On Sunday afternoon, Sierra made his former team pay for letting him go after his 2-for-35 start to the season at the plate.
Sierra unloaded on a pitch from former White Sox fan-favorite Mark Buerhle in the fourth inning to give the White Sox a 2-0 lead that stood for a while as the insurance run in the 4-0 victory.
Four runs was all the offense that Sox starter Jose Quintana needed. In seven innings of work, Quintana only gave up three hits, walked two and struck out seven on 114 pitches (73 strikes).
“He attacked the zone, and if he can get ahead and stay there and mix speeds like he did today, he’s tough. He was moving it around both sides of the plate and Mark was doing the same thing. He was just as good.”
-Robin Ventura on Jose Quintana, CSNChicago.com
Erik Surkamp and Jake Petricka helped Quintana finish off the first shutout of the season for the White Sox pitching staff. Coming into Sunday, the Sox were the only team in baseball without a shutout victory.
In the third inning, Jose Abreu extended his career-long hitting streak to 14 games with an RBI single to give the Sox a 1-0 lead. In his last 14 games, Abreu has raised his batting average from .265 to .279 and raised his OPS from .923 to .953.
The Good Guys come home for a three-game set with Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels after going 4-7 on their recent 11-game road trip. Hector Noesi will get the ball for the Sox on Monday night. Los Angeles will send right-hander Garrett Richards to the mound. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 CT.
White Sox Notes:
- After being shutout by Toronto on Thursday night, the Sox bats woke up. In the final three games of the series, the Good Guys scored 13 runs. The Sox are 8th in the majors with 354 runs scored this season.