Rodón “Could Be As Good As Anybody”
Last Night’s Highlights
Carlos Rodón had his second straight outstanding outing with a career-tying 11 strikeouts (four times) and Nicky Delmonico went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI as the White Sox lost a heartbreaker, a 3–2 decision in 11 innings, to the Red Sox in Boston.
Rodón tossed a strong 7.2 innings, allowing just two runs on six hits while walking none. He has reached double digits in strikeouts for the fifth time in his last nine outings dating back to 2016 and has 31 Ks and only five walks in his last three starts. Carlos is also one of nine hurlers who have three or more double-digit strikeout games this season. He and former teammate and current Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale are the only American League left-handers to do it.
Delmonico is the second White Sox player since 1913 to record two multi-RBI games within his first four career contests, joining Zeke Bonura in 1934 (also two). Fellow rookie Yoán Moncada went 2-for-4 with a walk.
Here are Rodón’s 11 Ks and Delmonico’s two-run double:
White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the third game of the four-game series. Starting Pitchers: James Shields (2–3, 6.19) for the Sox, LHP Drew Pomeranz (10–4, 3.46) for the Red Sox.
White Sox vs. Red Sox (12:35 p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the four-game series and brief road trip. Starting Pitchers: RHP Mike Pelfrey (3–9, 5.04) for the Sox, RHP Doug Fister (1–5, 6.27) for Boston.
After an off day Monday, the Sox return to Guaranteed Rate Field on Tuesday for a six-game homestand, featuring a pair of three-game series with the Astros and Royals.
Quotes of the Day
Sale on Rodón:
“He could be as good as anybody. He’s got a sturdy frame. For longevity, that’s really good. I’ve seen him throw 100 mph. I’ve seen him throw sliders at 90 or 91 with really good depth. It’s just about finding it yourself too. Once it all clicks for him, it’s going to be really fun to watch.”
Last Night’s Prospect Watch
OF-DH Eloy Jiménez (pictured above) continued his hot hitting for Class A Advanced Winston-Salem. He went 2-for-4, including a three-run homer (13), and drove in four. Since joining the Sox organization, Eloy has gone 25–71 (.352) with five homers and 18 RBI in 20 games.
1B Casey Gillaspie, acquired from the Rays and just off the DL, went 1-for-3 with a pair of walks for Class AAA Charlotte.
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Sox Note of Note
Avi García took early batting practice last night and is getting closer to returning to the lineup.
Videos of the Day
Parts 3 and 4 of Jason Benetti’s interview with GM Rick Hahn. Part 3 addresses Moncada’s extraordinary abilities while Part 4focuses on the potential of White Sox prospects.