working in his arsenal if he was even going to hold his own with the world series experienced pitcher in Buehrle. Quintana would go 7 complete innings allowing only 3 hits with 7 strikeouts. Eric Surkamp and Jake Petricka would join Quintana on the mound. each taking one complete inning to close out the game.

The offense was favoring the Sox today when in the top of the third inning, Gordon Beckham hit a ground ruled double to right center. Jose Abreu hit a single to left, getting Beckham home, for a 1 – 0 Sox lead.

Moises Sierra hit his second home run of the year taking the lead to 2 – 0 in the Sox favor.

It wasn’t until the top of the ninth that the Sox added runs three and four when, Alexei Ramirez opened the inning with a fly out to left, Paul Konerko was given a free pass on base, Sierra’s double to left, moved Konerko to third, Tyler Flowers single, got both Sierra and Konerko home for a 4 – 0 lead.

Surkamp came on in the ninth inning to close down the final attempt by the Jays to get any runs on the board.

Chicago closes this road trip with a three game series with the L.A Angels. The probable starters include: Hector Noesi for game one, Scott Carroll for game two and John Danks will close the series. The Sox have a day off before opening a 4th of July  home stand with the Seattle Mariners.

 

 

Game with with Toronto – Viciedo Hits Home Run #8 on the Season

mlb_u_garcia11_576After a close call yesterday the White Sox would send to the mound for game three their ace Chris Sale go up against Marcus Stroman for the Jays. With the disaster in the closer ranks yesterday it would be interesting to see what Robin Ventura would do to shake things up and hopefully take a win out.

Joining Sale in on the pitching staff today was, Javy Guerra, Eric Surkamp in middle relief and Zach Putnam got the tap on the shoulder for closing duties.

Adam Eaton returned to the line up after a much-needed rest day. He was joined by Gordon Beckham, Jose Abreu, Adam Dunn, Dayan Viciedo, Alejandro De Aza, Tyler Flowers and Leury Garcia at short stop giving Alexei Ramirez a break.

The Blue Jays opened the scoring in the home half of the fourth when, Colby, Rasmus walked, Darin Mastroianni home run  to center, would give then the lead at 2 – 0.

The Sox would take the lead in the top of the seventh when, Abreu would get on base thanks to a double deep to center, Dunn was gifted a trip to first by way of a walk. Viciedo would hit home run number eight for the season, giving the Sox a one run lead at 3 – 2 at the close of the inning.

The top of the eighth inning would see the last of the scoring for the day when, with two outs Eaton would reach on an infield single. Beckham would get his own single moving Eaton to second, Ramirez would come in and bat for Conor Gillaspie, Ramirez single would bring Eaton home for a 4 – 2 lead, Abreu would close the inning grounding to short.

The Jays to pull out a ninth inning victory but would only add one more run when, A.Gose would double to left, Munenori Kawasaki singled to center, getting  Gose home to cut the Sox lead to 4 – 3. Edwin Encarnacion would ground into fielder’s choice to short, forcing  Jose Reyes out at second to close the game.

Final Score of the game White Sox 4 and the Jays – 3. The Sox have a 2 to 1 game lead in the series. Jose Quintana goes up against former Sox pitch Mark Buehrle.

**In other news

When Alexei Ramirez, Dayan Viciedo and Jose Abreu homered in Fridays game, They became the first trio of Cuban team mates to perform that feat in MLB history

 

Update on Avisail Garcia

He is doing better than expected at this point. He is throwing the ball well. swinging the bat some to get him loosened up getting those muscles working again. They do have Avi traveling with them on the road. Robin said depending on things he could be back in a very limited role but at this point they are going to give him all the time he is needed. They may send him for winter ball so he can get some game time in because of not playing for so long, so the time he reports for training next February is should be good to go

Game 2 with the Blue Jays. Viciedo and Abreu with Homers.

69593_10152343179216162_1889216170_nAfter a disappointing shut out in-game one the White Sox were determined to bounce back sending John Danks to the mound against R.A Dickey

With Adam Eaton out of the line up , Leury Garcia took over in at the top of the order, Gordon Beckham, Conor Gillaspie, Jose Abreu, Adam Dunn, Alexei Ramirez, Dayan Viciedo, Alejandro De Aza, Tyler Flowers took to the field today.

Things were pretty quiet during the first the first four innings. Some minor hick ups along the way with one Blue Jay runner being caught at home to keep the game scoreless until the Fifth inning when, for the Sox Abreu stepped up to the plate to unleash home run #24, for the Sox to take a one to nothing lead. Two batters later Viciedo would step up to the plate to match Abreu, with a home run of his own giving the Sox a two to nothing lead.

The bottom of the sixth inning the Jays tied it up with back to back  home runs of their own when, Edwin Encarnacion and  Dioner Navarro both going to left field.

The tie didn’t last long as Abreu smacked home run #25 and took the lead back for the Sox 3 – 2 in the top of the seventh inning. Ramirez not wanting to be left out, with Dunn already on base, added his name to the home run list taking the score, Sox – 5 and the Jays – 2. The only other activity in the seventh inning was pitching changes for both sides, Javy Guerra and Aaron Loup for the Jays took over in the mound office.

The top of the eighth inning saw the Sox load the bases with Dunn, Beckham and Abreu but the Jays got out of the inning striking out the side.

The bottom of the ninth saw Ronald Belisario come in to close for the Sox but give up a home run to Colby Rasmus to cut the Sox lead to 5 – 3.  Jake Petricka took over on the mound but, Munenori Kawasaki singled to center and Anthony Gose also reaching on his own single, Adam Lind reached first on an error by Gillaspie, J Reyes hit into a fielder’s choice to get Kawasaki home to cut the Sox lead to one. Melky Cabrera grounded out to second to close the game.

Final Score Sox 5 and the Jays – 4. Tomorrow will have the Jays sending  Marcus Stroman with a record of 4 wins and 2 loses against 6 – 1 Chris Sale.

 

 

 

Jose Abreu and Minnie Minoso – History and History in the Making.

IMG_54102817776935When this photo came across my feed a little while ago, I had to save it and do some reading up on the history of both of these gentlemen. The history of Mr. Minoso and with Jose building his history now I am recited to watch him and what is coming down the road for him.

Minnie was born on November 29, 1925 in Havana, Cuba. He made his major league debut in April of 1949 for the Cleveland Indians. He is only one of two players to play five decades in the majors, and the only player to play in seven decades. He is the last player from the 1940’s to have played a professional game.

Minnie play for only four teams in his MLB career. He started with Cleveland in 1949, 1951 and in 1958 – 1959. He came to the Chicago White Sox in 1951 and staying for 6 years. He was also with the Sox in 1960, 61, 1964, 1976 and 1980. He spent a year in with the St.Louis Cardinals and the Washington Senators.

Other career highlights for Minsos also include 9 – All Start games, 3 – Golden Glove awards, and the ultimate honor by the Chicago White Sox to retire the his Number 9 jersey.

When Chicago played their last game at the old Comiskey Park on September 30, 1990, Minnie  was invited to give the White Sox lineup card to the umpires during  pregame events  at home plate. He did so, wearing the new uniform debuted by the White Sox that day, his familiar number 9 on the back.

2003 saw Minnie return to the Saints and he drew a walk,  becoming the only player to appear professionally in seven different decades. Earlier extensions to his career with the Sox rumored to be  publicity stunts orchestrated respectively by one-time Sox owner Bill Veeck and his son Mike, who at the time had a controlling interest in the team.

Jose Dariel Abreu Correa was born January 29, 1989. He was a first baseman in the Cuban National Series for Cienfuegos before his defection in August of 2013. He was granted free agent status with the MLB and signed with the Sox in October of the same year, his contract is estimated at 68 million dollars over 6 years.

Once getting out of Cuba, Jose headed to the Dominican Republic to establish residency, he has joined fellow Cuban players, Alexei Ramirez, Dayan Viciedo and Adrian Nieto.

March 31, 2014 saw Abreu get his first hit against the Minnesota Twins, the first 2 of his home runs came at Coors field against the Colorado Rockies. Abreu was named as co player of the month for April, who batted .310 and had 5 home runs, with 14 RBI’s

May 18 saw a visit to the disabled list with a sore ankle, now wearing a brace for support, he returned to the line up on June 2, but could not help the Sox win that game as they were defeated by Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers.

When Jose was asked about his choice of number (jersey number 79). He said that his Mother chose it so people would remember it. Abreu’s Mum and the rest of his extended family are still in Cuba.

 

Picture is courtesy of  MLB.com

 

Closing Game with Baltimore Abreu hits #23

Coming off a much-needed win yesterday the White Sox head into game 4 sending Hector Noesi (ERA 5.03) against Ubaldo Jimenez (4.59)

The White Sox are currently 36 – 42 (15 – 24 on the road) and Baltimore is 40 – 36 (17 – 18 at home)

The Sox lined up Adam Eaton, Gordon Beckham, Conor Gillaspie,Jose Abreu, Adam Dunn, Alexei Ramirez, Dayan Viciedo, Alejandro De Aza, Tyler Flowers

The top of the fourth inning, Jose Abreu set off the fireworks hitting home run #23 giving the Sox the early lead 1 – 0.

De Aza opened the top of the fifth inning with a walk, Flowers grounded out moving De Aza to second, Eaton’s triple to deep right got De Aza home for a 2 – 0 Sox lead.

Chicago Added two more runs at the top of the seventh when Viciedo walked, De Aza’s deep right double moved Viciedo to third, Flowers single to deep left brought the boys home for a 4 – 0 Sox lead, Flowers tried to stretch it into a double but was out at second, Eaton kept the rally going with a single to center, Beckham hit into a fielder’s choice at short, Eaton out at second. Brad Branch took over on the mound from Jimenez for Baltimore.

Zach Putnam came on in the top of the eighth inning, with two Orioles on base in relief of Noesi. Putnam got the next two batters to fly out and Scott Downs came on to face Chris Davis. After walking Davis, Downs makes way for Javy Guerra. Who gives up a Grand Slam to tie up the game at 4 runs apiece.

1924784_10203754512445589_8169856087209915222_nThere was a rain delay and the game finally started at the top of the 10th inning. It became a pitchers duel until the bottom of the twelfth inning when on a Daniel Webb wild pitch, David. Lough scored after reaching base by way of coming on for Nick Hundley who had walked.

Final Score was Baltimore 5 and Chicago 4. The Sox hit the road heading North for a series against the Toronto Blue Jays.

 

Chicago White Sox and Baltimore – Games 1 and 2, Abreu hits #22

10494732_10153014759228298_1053079714978300381_nAfter being swept in four at Minnesota, the Sox rolled into Baltimore with hopes of breaking the current losing streak.

Game One – Baltimore  – 6 and Sox – 4

Chris Sale against Wei-Yen Chin

Baltimore got on the board with a home run thanks to Adam Jones with Steve Pearce already on base. Score at the close of the inning 2 – 0 in the Orioles favor.

It was not until the top of the third that the Sox finally got on the board when Adam Eaton got things started with an infield single to short. Gordon Beckham doubled to left moving Eaton to third. Jose Abreu grounded to third bringing Eaton home for the score. Close of inning score, Sox – 1 and Baltimore – 3

Things quieted down until the top of the fifth inning when Abreu hit home run #22 to tie the score at two apiece. The Sox would take the lead on a Conor Gillaspie double to left, bringing Dayan Viciedo home. The Sox took the lead in the top of the seventh when, Tyler Flowers who had led off the inning with a single to left, was brought home by an Abreu’s double to deep left. Score at the close of the inning, Sox lead – 4 to 2 over Baltimore

Caleb Joseph’s bottom of the eighth inning home run cut the Sox led by one to 4 – 3. It looked like the Sox would have this one wrapped up until the bottom of the ninth when Chris Davis, with Pearce and Jones already on base by way of a single to center and Jones hit by a pitch, hit the game winning home run to take the game away by a final score of Orioles – 6 and Sox – 4.

**Game Two

Hoping to snap their losing streak it was going to be a tough game, the Sox would send  Jose Quintana against Miguel Gonzalez for Baltimore

Gordon Beckham started the fireworks with a home run in the top of the first inning for a 1 – 0 lead. Alexei Ramirez with a double to right would get home, thanks to a Alejandro De Aza single to right. The Sox would take the lead to 3 – 0 in the top of the fourth inning when, Viciedo would get on base with a single, De Aza would hit his own single getting Viciedo to third, and Flowers would bring him home on a single of his own.

It was not until the bottom of the 6th inning when Pearce would get Baltimore’s only run by way of a home run to left. The top of the eighth would see the Sox add another run when, Ramirez would single to right and safely steal second. Ramirez would be gifted third base on a passed ball by Caleb Joseph. Ramirez would complete the trip to score thanks to a De Aza hitting into a fielder’s choice to second. Making the score at the close of the inning 4 to 1 in the Sox favor.

The ninth inning would see Baltimore make a final run at a win when, Chris Davis would start things with a single, J.J Hardy would hit into a fielder’s choice to the pitcher,Davis out at second. Manny Machado would get hardy to second on a single. Delmon Young would get a single to center, getting Hardy home, cutting the Sox lead to 4 – 2. Ryan Flaherty would hit into a Rack’em up (double play) to close the game.

Tomorrow is the rubber game in this three game series with Hector Noesi getting the keys to the office for the Sox against Ubaldo Jimenez in the Orioles mound office.

Two Game Series with San Francisco

The White Sox welcomed the San Francisco Giants for a two game series on Tuesday and Wednesday this past week.

Game one saw John Danks take the mound for the Sox, facing Matt Cain for the Giants. Also joining John on the pitching staff for this game was Javy Guerra, Zach Putnam, Daniel Webb. Joining Matt for the Giants was Yusmeiro Petit.

The Giants would open the scoring in the top of the first with Hunter Pence hitting a home run to left center for a 1 -0 lead. The Giants would add another in the top of the third when, Gregor Blanco walked, Pence grounded into a fielder’s choice to third but was safe on base due to an error by Alexei Ramirez, Buster Posey would get Blanco home with a single to left and Pence was held at second. *Score at the close of the inning was 2 – 0 in favor or the Giants.

The Sox tied things up in the bottom of the third inning when, with Adam Eaton already on base by way of a single to right and a safe steal to second, scored on a Gordon Beckham home run to center. *Score at the close of the inning was 2 apiece.

The Sox added three in the bottom of the fourth, when Jose Abreu started things with a single, Ramirez reaching on his own single, moved Abreu to second, Dayan Viciedo’s single loaded the bases. Tyler Flowers walked bringing Abreu home for a 3 – 2 Sox lead. On a throwing error by the Giants short stop Brandon Crawford, both Ramirez and Viciedo were able to get across home plate to take the score in favor of the Sox 5 – 2.

The last of the scoring came in the bottom of the fifth inning for the Sox when, Conor Gillaspie scored on an Adam Dunn single, Viciedo’s homer to left with Dunn on board brought the Sox lead to 8 to 2, which wound up being the final score.

*Game Two

Would see Chris Sale face off against Tim Hudson.

By the close of the fourth inning the Sox would have a 4 – 0 lead. The top of the fifth inning would see the Giants start to mound some offense when, Blanco singled to center, Pence also reached on a single to center. Posey’s single to center would get Blanco home. Pablo Sandoval sacrifice fly to center would get Pence home cutting the Sox lead in half 4 – 2.

Dunn would add three more in the bottom of the fifth inning thanks to a home run to right with Gillaspie and Abreu already on the pond. Gillaspie and Abreu both reached on respective singles to right and center. *Score at the close of the inning 7 – 2 in favor of the Sox.

The Giants added one in the top of the seventh, in the top of the eighth the Giants, starting the run chase again when, Ehire Adrianza started things off with a single to right, Brandon Crawford got a free pass by way of a walk. Blanco’s double to right got Adrianza home for a 7 – 4 Sox lead. Pence grounding to second moved Crawford across home plate, getting the Giants within two at the close of the inning. *Score Sox – 7 and the Giants 5

San Francisco Giants v Chicago White SoxThe top of the ninth would see the Giants fall two runs short when, Sandvol doubled to right, Michael Morse singled to right. Tyler Colvin’s sacrifice fly to left would get Sandvol home but Adrianza would close the game with a fly out to center.

The Sox head out on a road trip to Minnesota, Toronto, and Baltimore.

 

 

Sox News

chicago_white_sox_logoThe White Sox are now heading out on a road trip starting with the Minnesota Twins. Jose Quintana opens the series on Thursday against Yohan Pino. Friday’s listed match up sees Hector Noesi with a 2 and 5 record face off against Ricky Nolasco, his record is 4 and 5 with an ERA of 5.66. Saturday’s listing has Andre Rienzo, ERA is 5.67 with a 4 and 4 record, for the Twins listed is Kevin Correia,who is bringing a 3 and 8 record. Listed closer on Sunday is John Danks with a 6 and 5 record up against Phil Hughes who has a current ERA of 3.09 with a record of 7 and 3.

From Minnesota it is off to Baltimore to visit the Orioles for a three game series, from there they head north to visit Mark Buehrle and the Blue Jay for a four game series to close out the month of June.

The injury list has gotten a bit small but some good news has come through:

Avisail Garcia – as of May 30 there was positive progress and he was starting to play catch as of June 12

Nate Jones – continuing recovery from back  surgery in May. He started to throw on June 9 and again on June 10

Matt Lindstrom – recovering from ankle surgery, which happened in May and could return in August.

Felipe Paulino – was back throwing from Rotator Cuff swelling. He was pulled from his May 27th rehab start due to continued soreness.

World Cup Soccer at The Cell

The Bosses at The Cell gave the boys who were on the field the other day during a practice a nice surprise when they turned on the big screen to show a game from the World Cup in Brazil. The boys got to see the Brazil vs Croatia match.

It was interesting to see the makeup of who the boys have chosen to follow, with the majority of the boys from South America you would think that they would pick their home countries but that was not to be.

Dayan Viciedo has chosen Brazil, Jose Quintana took  Columbia, Javy Guerra is cheering for Mexico, Andre Rienzo is a home country boy taking Brazil, Adam Eaton sticking with the USA, Alexei Ramirez is going with Argentina and the surprise at least for me is, Jose Abreu picking France.

White-Sox_Copa-2014Zach Putnam and Paul Konerko are joining Rienzo choosing Brazil, Alejandro De Aza is pairing up with Quintana and Columbia. Adam Dunn hooking up with Eaton and the USA boys, Scott Carroll has picked the Netherlands, Chris Sale has made the comment that England will leave the queue. Adrian Nieto has taken Spain.

 

 

 

Picture from http://extratime.uol.com.br/rienzo-ver-copa-do-mundo/

 

 

 

 

 

Swept in Three by the Royals

1924784_10203754512445589_8169856087209915222_nThe White sox were swept in their three game series with the Kansas City Royals.

*Game Two on Saturday. Royals – 9 and the Sox – 1

Danny Duffy was the brilliant on the mound for the Royals, Striking out 9 and only allowing one walk.

The fourth inning is where K.C did the most damage scoring 5 run, when Billy Butler started things with a walk, Alex Gordon’s single to left moved Butler to second, Salvador Perez’s singled to center to load up the bases. Lorenzo Cain grounded into a fielder’s choice but Butler and Gordon scored on an error by third baseman Leury Garcia, which allowed Perez to wind up safe at third. Mike Moustakas singled to center,  got Perez home and Cain to second. Norichika Aoki grounded into a double play which got Cain home for the fourth run of the inning. Omar Infante scored the final run when his single got Moustakas home for a 5 – 0 Royals lead.

They would go on to add one run in the top of the eighth inning and finish scoring with three more in the top of the ninth.

The only run the Sox could produce was a Paul Konerko home run in the top of the ninth.

*Game Three on Sunday. Royals – 6 and the Sox – 3

Andre Rienzo was on the mound for the Sox facing James Shields for the Royals

Scoring started in the top of the first with Eric Hosmer hitting a home run, with Infante on base. Adam Eaton answered back scoring one of the Sox runs in the bottom of the inning, after hitting a triple to right, was sent home on a balk by Shields. *Score at the close of the inning was Royals ahead 2 – 1

The top of the third saw Kansas City take the lead to 5 to 1 on a Perez homer to left, with Butler and Gordon already on the pond by way of Butler being hit by a pitch and Gordon walked.

The fourth inning would see the rest of the runs scored when, at the top half, Jarrod Dyson singled to center, getting Moustakas home, taking the scored to 6 to 1 in the Royals favor. The Sox would only be able to add two more runs in the bottom of the same inning when, Alejandro De Aza would hit a double to deep right, which allowed both Adam Dunn and Alexei Ramirez to score. Dunn and Ramirez had both reached on singles.

The Sox now have a much-needed day off before welcoming the San Francisco Giants for a two game series sending John Danks to the mound against Matt Cain for game one and Chris Sale for game two facing off against Tim Hudson.