Every weekday throughout the offseason, CSN White Sox Talk will pass along three completely trivial (but hopefully interesting) tidbits from White Sox history. Most of these notes come from Baseball-Reference's Play Index. Today, we look at pitchers who were afraid or not allowed to pitch to Frank Thomas.
10: The number of walks Gary Peters allowed on Sept. 13, 1967. He pitched an 11-inning complete game, struck out seven, allowed one hit and no runs. That walk total is the highest for any White Sox pitcher who allowed no runs in an outing. Peters only induced three double plays and didn't pick anyone off in the start, which is somewhat surprising given the shutout.
3: The number of times Jose Contreras walked at least five in a start an escaped without allowing a run. No other White Sox pitcher this decade can say they've done that. Two of those starts came in 2007, Contreras' worst year in a Sox uniform, but on Sept. 7, 2005, Contreras walked five over 7 23 innings without allowing a run in a 1-0 win over Kansas City.
12: The most number of walks a White Sox pitcher has ever allowed in a game, that dozen coming from the right arm of Vallie Eaves on April 22, 1940 against Detroit. Eaves threw 7 23 innings, allowing four runs (three earned) and struck out seven with those 12 free passes.
Bonus: No White Sox pitcher has walked eight or more opponents in a game since Scott Eyre walked eight Angels on May 12, 1998. The last White Sox pitcher to walk seven in a start is Jake Peavy, who allowed seven walks, hits and runs against the Rays April 22, 2010.
When Chris Sale was with the White Sox, fans dreamed of seeing him headline a postseason playoff rotation.
That never materialized in his time with the White Sox, but Sale is headlining a World Series rotation for the Red Sox. The 29-year-old pitched Game 1 for the Red Sox against the Dodgers on Tuesday.
Sale didn't last long, making it into the fifth and getting pulled before recording an out. In those 4+ innings, Sale gave up three runs while striking out seven.
One of the key plays of the game featured Manny Machado getting an RBI single against Sale in the third inning to tie the game at 2-2. Machado later had an RBI groundout to again tie the game in the fifth before Boston regained the lead in the bottom half of that inning.
Was that a meeting of the White Sox past (Sale) against the White Sox future (Machado)? Machado will be a highly sought after free agent this winter and the White Sox have been connected to the former Orioles infielder since last offseason.
Game 1 featured a stellar pitching matchup of Sale against Clayton Kershaw, but it didn't materialize as it looked on paper. Sale labored while Kershaw gave up five runs in 4+ innings.
This postseason hasn't been a standout one for Sale. The lefty has a 4.40 ERA in 16 1/3 innings over four appearances (three starts and a relief appearance).
The longer Chris Sale is with the Red Sox, the less this will feel relevant to the White Sox, but it is still something to see the longtime White Sox ace on the mound starting a World Series opener.
Former White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski comes on the podcast and tells Chuck Garfien why he’d sign Nolan Arenado over Manny Machado (6:15).
Pierzynski criticizes Machado for saying that he doesn’t play hard everyday (7:08). Would he make Machado the face of the White Sox franchise? (12:30)
He also talks about how bullpenning cost the Milwaukee Brewers a spot in the World Series (14:45).
He reveals the former White Sox player who had a gift for recognizing players who tipped their pitches (21:00). Pierzynski tells behind the scenes stories about former teammates Nick Swisher, Bartolo Colon, Gavin Floyd and more (28:00).
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