@SoxNerd Blog for May 6:
*A FIRST? Rookie Dylan Covey makes his fifth attempt at his first big league victory when the White Sox play at Baltimore tonight.
Making his fifth start, the right-hander takes an 0-2 record and 7.29 ERA into the 6:05 contest (WGN) to the bump at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Should Covey secure his first Major League win tonight, he will be the first Sox pitcher to do so against the Orioles since Lorenzo Barcelo on Aug. 23, 2000.
On that Wednesday night at Comiskey Park, the righty gave up one run in 3.1 innings in the Sox 8-4 win. The Sox emerged from that day on top of the A.L. Central by seven games.
Should Covey win tonight, he will become the first Sox starting pitcher to earn his first big league win vs. the Orioles since Rocky Biddle accomplished the feat eight days prior to Barcelo’s win. Biddle is also the last Sox starting pitcher to earn his first big league win in Baltimore.
On Aug. 15, 2000, Biddle, who was serenaded with “Rocky Top” by Sox organist Nancy Faust when he would pitch at home, yielded four runs on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts in seven innings for the first of his 20 Major League wins in the first-place White Sox 14-4 thumping at Baltimore.
Oh, Biddle got relief help from rookies Mark Buehrle and Barcelo (one inning each) in that one.
*SOX STUMPER: This was the trivia question displayed on the scoreboard during the Sox home game on this date in 2015: Name the White Sox player who collected 14 triples and 11 doubles in 1994.
The answer is below.
*ANOTHER FIRST: Should Covey earn his first big league win tonight, it will come on the 54th anniversary of Gary Peters’ first big league win … and homer!
On this date in 1983, Peters picked up his first victory and jack in the White Sox 5-1 win over the Athletics in Kansas City.
Peters, who would go on to win the American League’s Rookie of the Year Award, gave up one run on four hits with one walk and four strikeouts to improve to 1-2. Peters hit his home run in the third inning as the Sox started a seven-game winning streak.
*ORIOLE RECALL: The only game the @SoxNerd family took in at Oriole Park at Camden Yards was on an almost intolerable steamy day in 2005.
On Aug. 1 during a family vacation that took us to Cleveland, Gettysburg, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Ocean City, N.J., Reading, Pa., and Lancaster, Pa., we saw the Sox beat the Orioles 6-3.
It was a great Sox win that featured a homer by A.J. Pierzynski but there was a confusing bummer to it.
Homeplate umpire Brian Gorman ejected Mark Buehrle, who got the win, with two out in the sixth after he had hit B.J. Surhoff. That came a half inning after Pierzynski was hit by a pitch.
The significance of that ejection? It ended Buehrle’s string of pitching at least six innings in 49 consecutive starts.
Beautiful park. Loved it. Go.
*SOX ALMANAC: On this date in 1964, Dave Nicholson’s roof shot homer in Game 1 was part of the White Sox doubleheader sweep of Kansas City before 14,707 at Comiskey Park.
It may have been one of the longest homers ever hit at Comiskey Park.
Here’s my blog on the blast and other Comiskey Park roofers:
STUMPER ANSWER: Lance Johnson