@SoxNerd blog for May 2 …
*MAY DAY: Jacob May continued the family tradition of being productive on May Day for the White Sox on Monday night.
That wasn’t enough, though, to save the rookie outfielder from a demotion to Triple-A Charlotte following the 6-1 loss at Kansas City.
Batting ninth and playing right field, May was 1-for-4 with an RBI single as the Sox opened a four-game set at Kansas City with their second straight loss.
A 1-for-4 performance would have been a disappointment on May Day for Jacob’s uncle, Carlos, who played for the Sox between 1968 and 1976.
Carlos hit a searing .370 (10-for-27) while hitting safely in six of his seven May Day games for the Sox.
In addition, Carlos had a double, two homers and four RBI on May’s first day.
Like Carlos, Jacob played his first May Day game in Kansas City and, like Jacob, Carlos delivered a go-ahead RBI in his first May Day at bat.
On May 1, 1969, Carlos May started the White Sox 5-4 loss at Kansas City with a home run. 17,159 days later, Jacob May came through with an RBI single in the fourth inning.
Together, the Mays are hitting .355 with three homers and five RBI on May Day.
Is this cause for dancing around the May Pole?
*SOX STUMPER: When the Sox played at home on May 2, 2012, this was the trivia question that was flashed on the scoreboard … Name the former White Sox player who hit .357 with a homer and four RBIs as the Indians’ designated hitter in the 1999 Division Series vs. Boston?
The answer will be at the end of the blog.
*ONE MORE THING: For the record, Milt May and Lee Maye — the only other Mays or Mayes to play for the team — never appeared in a May Day game for the Sox.
*HOWEVER ...: Milt May does have some May history with the White Sox as CSN’s Chris Kamka Tweeted out on Monday night:
*HE’S BACK: As expected, the White Sox recalled outfielder Willy Garcia from Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday to replace Jacob May.
The Three Garcia Outfield returns tonight!
*SOX ALMANAC: On this date in 1984, LaMarr Hoyt faced the minimum in throwing the White Sox final one-hitter at Comiskey Park in a 3-0 win over the New York Yankees before 15,382 at fans.
Between the first and seventh innings, the burly right-hander retired 19 in a row before Don Mattingly singled with one out in the seventh. Hoyt then got Steve Kemp to bounce into a double play. Hoyt then retired the next eight to complete the gem.
The Sox did all their damage in the second on RBIs by Scott Fletcher and Rudy Law and a balk.
Mike Squires started at third base, marking the first time since at least 1936 that a southpaw started at the position. Squires played the first five innings at the hot corner with no chances before moving to first base.
*CUBS FATIGUE: Some Sox fans are reveling in the fact that their team has a better record RIGHT NOW than the reigning World Series champion Cubs.
At least that’s what part of my Twitter feed is telling me:
*LIKED IT: I got off a good one after the loss on Monday night.
I wasn’t the only one who liked it:
*ROYAL RECALL: On June 25, 1974, Ron Santo hit the last of his five White Sox home runs and 342 big league home runs at Kansas City. The two-run shot in the seventh off Steve Busby fronted the Sox for good in a 3-1 victory.
*STUMPER ANSWER: Harold Baines