A few notes … @SoxNerd style!
*POWER SURGE: Catcher Geovany Soto has three home runs in four games. He hit four in 26 games for the Angels last season.
*NUMBERS GAME: Soto’s multi-homer game was the first by a White Sox player wearing No. 18 since Orlando Cabrera.
On May 18, 2008, Cabrera hit homers No. 99 and 100 of his career in the White Sox 13-8 win at San Francisco.
Since then Brent Lillibridge, Jose Lopez, Blake Tekotte and Tyler Saladino have worn 18 but never recorded a multi-homer game for the Sox.
*NEAR MISS: Despite David Robertson’s best efforts, Hollis (Hollie) “Sloppy” Thurston is still the ONLY White Sox pitcher to strike out the side on nine pitches. He accomplished the feat on Aug. 22, 1923 vs. Philadelphia at Comiskey Park. It
Robertson came oh-so-close in Sunday’s loss to Minnesota at Guaranteed Rate Field.In his season debut, the right-hander recorded consecutive strikeouts on six pitches and had K-machine Byron Buxton 0-2 but it wasn’t meant to be.
Buxton kept Sloppy’s legacy in tact with a flyout to left.
FLASHBACK: The White Sox held Ty Cobb hitless in three at bats but lost at Detroit 2-0 on April 15, 1909, which was the last time the Cubs opened as World Series champs.
Here’s the Tribune box from that game:
Only Terry Forster at .525 (10-for-14) has a higher average than Davidson’s .400 of Sox players with at least 10 at bats.