@SoxNerd blog for May 5 (Cinco de Mayo) …
*MUY BIEN: Guadalajara, Mexico’s Miguel Gonzalez starting on Cinco de Mayo in Baltimore … how can the White Sox not win tonight?
The right-hander’s first career start on the 154th anniversary of the Mexican Army’s upset of the French forces at the Battle of Puebla will happen on familiar turf.
Gonzalez went 17-14 with a more-than-respectable 3.94 ERA pitching in cozy Camden Yards for the Orioles between 2012 and 2015. This is the 32-year old’s first appearance in Baltimore as a visitor.
Gonzalez will become the first native of Mexico to make a start at pitcher for the White Sox on May 5.
He will also be the first native of Mexico to appear in May 5 game for the Sox since Aurelio Rodriguez of Cananea played the last two innings at third base of a 4-1 win vs. Toronto at Comiskey Park in 1982.
Francisco Barrios and Esteban Loaiza, the most productive Sox pitchers from Mexico, never made starts on the date.
Jorge Orta, the Sox best position player from Mexico, didn’t fare well on May 5. The native of Mazatlan, Sinaloa was 4-for-24 on this date. His start in 1979 was the last for the Sox from Mexico on Cinco de Mayo.
*SOX STUMPER: Here is a trivia question displayed on the scoreboard during the White Sox last home game on this date last season: Which member of the Red Sox was the unanimous pick as the American League’s Rookie of the Year in 1972?
The answer is below.
*ROYAL SUCCESS: The White Sox won as many games in Kansas City this week (2) as they did all of last season. … The Sox have five wins vs. the Royals this season. That’s as many as they had in all of 2016.
*TIMELY BOMB: Matt Davidson’s 452-foot home run into the drink at Kaufman Stadium on Thursday came on the 40th anniversary of Chet Lemon’s 450-foot dinger in Kansas City, which was the first to land in the left-center field waterfall in the park.
*SOX ALMANAC: On this date in 1968, Gary Peters’ grand slam, just the third in White Sox history by a pitcher, and Ken Berry’s solo home run powered the White Sox to a 5-1 win over the Yankees in the first game of a doubleheader before 9,827 at Comiskey Park.
Berry’s homer came in the third and put the Sox ahead 1-0.
Peters’ blast came an inning later and scored Tommy Davis, Duane Josephson and Buddy Bradford.
Peters’ grand slam was the last by a White Sox pitcher and the first since Tommy Byrne accomplished the feat as a pinch-hitter May 16, 1953. Monty Stratton hit the first grand slam by a Sox pitcher on June 10, 1938.
*BALTO BLAST FROM THE PAST: The White Sox played the Orioles in the first game in Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium on April 15, 1954.
In the first Major League game in the city since Sept. 29, 1902, the Orioles, who had played the previous 53 seasons in St. Louis as the Browns, defeated the Sox 3-1.
The Sox Chico Carrasquel led off the game with the stadium’s first hit — a single to right field.
*STUMPER ANSWER: Carlton Fisk