Chicago White Sox crumble the Colorado Rockies, 15-3
Apr 8, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Chicago White Sox shortstopAlexei Ramirez
(10) is congratulated by third base coachJoe McEwing
(47) after hitting a home run during the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The White Sox won 15-3. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
Finally, the Chicago White Sox put together more than a complete game with 19 hits for a 15-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies in the second of their three-game series Tuesday night.
Think about it … the White Sox got 19 hits in a single game. In the words of Ken “Hawk” Harrelson … “Mercy!”
The win puts the White Sox at 4-4 on the season with one game left in Colorado before returning to “The Cell” for a four-game series with the Cleveland Indians.
Now for that masterpiece of a baseball game played by the White Sox on Tuesday at Coors Field.
Can you tell I’m just a tad bit excited over this win, especially following the five-hit, seven-run loss one night earlier?
Apr 8, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Chicago White Sox right fielderAvisail Garcia
(26) hits a home run during the second inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
Marcus Semien and Avisail Garcia each went 4-for-5 with two runs apiece. Garcia added three RBIs, and Semien had two. Of Garcia’s four hits, two were home runs.
In all, the White Sox had seven batters have at least two hits and eight batters get at least one hit as everyone in the starting lineup (except for the pitcher’s spot in the order) had a hit.
You can put THAT on the board!
There were a total of six home runs in the 12-run win by Chicago, with Jose Abreu hitting his first two home runs of his MLB career, finishing the night with five RBIs.
Tyler Flowers continued his blossoming season with a 2-for-4 night, totaling two runs and two RBIs. One of his hits was a home run.
This is the type of win the White Sox have needed for a very long time, especially this early in the season.
Tuesday’s win for the White Sox proves just how much baseball is a day-to-day game. On Monday, it looked like the White Sox had never batted in a major league game, but the very next night, they looked like they were hitting the ball off a tee.
They also finished with 15 RBIs and left 17 on base. Chicago batted .500 with runners in scoring position at 6-for-12, which was better than the previous game of 1-for-5.
Now, we can’t forget the pitching by Jose Quintana (1-0). The left-handed pitcher went seven solid innings, allowing two runs (both earned) on five hits and two walks. He struck out four and allowed a home run to drop his ERA to 2.77.
Chicago needs a full season of that type of pitching from Quintana.
The loss went to Colorado’s Franklin Morales (0-1, 6.94 ERA). He allowed six earned runs on eight hits and four walks. Of those eight hits, two were home runs.
More thoughts/facts on the game:
• The White Sox converted two double plays.
• I hope the White Sox didn’t use up all their firepower in this game, because tomorrow’s game is just as important as this one.
• There were a total of eight two-out RBIs … that doesn’t happen that often.
• Colorado was 0-for-6 with RISP. The pitching and defense needs to keep that trend going.
• Conor Gillaspie left six runners stranded. He’ll get ’em next time. He had plenty of backup tonight.
• Alexei Ramirez also had a home run for the White Sox.
• Tweet of the Night:
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