Game Preview: Chicago White Sox to face MLB leader San Francisco Giants


Mar 12, 2014; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Chicago White Sox second baseman

Gordon Beckham

(15) throws the ball to first base ahead of the slide by San Francisco Giants catcher

Buster Posey

(28) during the first inning at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

On Tuesday night, the Chicago White Sox dip back into interleague play at US Cellular Field in Chicago where they welcome the team with the best record in all of baseball, the San Francisco Giants.

This is the first of 16 straight games of baseball for the White Sox.

The Giants enter this short two-game series with an overall record of 43-27, 10 games better than the 33-37 White Sox club that has lost four straight games, including a three-game sweep by the Kansas City Royals over the weekend.

For the Giants, Matt Cain will be on the mound. He enters this game with a 1-4 record, but his ERA is under 4.00 at 3.84 on the season.

The White Sox are sending John Danks to the hill, with a 5-5 mark and 4.17 ERA.

Cain has pitched 15 total innings in his last three starts, going 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA with 10 strikeouts. He’s never pitched at US Cellular Field and has pitched just seven innings for his career against the White Sox.

In those seven innings, he is 0-0 with a 7.71 ERA with six strikeouts. Adam Dunn has had success against Cain during his career. In 10 at-bats, Dunn is batting .400 with two home runs and three RBIs against the Giants starter.

Cain has two starts since returning from the DL, going 0-1 in 12 innings, where he’s allowed six earned runs, six walks, six hits and has seven strikeouts.

As for Danks, the White Sox starter is 2-1 in his last three starts, equaling 21.1 innings pitched. He has 13 strikeouts in that span.

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Against the Giants, Danks has just six total innings in his career against tonight’s opposition, where he is 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA and three strikeouts.

Tyler Colvin of the Giants has a home run and three RBIs in three at-bats against Danks.

The game will air on CSN Chicago at 7:10 p.m. CT and for out-of-market viewers on MLB.TV. The game can also be listed to on WSCR 670 and MLB Audio.

Here are the starting lineups for Tuesday, June 17:

Chicago White Sox (33-37)
1. Adam Eaton (CF)
2. Gordon Beckham (2B)
3. Conor Gillaspie (3B)
4. Jose Abreu (1B)
5. Adam Dunn (DH)
6. Alexei Ramirez (SS)
7. Dayan Viciedo (RF)
8. Alejandro De Aza (LF)
9. Tyler Flowers (C)

San Francisco Giants (43-27)
1. Gregor Blanco (LF)
2. Hunter Pence (RF)
3. Buster Posey (DH)
4. Pablo Sandoval (3B)
5. Michael Morse (1B)
6. Hector Sanchez (C )
7. Brandon Crawford (SS)
8. Juan Perez (CF)
9. Brandon Hicks (2B)

Lineups via Baseball Press.