Red, white and blue … and Gillaspie.
White Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie had quite a Memorial Day. In Chicago’s 6-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Monday afternoon, Gillaspie went 4-for-4 with three doubles at the plate.
Throw in a big three-run blast from Dayan Viciedo and White Sox won their fifth game over the Tribe in eight tries this season.
In four at-bats, Gillaspie saw the least amount of pitches by any Sox hitter on Monday (8). Gillaspie’s three-double game was the first for a White Sox player since May 26, 2012 … when Paul Konerko hit a trio of doubles in a game against Cleveland.
In his last 42 at-bats, Conor Gillaspie is hitting a sizzling 18-for-42 (.428) with five doubles (three of them today). On the year, Gillaspie is hitting .352 in 32 games played.
Gillaspie’s big day gave Jose Quintana all the support he needed to pick up his third win of 2014. In his ninth quality start of the year, Quintana went six innings, gave up two earned runs on five hits, walked two and struck out five on 107 pitches.
The Sox and Indians slug it out again on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field. The Good Guys will send ace Chris Sale to the hill to oppose right-hander Justin Masterson. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 CT.
White Sox Notes:
- After going 2-17 against Cleveland in 2013, the Sox are now 5-3 against the Tribe in 2014.
- Scott Downs picked up his first save since 2012 with a four-out save. Downs picked up a huge out with a bases-loaded strikeout of Cleveland pinch-hitter David Murphy in the eighth inning.
- Tyler Flowers was ejected in the fourth inning for arguing balls and strikes. The story behind the ejection actually began with Alejandro De Aza‘s strikeout in the previous at-bat. De Aza was furious with umpire Ron Kulpa’s strike zone. Sox manager Robin Ventura saved De Aza from an ejection, but only delayed the inevitable.
Jose Abreu Update:
Super slugger Jose Abreu walked around the White Sox clubhouse without a walking boot on his injured ankle.
Abreu’s workout before Monday’s game included 25-30 ground balls, 30 balls off the tee and 10 minutes of playing catch. Abreu is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list on June 2nd, when the Sox are in Los Angeles for a series with the Dodgers.