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Rapid Reaction: White Sox 6, Tigers 3

August, 30, 2014
8/30/14
3:06
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
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CHICAGO -- The White Sox rolled to a 6-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers in the first game of Saturday’s day/night doubleheader.

How it happened: Chris Sale recovered nicely after giving up two home runs in the first inning to strike out a season high 13. The White Sox’s offense was there to pick up its starter scoring six runs against Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, who gave up nine hits over 6 2/3 innings while striking out 11. Adam Dunn and Tyler Flowers hit home runs off the right-hander. Jose Abreu had three hits for the second consecutive game and third time in his last four games.

What it means: Just when it looked like the strains of a long season were getting to Sale, he kicked it into high gear with his 13 strikeouts. Sale’s ERA rose slightly to 2.11 after giving up three runs over seven innings, but he still leads the American League. The Mariners’ Felix Hernandez is next in the ERA race at 2.23. Sale tied Ed Walsh’s White Sox record with his 17th double-digit strikeout game. Walsh set his mark in his 288th start, while Sale was in his 81st.

Outside the box: It’s just another blistering hot run at the plate for Abreu, who is on a 10-game hitting streak. Over those 10 games, Abreu is batting .528 (19-for-36). He was in the lineup for the first game of the doubleheader as the designated hitter after he appeared to experience leg discomfort Friday night. Manager Robin Ventura only would only say Abreu is “just tired” from the long season. Abreu's season batting average is up to .320.

Off beat: Adam Eaton found himself a little turned around in the third inning when he tried to steal third base. Eaton was off on the pitch and about to dive into third when Alexei Ramirez crushed a pitch into the outfield. Eaton got up, took one step toward home plate, started to go back to second and then saw the ball bounce into the stands for a ground-rule double allowing him to turn around and score easily.

Up next: In a ball of first-time major league starters, the White Sox will send right-hander Chris Bassitt to the mound in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader against Tigers left-hander Kyle Ryan in the 6:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.

Rapid Reaction: White Sox 7, Mariners 1

July, 4, 2014
7/04/14
8:44
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
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CHICAGO – The Chicago White Sox cruised 7-1 in the opener of a three-game series Friday against the Seattle Mariners.

How it happened: Jose Abreu and Paul Konerko hit two-run home runs and Dayan Viciedo added a solo shot to pace the offense. Staff ace Chris Sale was dominating, striking out 12 and giving up six hits in the complete game. He threw 112 pitches. The Mariners did not advance a runner past second base until there was one out in the ninth inning. The White Sox have won five of their past seven games, with the two defeats coming in Tuesday’s doubleheader.

What it means: Abreu not only hit his 27th home run Friday, he also extended his hitting streak to 18 games, the longest active such streak in the majors. The last White Sox rookie to hit in 18 consecutive games was Pete Ward in 1963. The home run put him in the big league lead.

Outside the box: Sale reached double digits in strikeouts for the 14th time in his career. That total is third in franchise history behind the 15 recorded by Juan Pizarro and the 17 from Ed Walsh. The complete game was just the second for the White Sox this season, both from Sale. He now has seven complete games in his career.

Off beat: Talk about a full day’s work on the holiday. Viciedo not only clubbed his 10th home run, but also went 4-for-4 on the afternoon. He threw out a runner at second base, too. The hits were a welcome sight since Viciedo entered with just 17 hits over his previous 107 at-bats (.159). He had been batting .197 (42-for-213) since May 1.

Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander Jose Quintana (5-7, 3.44 ERA) to the mound Saturday. The Mariners will counter with right-hander Felix Hernandez (10-2, 2.10) in a 1:10 p.m. CT start from U.S. Cellular Field.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Chris Sale
WINS ERA SO IP
12 2.17 208 174
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Abreu .317
HRJ. Abreu 36
RBIJ. Abreu 107
RA. Ramirez 82
OPSJ. Abreu .964
ERAC. Sale 2.17
SOC. Sale 208