BOSTON -- Adam LaRoche returned to the lineup after what he and Robin Ventura think will be a welcomed two days out of action.
LaRoche has a .212/.306/.347 slash line with nine home runs and 34 RBIs in 356 plate appearances this season. His 30-percent strikeout rate is about eight more than his career average. Not only is LaRoche up against a pitcher he has success against -- he is 3-for-5 versus Boston’s Rick Porcello -- he has been able to work without worrying about results.
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“What’s more important is the two days he had,” Ventura said. “You can sit there and work on stuff. When you have a pretty clear mind you’re not going to be in there to compete that day, you can work on stuff and tinker with things, and it’s good for him to be able to do that, and now he feels good to go back out there.”
LaRoche said Tuesday he wants to contribute to an offense firing on all cylinders. He also admits his struggles have been more mental than anything, though he has tinkered a little the last two days. Ventura likes what he saw from LaRoche before Wednesday’s game.
“He looked good today early getting out here and swinging the bat,” Ventura said. “You make adjustments. You get a couple of days just working out. He looks good today, so you look forward to seeing him.”
Chicks dug the White Sox on Saturday.
The South Siders hit four home runs in their 8-3 dismantling of the Tigers at Comerica Park. Tim Anderson stayed red-hot with a pair of long balls, Jose Abreu went deep in addition to his pair of doubles, and Daniel Palka made some interesting history with his long ball (see below).
We'll let our stat guru Chris Kamka take it from here.
Since their 10-29 start the White Sox are a respectable 6-4. Days at the plate like Saturday sure help.
For over two years, Charlie Tilson was starting to look like his own version of "Moonlight" Graham, the player made famous in the movie "Field of Dreams" because he played in one major league game and never got to bat.
The White Sox traded for Tilson just before the trade deadline passed in 2016. Two days later he made his big league debut with the White Sox in Detroit. He got a single in his first at-bat, but left the game with an injury and missed the rest of the season. Tilson also missed all of the 2017 season and his MLB future was starting to come into question.
Back healthy, Tilson started this season in Triple-A Charlotte and hit .248 in 39 games when he got called up to replace Leury Garcia, who was placed on the disabled list. On Thursday, Tilson returned to a big league field for the first time in more than 20 months. He went 0-for-3 in a loss to Baltimore.
Friday marked a return to the site of Tilson's big league debut and the injury that made it such a brief stint. Tilson has now played three big league games, over the course of nearly 21 months, and two of them have been in Detroit.
Tilson went 1-for-4, meaning both his hits are in Comerica Park. The White Sox lost 5-4 after giving up three runs in the bottom of the eighth.