The latest from the @SoxNerd

*ON FIRE! Rookie Nicky Delmonico raised his average to .400 with three hits in Wednesday’s night’s win over Houston at Guaranteed Rate Field.

At this moment in time, Delmonico is the Sox all-time average leader among those with 25-or-more at bats.

I posted the above graphic on the Sox video board after Delmonico’s second at bat on Wednesday. There will be more tonight!

Behind Delmonico are Joe Hall .393 (28 at bats), John Russell .385 (26 at bats) and Clint Courtney .378 (37 at bats).

*SWEEP: The Sox are going for their fourth sweep of the Astros tonight.

The first?


*DOUBLE/HR: The emerging Kevan Smith executed a rarity in Tuesday night’s win.

The Pitt product, who once played quarterback for former Bears coach Dave Wannstedt, became the first Sox rookie catcher to double and homer in the same game since Miguel Olivo on May 1, 2003.

Others who have done this (since 1913): Josh Paul on Aug. 29, 2001; Ron Karkovice Oct. 2, 1986; Bill Nahorodny April 21 and June 2, 1978; Ed Herrmann June 4, 1969; Joe Tipton May 3, 1949 and Buck Crouse July 17, 1924.

*THANKS! A shout out to Kevin Luke @tvdirguy who pointed out that the White Sox Tyler Saladino and Astros pitcher James Hoyt, who squared Tuesday, were teammates at 2008 at Palomar (Calif.) College in 2008.

Note: The Baseball Reference Play Index rules!




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