Carlos Rodon gained his third win of the season in his rookie campaign, the Chicago White Sox snapped an eight-game losing streak, and all was great in the White Sox land for at least one day on Saturday.
It was great to see the White Sox defeat the Texas Rangers by a 3-2 score, putting them at 29-38 entering Sunday’s game, but there is still a long way to go before anyone can become confident in this ball club.
Chicago needs consistency on the winning side before anymore excitement is to be had. It is going to take more than one win before anyone gains back the “preseason hope” most had when spring training began.
The White Sox did manage to gain a better amount of hits that usual Saturday with six, and it was a good thing to see the 1-3 batters in the order have four of those six hits, including Adam Eaton with a 2-for-4 game, along with Avisail Garcia and Jose Abreu with one hit each.
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As for Rodon, the rookie bounced back from his forgettable previous start to go six innings this time around. In those six innings he allowed just two earned runs on four hits and three walks. He struck out five for the third win of his MLB career.
What can we expect from this team today? With Jose Quintana on the mound for the White Sox. Quintana is 3-7 with a 4.03 ERA entering today’s start. He’ll be facing Yovani Gallardo of Texas who is 6-6 with a 3.16 ERA.
Quintana has pitched well more often than not in ’15, and in his past three starts he’s 1-1 with seven earned runs allowed in 20 innings pitched. In his last start on June 16, Quintana allowed three earned runs (nine hits) in a loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Today should be interesting to say the least.
Jun 20, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Carlos Rodon (55) delivers a pitch during the sixth inning against the Texas Rangers at U.S Cellular Field. Chicago won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
White Sox Headlines
• Rodon gets back on track with strong start: By Scott Merkin of WhiteSox.com
• Levine: White Sox snap 8-game skid: By Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago.
• White Sox see Chris Sale’s leadership emerge from losing streak: By JJ Stankevitz of CSNChicago.
• With losing streak behind them, White Sox remain focused on positives: By David Just of the Chicago Sun-Times.