He was asked about the game ball, which he hadn’t yet received, but Carlos Rodon already has several mementos from Saturday’s game.
Starting for the first time, the White Sox pitcher earned career victory No. 1 on Saturday night after he struck out eight batters over six good innings.
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The team’s No. 1 prospect -- whom one scout last March called one of the top 10 pitchers on the planet -- delivered the White Sox a much-needed 8-2 win in the nightcap of a doubleheader as they rebounded from a first-game blowout to the Cincinnati Reds.
Rodon already has several keepsakes in his possession as afterward he was presented with three lineup cards and his game-worn jersey authenticated by Major League Baseball. Rodon said he enjoyed the experience more than he thought he might.
“A lot more fun,” Rodon said.
Rodon allowed two earned runs and four hits with four walks over six innings. After Hector Noesi suffered an injury in the opener, the White Sox bullpen provided 7 1/3 innings. Manager Robin Ventura needed a lengthy performance and Rodon provided it in the second game.
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Though he hadn’t received the game ball yet, Rodon was hopeful he’d have it in his possession later.
“Maybe I’ll get it,” Rodon said.
Carlos Rodon has been part of the White Sox organization for five years and has never had a winning season and has been injured. Chuck Garfien is joined by Rodon to discuss his career with the White Sox, getting over his injuries and the determination to start winning now.
(2:13) - Where Rodon is physically
(7:00) - What it's like to come back from Tommy John surgery
(11:30) - It's time to start winning
(16:06) - Chuck's recap of the interview
Listen here or in the embedded player below.
White Sox Talk Podcast
Of all the excitement surrounding the White Sox entering 2020, Luis Robert might have the most juice right now.
After dominating three levels of the minors last season and fresh off signing a lucrative contract extension before even playing in a big league game, Robert has plenty of buzz around him. On Tuesday, he showed off a little bit of why in Cactus League action.
Robert roped a ball into the right-center field gap and raced to third for a triple.
Robert is known for his power and speed combination, which led to a 30-30 season in the minors last year. This is a good example of it.
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