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Jeff Samardzija provides third strong start in a row for Sox

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Jeff Samardzija provides third strong start in a row for Sox

TORONTO -- Jeff Samardzija didn’t earn the win on Wednesday afternoon but he deserved one.

Though he had to work overtime to limit a hot Toronto Blue Jays lineup, Samardzija effectively danced in and out of trouble over seven strong innings. The White Sox bullpen blew a chance for Samardzija to earn a third straight victory, but his offense rallied to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 in 10 innings.

“Shark pitched a great game,” manager Robin Ventura said. “He's just been kind of on time with everything. Really aggressive, emotionally gets stronger as the game goes along. He pitched a great game.”

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Samardzija said he knew the score with the White Sox having lost four straight and headed to Baltimore on Thursday to play a doubleheader. The right-hander knew he had to work deep into the game to help out the bullpen and pitched around eight hits. After he threw 39 pitches the first two frames, Samardzija averaged 14.8 over the next five innings. That allowed Samardzija to get through the ever-dangerous top portion of the Jays lineup four times.

“With the double header, and then two more road trips after that, I just knew I couldn't go out and throw a short-inning performance,” Samardzija said. “I had to get deep into the game and hopefully save our bullpen for this long stretch.”

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Samardzija has done just that with 23 innings and a 1.96 ERA over his past three starts. He threw strikes on 78 of 114 pitches on Wednesday and effectively used all five of his pitches.

The effort lowered Samardzija’s season ERA to 3.84. He’s scheduled to pitch again next Tuesday in the opener of a three-game series at Texas.

“I feel good man,” Samardzija said. “Start of the season, a lot of time's it's great and sometimes it's not. You gotta get into the swing of things and get used to things and definitely don't panic. I feel great and looking forward to get back out there.”

White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 2

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 2

In Part 2 of "Ask Us Anything" we answer the following questions: Who will be the biggest free agent the White Sox sign this off-season? What are the chances they trade Avi Garcia before the deadline? What's your assessment so far of Luis Robert?  Who's on your all-time busted prospect list? Is Omar Vizquel the next White Sox manager? Would the 1994 White Sox have won the World Series if there wasn't a strike?  What's the long term plan at third base? These questions and many more on this edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast.

If you missed Part 1 of 'Ask Us Anything', you can listen to the full episode here 

Listen to the full Part 2 of 'Ask Us Anything' at this link or in the embedded player below: 

 

White Sox catching prospect mentioned in some elite company

White Sox catching prospect mentioned in some elite company

White Sox catching prospect Zack Collins is being talked about in some elite company after a recent accomplishment.

Collins participated in the Southern League Home Run Derby in Double-A earlier this evening for the Birmingham Barons, and he secured his first career home run derby win.

Now, this is cool, thanks to NBC Sports Chicago’s stats guru Chris Kamka: Dating way back to 1895, Babe Ruth was born on Feb. 6, 1895. Collins was born on the same day as Ruth, but 100 years later.

It’s still way too early to make any sort of comparisons, but it’s a fun way to connect the two.

Collins so far this season is hitting .267 with 9 HR, 33 RBI’s and 59 BB in 62 games. Those walks lead the Southern League. The next highest is 39.

Collins is hitting much better than he did when he was with Single-A Winston-Salem last season. Collins hit a mere .233 in 101 games.

Think about this too. Rick Hahn mentioned several White Sox prospects will get promotions in the coming days. Could this mean Collins will get his opportunity? We’ll just have to wait and see.