American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, July 27
(All times eastern)
Chicago White Sox (51-54) at Minnesota Twins (46-57), 2:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Chicago - Scott Carroll (4-6, 4.52)
Minnesota - Yohan Pino (1-3, 4.64)
(SportsNetwork.com) - It was another dominating performance by Chris Sale on
Saturday for the Chicago White Sox in their 7-0 blanking of the Minnesota
Twins and now the visitors try to complete the four-game sweep of the Twins at
Target Field this afternoon.
As a team, Chicago is far from a threat in the American League Central at the
moment, still eight games out of first and three games below .500, but don't
tell that to Sale who moved to 10-1 on the campaign with yet another stellar
performance on Saturday.
Sale, who finished last season with a mark of just 11-14, has been off the
charts in 2014, sporting an ERA of just 1.88 over 16 games. Yesterday the
left-hander allowed a mere five hits and walked two, striking out 12, over the
course of eight innings before giving way to Daniel Webb.
"This team is very voracious in the desire to keep winning, and to keep
getting better," said Sale after registering his 15th career start with at
least 10 strikeouts. "I think we've shown that on a nightly basis coming in
here and working hard, and just never giving up. When things aren't really
going our way, we're still playing and we still come to win."
Offensively, Alexei Ramirez and Tyler Flowers both knocked in a pair of runs,
the former connecting on his 10th home run of the season. Conor Gillaspie
accounted for three of his team's 14 hits and scored twice.
The Chicago lineup knocked around Minnesota starter Logan Darnell, putting up
all seven runs on 10 hits in just five innings. Darnell did manage to fan
seven, but still saw his ERA soar to 7.88 upon exiting.
"It's not really how you picture it," Darnell said. "I started off early
really good, but later in the game the aggressiveness that I knew was going to
come happened and I didn't make good enough pitches with two strikes."
The Twins, occupying the AL Central basement, produced only six hits, two of
those coming from Trevor Plouffe.
Rookie right-hander Scott Carroll will make his way to the mound for the White
Sox this afternoon, seeking to inch closer to .500 on the season.
Carroll's last outing took place on Tuesday against the Kansas City Royals as
he gave up five runs on 11 hits, the second time in the last four outings that
he's allowed double-digit hits. The youngster walked two and struck out three
over s span of five innings.
The Kansas City native faced off against the Twins last month at Target Field,
giving up only two hits ion 3 2/3 innings of a 4-3 setback.
Countering for the Twins will be rookie Yohan Pino, heading to the hill for
just his seventh major league appearance. Earlier this week the undrafted
right-hander went up against the Cleveland Indians at home and ended up
suffering the loss, his third of the season.
Pino allowed four runs on seven hits, striking out five over 6 1/3 innings.
The major league debut for Pino took place last month against this same
Chicago squad, but he failed to earn a decision even though the final result
was a 4-2 victory for Minnesota. Pino made it through seven innings, striking
out seven and allowing just two runs on five hits and a walk in the decision.
07/27 10:25:57 ET