Chicago White Sox: Juan Pizarro
July, 4, 2014
By Doug Padilla
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.