@SoxNerd Blog for May 12:

*CALIFORNIA DREAMIN,: The San Diego Padres … who are these guys?

The White Sox will play the Padres tonight for just the 10th time. The nine games are the fewest the Sox have played against any opponent.

After tonight’s game, the Sox will also have a franchise-low 10 contests against the San Francisco Giants and the New York Mets.

With interleague sets vs. the Padres and Giants this season, by season’s-end the Mets will be the Sox least-frequent foe.

*SOX STUMPER: Here is the trivia question I submitted for display on the scoreboard for the Sox home game on this date in 2014: Name the ex-White Sox pitcher who took the loss for the Angels in an 11-0 drubbing at Comiskey Park on Sept. 9, 1983.

Answer below.

*BLAST FROM THE PAST: The most memorable game the Sox ever played against the Padres was an 8-5 win on June 12, 2005.

On a beautiful Sunday, Aaron Rowand’s three-run homer in the 10th off Trevor Hoffman delivered the White Sox an 8-5 series-clinching and come-from-behind win at San Diego’s PetCo Park.

The first-place Sox tied the game with two in the eighth thanks to RBIs from Paul Konerko and Juan Uribe.

Rowand’s homer made a winner out of Cliff Politte, who fashioned two perfect innings of relief.

*SPRING FLING: The Sox were 1-1-1 vs. the Padres in the Cactus League.

The star of the Sox 3-1 win on March 3 in Peoria, Ariz.?

Yoan Moncada!

Batting second and playing second, the hot prospect was 2-for-4 with a run, a triple and an RBI.

*SPEAKING OF SPRING: The Sox knocked around Jhoulys Chacin — tonight’s Padres starter — pretty good in a 9-9 Cactus League March 29 in Glendale, Ariz.

Tyler Saladino and Jose Abreu touched Chacin for homers in the first as the Sox tagged the righty for six runs on eight hits in three innings.

*SOX ALMANAC: On this date in 1998, Carlos Castillo retired all 10 batters he faced in picking up his first victory of the season in the White Sox 5-2 win over Anaheim before 13,050 at Comiskey Park.

Castillo fanned four and got offensive help from Albert Belle and Greg Norton, who both homered. 

Belle’s two-run homer in the sixth gave the Sox the lead for good.



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