@SoxNerd Blog for May 7 …
*PUT IT ON THE BOARD: Cody Asche’s home run on Saturday — his first for the White Sox during a season of struggles — was hardly memorable even though it generated quite a bit of buzz on social media.
The dinger was noteworthy … surprising … improbable … fun.
It also happened in Baltimore.
Here are some other Sox homers of interest that occurred in the “Charm City” vs. the Orioles:
–Chico Carrasquel hit the Sox first homer against the Orioles in an 11-6 win on May 28, 1954 at Memorial Stadium. The blast came off Lew Kretlow in the fourth inning with Jack Harshman on base.
–Ted Kluszewski hit a homer that never was in Memorial Stadium on Aug. 28, 1960. Big Ted clubbed what appeared to be a go-ahead pinch-homer in the eighth but it was disallowed by umpire Eddie Hart who called time before the pitch. Hart said he called time to tell on-deck hitters Earl Torgeson and Floyd Robinson that they were warming up in the wrong area. The ruling set off the Sox prompting the ejections of Nellie Fox and manager Al Lopez.
–On April 8, 1991, Sammy Sosa hit the final two Opening Day home runs at Memorial Stadium in the White Sox 11-1 win. Yes that Sammy Sosa.
–On Aug. 12, 1991, Warren Newson, “the Deacon,” hit the Sox final homer at Memorial Stadium in a 5-4 loss in 11 innings.
–On May 8, 1992, Frank Thomas launched the Sox first homer at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The first blast came off Mike Mussina in the second inning. Eight innings later, “Big Frank” hit a homer in the 10th that proved to be the difference in a 4-3 win.
–On June 4, 1994, Paco Martin capped the White Sox 7-1 win at Oriole Park at Camden Yards with a ninth-inning grand slam. It was the first home run of “Paco’s” career.
–How about this one? On July 28, 2006, Ross Gload — only in the game because Paul Konerko was injured — launched a ninth-inning grand slam that fronted the Sox for good in a 6-4 win at Baltimore.
Now that’s improbable!
*SOX STUMPER: Here is the trivia question that displayed on the Sox scoreboard a year ago today when the Sox faced the Twins: Name the second place hitter who socked the White Sox first homer against the Twins in this park on July 5, 1991.
*MORE BALTIMORE RECALL: The Sox first game in Baltimore was NOT against the Orioles. The New York Yankees called the Maryland city home before relocating to the Big Apple in 1903. The Sox dropped their Baltimore debut 8-1 on June 12, 1901 at Oriole Park. Baltimore’s manager that season? The legendary John J. McGraw, whose Giants would lose to the Sox in the 1917 World Series.
*GOOD COMBO: Jose Quintana, starting today, owns a 2.25 ERA in 64 innings with Geovany Soto behind the plate. That’s the lowest mark for any catcher that Quintana has teamed with for at least seven innings.
*STUMPER ANSWER: Robin Ventura