@SOXNERD BLOG FOR MAY 15: WEEKEND IN REVIEW

 

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White Sox Saturday celebration (screen shot from MLB.com)

@SoxNerd Blog in the wake of the Padres series …

 

*WALKING IT OFF: I love “walkoffs.”

I love them so much so that I have logged everyone the White Sox have pulled off in the new park.

Here are some Sox walkoff nuggets in light of the “sudden victory” they executed on Saturday against the San Diego Padres at Guaranteed Rate Field:

*Saturday was the White Sox 187th walkoff win (first of the season) at New Comiskey Park/U.S. Cellular Field/Guaranteed Rate Field.

*Yolmer/Carlos Sanchez owns the White Sox last two walkoff hits. Sanchez had the Sox last walkoff hit of 2016 when his one-out single in the ninth scored Leury Garcia to give the team a 2-1 win on Sept. 15.

*The last time the Sox notched a walkoff win later than Satuday’s date of May 13 was in 2012 when the first one didn’t happen until June 7.

*Prior to Saturday, the Sox last interleague walkoff came on July 25, 2016 when Tyler Saladino’s one-out single in the ninth scored J.B. Shuck for a 5-4 win over the Cubs.

*Prior to Saturday, the Sox last interleague walkoff against an opponent other than the Cubs was in a 4-3 win over the Reds on May 10, 2015 (Mother’s Day!). Gordon Beckham’s two-out single that scored Avisail Garcia in the ninth in the game where Todd Frazier went 1-for-4 as the Reds third baseman.

*Saturday’s walkoff win was the Sox third against an N.L. West team, first against the Padres and their first against an N.L. West team other than the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Sox walkoffs vs. the Dodgers came June 18, 2005 on A.J. Pierzynski’s two-run homer in the ninth and on June 25, 2009 when Scott Podsednik’s two-out single scored Gordon Beckham.

*The last six Sox walkoffs have come in the ninth inning, which is tied for the longest such streak in team history (2014). … The Sox last extra-inning walkoff win was a 10-9 victory over 12 against the Tigers on June 13, 2016.

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I was happy to meet legendary San Diego Padres’ radio broadcaster Ted Leitner on Saturday.

*NICE MEETING: I have a cool job with the White Sox and I get to do cool things and meet cool people.

When I vacationed in San Diego years ago, I listened to a lot of San Diego Padres games and Ted Leitner while lounging on the beach.

I was hooked on Ted and his style and the ability to listen to him was one of the main reasons I bought the MLB audio package.

Saturday I met Ted and told him how much I admired his work and he couldn’t have been any more gracious. 

*SOX STUMPER: Here is the trivia question I submitted for the White Sox last home game on this date on 2012 against the Tigers: Name the Detroit native who logged the most games in a White Sox uniform.

*SHORT BLAST: Leury Garcia notched the first multi-homer game of his career on Friday night.

The only Sox player shorter than the 5-foot-8 Garcia to record a multi-homer game was the 5-7 Mike Kreevich on June 10, 1938.

CSN stat guru Chris Kamka (friend of the Nerd) posted that Garica was the first Sox leadoff man to log a multi-homer game since Orlando Cabrera on May 18, 2008.

*SOX ALMANAC: On this date in 1941, White Sox ace Edgar Smith surrendered a single which began Joe DiMaggio’s record-setting and legendary 56-game hitting streak in a 14-1 win in New York.

Taffy Wright homered and drove in four runs for the Sox. The game was the eighth in a row in which Wright had driven in a run. His streak would eventually reach an A.L.-record 13.

*ALMOST! If Todd Frazier had capped the White Sox eighth Sunday with a slam, that frame would have been the most prolific eighth in the 117-year history of the franchise.

Frazier’s inning-ending fly out with the bases loaded ended the Sox outburst at eight. The most runs the Sox have scored in an eighth was 11 on July 28, 1931 at New York.

*RIP: StevePalermo, who died Sunday, was the plate umpire for the first game at NewComiskeyPk/USCellularField/GuaranteedRateField on April 18, 1991.

Palermo’s final ejection, before suffering an injury breaking up a robbery left him paralyzed and ended his career ont he field was of Barry Foote on May 28, 1991 at Comiskey Park.

*STUMPER ANSWER: Cass Michaels (795 games from 1943-50, 1954)

 

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