A few Tuesday White Sox notes … @SoxNerd style!
*“HISTORY:” Let it be known that James Shields “issued” the first “pitch-less” intentional walk in White Sox history.
On Monday, the Indians’ Francisco Lindor was awarded first base with Shields on the mound in the sixth inning for an international walk, which are going without pitches beginning this season.
For the record, David Robertson issued the last traditional intentional walk in Sox history on Aug. 10, 2016 to the Royals Alcides Escobar in Kansas City.
*MATT UPDATE: Matt Davidson doubled on Monday to boost his White Sox career average to .400 (4-for-10).
Only Terry Forster — yes, David Letterman’s “Big Tub o’ Goo” — has a higher White Sox career average with more at bats than Davidson.
Forster, a fireballing left-handed reliever, hit .480 (12-for-25) for the Sox from 1971 to 1976.
*MORE MATT: Davidson’s 442-foot homer on April 6 at Guaranteed Rate Field was the longest by a White Sox player in April since Carlos Quentin’s 444-foot shot on April 16, 2011 vs. Anaheim at U.S. Cellular Field.
*CLEVELAND ROCKS! Don’t call Cleveland the “mistake by the lake” to Derek Holland.
The left-hander starts for the White Sox tonight in Cleveland sporting a sterling record in Progressive Field.
An Ohio native, Holland is 3-0 with a 1.23 ERA in four starts in Cleveland.
Holland gave a good indicator that he would be great in this park with a five-hit shutout on June 4, 2011 in his debut there.
Overall, the 30-year-old is 5-1 with a 2.60 ERA in nine starts against the Tribe. Holland certainly didn’t make the Indians’ road to the 2016 World Series any easier. He was 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA in two starts against Terry Francona’s crew last season.
*CENTRAL POWER: Holland has dominated the winners of the last six A.L. Central titles, which obviously includes the Indians.
Facing the Tigers, Royals and Indians — winners of the last six Central titles — Holland is 8-2 with a 3.14 ERA (21 appearances/19 starts).
*WAY BACK MACHINE: Boone Logan faced one batter for the Indians against the White Sox on Tuesday for Cleveland.
Logan made his big league debut for White Sox against Cleveland on April 4, 2006 at U.S. Cellular Field with two shutout innings.
*GEM: According to Elias this is only the second time in history that both reigning pennant winners logged a walkoff win in their home openers.
The Cubs executed one on Monday while the Indians did it on Tuesday.
The only other time it happened? 1960 and the Sox were one of the victors.
On April 19, 1960, the Sox began defense of their American League pennant with a 10-9 walkoff win over Kansas City at Comiskey Park thanks to a Minnie Minoso homer.
That roundtripper capped a huge day for Minoso, who also launched a grand slam and finished with six RBI.