During two games in San Francisco during the previous week, the Chicago White Sox offense mustered just four runs on 10 hits in a two-game series split against the Giants.
Apparently, a trip home was exactly what the White Sox offense needed.
In a three-game set with the Toronto Blue Jays over this past weekend, the White Sox offense pounded Blue Jay pitching for 21 runs over the three games (two of them were White Sox victories).
White Sox in 19 innings vs. San Fran this week: 4 runs. White Sox in the first inning tonight vs. Toronto: 5 runs.
— Mike Whitlow (@MAWhitlow) August 16, 2014
On Friday evening, the White Sox used a pair of five-run innings to jolt themselves to an 11-5 win. The crazy statistic about the victory was that the Sox scored 11 runs on 16 hits … and that’s with no baseballs leaving the yard offensively.
Saturday marked the return of long-time White Sox left-hander Mark Buerhle (along with a mini-appearance from a new Hall of Famer).
29,420 in the house for White Sox, Buehrle and Frank Thomas bobbleheads.
— Doug Padilla (@ESPNChiSox) August 17, 2014
Buerhle didn’t have one of his better outings of the year on Saturday, going 5 1/3 innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, while striking out three.
Although the White Sox offense drilled 10 hits, they went 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position, while the bullpen gave up three runs on six hits in the 6-3 loss.
In the rubber match on Sunday afternoon, the White Sox offense exploded for six runs in the bottom half of the first inning and hung on for a 7-5 win.
Behind two first-inning home runs from Conor Gillaspie and Jordan Danks, the White Sox improved to 59-65 on the season, 9 1/2 games out of first place in the American Central and 8 1/2 out of the final Wild Card spot.
The Good Guys move on to a three-game series to close out their six-game home-stand against another AL East division opponent: the Baltimore Orioles. White Sox ace Chris Sale (10-2, 2.01 ERA) will get the start on Monday night. Baltimore sends 10-game winner Bud Norris to the hill. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 CT.
White Sox Notes:
- Jose Abreu hasn’t homered since July 29th against the Detroit Tigers. In that 17-game homerless drought, Abreu is still hitting .350 with a .443 on-base percentage. Abreu’s current slash line sits at .305/.362/.596.
- Before Saturday’s game, the top pick of the White Sox from this year’s draft, Carlos Rodon, was called up to the Charlotte Knights, the Triple-A affiliate of the Sox. Our friends over at Southside Showdown mentioned Rodon will make his AAA debut for the Knights on Tuesday night.
- Avisail Garcia made his surprising return to the White Sox lineup on Saturday night. Garcia missed the last 114 games of the MLB season with a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder. Garcia rehabbed for 13 games with the Charlotte Knights before being recalled.