The 25-year-old left-handers are the future of the Chicago White Sox, along with this year’s No. 3 overall draft pick: Carlos Rodon. If the White Sox are to compete for American League Central Division titles and playoff births in the near future, the catalysts will be Chris Sale and Jose Quintana.
White Sox fans got another example of how good Sale and Quintana can be during the past weekend.
Sale was masterful in the 6-3 victory for the White Sox. His seven-inning, 13-strikeout win was the 11th of the season and the 17th time Sale had struck out double-digit hitters in a game. Outside of giving up a pair of home runs to Ian Kinsler and Victor Martinez in the first inning and a single to Torii Hunter, Sale only gave up five hits in the next six innings, while striking out the side in four different innings.
“I expect that out of myself every time out, whether the game dictates it or not,” Sale said about his outing. “I want to be out there for every last inning I can possibly be. I needed to do my part today because my team sure as hell did their part, getting that big homer and just tacking on…I needed to do that because they’re pulling their weight and I needed to pull mine.”
-Chris Sale after his 13-strikeout outing on Saturday afternoon, CSNChicago.com
After three games in two days (the teams split a doubleheader on Saturday), Detroit looked to take the series win on Sunday. Of course, getting through Jose Quintana is no easy task when the Venezuelan left-hander actually receives some run support.
Quintana also went seven innings in his outing on Sunday to pick up his seventh victory of the year. In those seven innings, Quintana allowed just two earned runs on six hits, walked two and struck out three on 109 pitches (70 strikes).
Although four Detroit errors was the main reason the White Sox were able to salvaged a series split, the Sox drilled Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello for 11 hits in his 6 2/3 innings pitched. In the 6-2 win for the Sox, they racked up the six runs on 12 hits and no runs came via the home run.
The Good Guys enjoy an off-day on Labor Day and will move on to a short two-game series against the Minnesota Twins, starting on Tuesday night. Hector Noesi (8-9, 4.75 ERA) will start for the Sox, while Minnesota sends left-hander Tommy Milone to the hill. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 CT.
White Sox Notes:
- During the four-game series, Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 12 games, while hitting 8-for-13 (.615). Abreu raised his batting average from .316 to .320 in the series split. After 122 games into his rookie campaign, Abreu’s slash line sits at .320/.381/.602 with 33 home runs and 99 runs batted in.
- On Saturday night, the Sox traded Alejandro De Aza to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for a pair of minor league pitchers.
- The De Aza trade results: Mark Blackmar, 22, was a 16th-round pick by the Orioles in the 2011 June Amateur Draft from Temple University. Blackmar is 10-1 with a 3.18 ERA for Advanced-A Fredrick in the Baltimore farm system. Miguel Chalas, 22, was a free agent signing by the Orioles in 2010. Chalas is a combined 3-4 with a 4.48 ERA in stints with Advanced-A Fredrick and Triple-A Norfolk in the Balitmore farm system.
- On Sunday, the White Sox parted ways with Adam Dunn and sent him to the Oakland Athletics. The Sox received 23-year-old right-hander Nolan Sanburn from the A’s in the trade. Sanburn was drafted in the 2nd round by Oakland in the 2012 June Amateur Draft out of Arkansas University.