It's a good thing the Sox are starting the season on April 6:
- They are 14-6 on this date in Franchise history
- They have won five straight April 6 games
- They haven't lost on April 6 since 2001
- They have won 13 of their last 14 on today's date
- This will be their fourth April 6 opener (they're 2-1 so far)
There have been a lot of exciting moments along the way. Here's the complete list of April 6 contests, which date back to 1974:
2011: Sox rally for four with two outs in the 9 off Joakim Soria to take a 7-6 lead, but Thornton blows the save. Sox score three in the 12th for the 10-7 win at Kauffman Stadium.
2008: Sox light up Justin Verlander for nine runs (four earned) and nine hits. Buehrle gets the decision in 13-2 blowout at Comerica Park.
2005: Sox erase 3-0 deficit in ninth inning off Indians' closer Bob Wickman when Paul Konerko (with a runner on) and Jermaine Dye go back-to-back; Juan Uribe knocks in the winning run on a sac fly.
2003: 9-run eighth inning (eight unearned) and go on to win 10-2 at home vs Tigers.
2002: 14-0 win at Kauffman Stadium.
2001: 10-9 10-inning loss vs Tigers.
2000: 6-2 win at Texas
1999: 11-3 win in Seattle -- Sox crush Jamie Moyer (6 IP, 11 H, 8 ER)
1998: 5-4 win vs Rangers
1997: 5-3 win vs Tigers -- Jaime Navarro pitches seven scoreless with 11 K
1996: 8-4 win at Angels -- Alex Fernandez pitches eight innings and strikes out 10 Halos.
1994: 9-2 win at the Skydome -- Robin Ventura and Darrin Jackson each hit two home runs.
1993: 10-5 Opening Day win at the Metrodome.
1989: 3-2 win in California -- Bert Blyleven gets the no decision for the Halos.
1988: 4-2 loss vs Angels in 10 innings.
1987: 5-4 Opening Day win in Kansas City.
1984: 3-2 loss vs Tigers -- Jack Morris no-hits them the next day.
1983: 4-1 loss in Texas -- Sox start season 0-3, but finish 99-63.
1979: Jim Palmer hands Sox 5-3 Opening Day loss in Baltimore.
1974: White Sox lose 3-2 vs Angels -- Bill Melton hit a homer.
Total: 14-6 (13-1 in last 14)
Charlie Tilson is finally back in the major leagues. And this time, he’s hoping he can stick around for more than one game.
Tilson, currently ranked as the White Sox No. 15 prospect, was brought up from Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday, joining the active roster after the team placed Leury Garcia on the 10-day disabled list with a left knee sprain.
Tilson, a Wilmette native and New Trier High School product, came over to the White Sox from the St. Louis Cardinals in a midseason trade in 2016 and got a hit in his first big league at-bat. But in the same game, he suffered a season-ending hamstring injury while trying to make a diving catch in the outfield. The following spring, he suffered another serious injury, a stress fracture in his foot, and was forced to sit out the entire season.
He missed out on an Opening Day roster spot this year when Adam Engel outperformed him during spring training. But the White Sox hope Tilson will be able to provide some production in an outfield that has struggled in that department this season. Engel, even after a four-hit night on Wednesday, is batting just .212. Trayce Thompson is hitting well under .200. And Avisail Garcia and Nicky Delmonico are dealing with their own significant injuries as Leury Garcia joins them on the DL.
Tilson batted .248 in 39 games at Charlotte this season prior to Thursday’s call-up. He had three hits in Wednesday night’s loss.
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Michael Kopech's outing was a mixed bag, with the White Sox top-ranked pitching prospect allowing only two earned runs but also walking four batters in his five innings of work. He did add eight strikeouts to his impressive season total and has punched out 61 hitters in 45.1 innings. Charlie Tilson had three hits in the 6-3 loss.
Class A Winston-Salem
The Dash split a doubleheader. Gavin Sheets had a huge game with three hits including a homer and a triple in the first contest, a 3-1 win. Luis Alexander Basabe had three hits with a home run in the other game, a 10-4 loss.
Eloy Jimenez and Zack Collins each had a hit and two walks in a 9-5 loss. The duo combined for three runs scored and an RBI.
Class A Kannapolis
Luis Gonzalez had two hits and Evan Skoug had a double in a 3-2 win.