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*SWING AWAY PITCHERS: The White Sox return to interleague play in a National League park which means … PITCHERS HIT!
It’s fun because it’s novel and you may see something you have never seen before.
Take last year for instance …
On June 1, 2016 portly reliever Matt Albers legged out a double in the 13th inning and rumbled home for the decisive run in a 2-1 win over the Mets at Citi Field in New York.
The site of Albers navigating the bases and his reaction and the reaction of the team were some of the most enduring images of last season.
So awesome was Albers’ trip to the plate, Topps issued a card (pictured at the top of the blog) commemorating it.
With that in mind, here are a few nuggets on Sox hurlers in the batter’s box:
–Big year: Sox pitchers collected four hits last season which was their most since 1999 (5).
–Record: The four pitcher hits last season were the second-highest Sox output in the interleague era, which began in 1997.
–Blanked: In the interleague era, Sox pitchers have gone hitless in 1998 and 2007.
–This year: Heading into tonight’s tilt in Colorado, Sox pitchers are 0-for-5 this season with three strikeouts in three interleague games.
–Last hit: James Shields, Sept. 21, 2016 at Philadelphia (single)
*SOX STUMPER: Here is the trivia question displayed at the Sox game at the franchise’s last home game at the Cell on this date in 2016: Name the pitcher who gave up two hits in four at bats in his last White Sox appearance against his brother on May 5, 1977.
*MORE PITCHERS: Here are a few more nuggets on Sox hurlers in the batter’s box:
–Last double: Albers, June 1, 2016 at New York Mets
–Last triple: James Baldwin, June 17, 1999 at St. Louis
–Last run, RBI, HR: Anthony Ranaudo, July 27, 2016 vs. the Cubs at Wrigley Field
*ALMANAC: On this date in 1982, Harold Baines clubbed three consecutive homers – including a grand slam — and Dennis Lamp fired a five-hit shutout in the Sox 7-0 win over the Detroit Tigers before 24,018 at Comiskey Park.
The win pushed the Sox into a third-place tie in the American League West. Twelve days later in Detroit, Lamp would whitewash the Tigers again.
*LAST PITCHERS: Even more nuggets on Sox pitchers hitting:
–Last multi-hit game: Mike Sirotka, June 12, 1999 at Wrigley Field (2-for-4 with a run)
–Goin’ deep: Jon Garland (June 18, 2006 at Cincinnati), Mark Buehrle (June 14, 2009 at Milwaukee) and Ranaudo are the Sox pitchers who have homered in the interleague era.
–HR king: Gary Peters is the White Sox all-time leader among pitchers with 15 home runs.
–Alexei … yes! Alexei Ramirez is the Sox all-time leader among any player who pitched for the franchise with 109 home runs. He pitched one inning for the 2015 Sox.
–The beginning: The first White Sox pitcher to get a hit was John Skopec. In the franchise’s second game on April 25, 1901, the Chicago native collected two hits in a 7-3 win in Chicago.
*STUMPER ANSWER: Ken Brett, the hitting pitcher of his generation, vs. George Brett.