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Jerry Sands makes most of rare start in White Sox victory

Jerry Sands makes most of rare start in White Sox victory

Jerry Sands made the most of his 10th start of the season on Thursday night.

The White Sox designated hitter had a sense the curveball was coming in his first at-bat and then eliminated it from his gameplan the rest of the way. Sands’ approach resulted in two critical hits in support of Chris Sale in a 2-1 White Sox win over the Houston Astros at U.S. Cellular Field. Sands had his team’s only hits with runners in scoring position as Sale won for the ninth time in nine starts.   

“It’s huge,” Sands said. “You think the one (run) is enough most of the time. It’s obviously good to scratch another one just in case (Evan) Gattis runs into one.

“You obviously try and get as many as you can. But one early is big, lets him get after some guys. (Sale is) the horse he’s been all year and been for the last four or five years. It’s fun to watch.”

Sands got to Collin McHugh right before he found his rhythm.

Making his first start since May 4, Sands batted with a man on second and two outs in the second inning. McHugh quickly got ahead 0-2 in the count. Sands took a pair of curveballs for balls, fouled off a fastball and a curveball and took a cut-fastball for a ball to make it a 3-2 count. Sands said he then looked for a curveball from McHugh and got just enough of one to dump it over the head of Jose Altuve for an RBI single and a 1-0 lead.

“One run for a guy like Chris, those good starters, can sometimes feel like four,” shortstop Jimmy Rollins said.

Fortunately for Sale and the White Sox, they got him two.

An inning after Adam Eaton was stranded on third after a leadoff triple, the White Sox added some insurance in the seventh.

Rollins reached on an infield single and stole second base. Batting with one out, Sands fell behind McHugh 0-2 in the count. Having noticed McHugh was only throwing his curve in the dirt once he got ahead, Sands decided to eliminate the pitch and look only for the fastball. He took a curve for a ball, fouled off a fastball, took another heater for a ball and then singled to left on a cut-fastball to put runners on the corners. Alex Avila’s sac fly made it a 2-0 game and the run proved critical when Gattis homered in the top of the eighth.

“It was a huge run,” Rollin said. “When Gattis hit the home run I was like, ‘That’s why you keep pushing.’ We had the opportunity earlier when Adam hit the triple, we didn’t get him in. Alex had a big at-bat, did what he was supposed to do.”

Rollins said of Sands’ effort: “That’s winning baseball. Robin (Ventura) has been getting guys at-bats, as many as possible, so when they do get a chance they feel like they’ve had at-bats recently and they have some rhythm and timing.”

White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

For many White Sox fans, Comiskey Park was their introduction to White Sox baseball when they were young. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey, and Chris Kamka share their memories of the old ballpark. Among them: Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl, Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball, Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game, they discuss the final game ever played there and read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

You can listen to the whole thing right here, or in the embedded player below.

8:26 - Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl.

10:11 - Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball.

12:49 - Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game

15:11 - The guys talk about the final game ever played there.

16:44 - The guys read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

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'White Sox to the Letter'

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'White Sox to the Letter'

Inspired by Ogden Nash’s 1949 poem “A Lineup for Yesterday”

 

A is for A.J.

Once punched in the face

If strike three ain’t caught

He’ll steal first base

 

B is for Baines

Who’s known to speak gently

When asked if he’ll homer

He said, “Evidently!”

 

C for Comiskey

The old baseball yard

When it was torn down

I took it quite hard

 

D is for Donkey

I mean Adam Dunn

He’d strike out or walk

Or hit a home run

 

E is for Eloy

He isn’t here yet

Though an All-Star career

Is still a good bet

 

F is for Fisk

The incomparable Pudge

From his perch behind home

Not an inch he would budge

 

G is for Gold

G is for Glove

Aparicio is

Who I’m thinking of

 

H is for Hawk

Unforgettable voice

Stretch! Dadgummit!

And don’t stop now boys!

 

I for Iguchi

Second base man

Won World Series

Returned to Japan

 

J is for Jackson

The legend still grows

A home run or touchdown

Only Bo knows

 

K is for Kopech

Speed, he has plenty

He’ll pile up strikeouts

In two thousand twenty

 

L is for Luke

Old Aches and Pains

Hit .388

That record remains

 

M is for Mark

As in Mister Buehrle

When he takes the mound

The game will end early

 

N is for no-no

Wilson Alvarez, Humber

Two by Mark Buehrle

Too many to number

 

O for Orestes

Miñoso’s real name

Not in the Hall

And that’s a real shame

 

P is for Paulie

He gave it his all

At the championship rally

Gave Jerry the ball

 

Q for Quintana

Kept coming up short

Only because

Of no run support

 

R is for Richie

But please call him Dick

A dangerous man

When he’s swinging the stick

 

S is for shoes

Which were not worn by Joe

In 1919

Please say it ain’t so

 

T is for Thomas

Amazing career

He went to the Hall

And brewed Big Hurt Beer

 

U for Uribe

He played everywhere

When the ball left his bat

Hands waved in the air

 

V is for Veeck

He knew how to sell

Fireworks, promotions

And Eddie Gaedel

 

W is for William

Or Bill; He was Beltin’

So hot was the corner

Third baseman was Melton

 

X is for Fox

At least the last letter

Among second basemen

Nobody was better

 

Y is for Yolmer

He has sneaky power

The master of giving

A Gatorade shower

 

Z is for Zisk

And others I missed

Unable to fit

In my White Sox list