The White Sox impressive resume continues to grow as Chris Sale is named American League Pitcher of the Month for May.
This is the South Sider's second consecutive monthly award after Jake Peavy received the same honor in April.
Sale went 4-1 with a 1.71 ERA, recorded 35 strikeouts, and has limited opponents to a .181 batting average over five starts and six games throughout the month. The 23-year old left-hander led the AL in ERA and ranks third in opponents average and eighth in strikeouts.
Sale's 7.0 scoreless IP and 15 strikeouts in his May 28 victory against Tampa Bay left him on a three-game winning streak with a 0.92 ERA.
In his first full season as a starter, Sale is 6-2 with a 2.34 ERA. He's pitched 61 strikeouts and six quality starts over 10 games, allowing three runs or less in his nine starts.
Sale's honor is the fifth AL award the Sox have won during the course of the 2012 season. He now joins Peavy, as well as Paul Konerko and Philip Humber, who each earned Player of the Week honors.
White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito isn't having a great season, but at least it looks like his Twitter account could pass a background check.
A Twitter user dug through some of Giolito's tweets from his teenage years. He didn't find much in the way of hateful, mean or angry tweets. Instead, he found candy, touch tanks at the aquarium and animated movies.
The tweet got plenty of attention on the platform, leading Giolito to comment on it. Giolito took the joke with a good sense of humor and made a joke at his own expense.
This kind of makes you wonder what else would qualify as Giolito's "dark side." Maybe this will spawn a series of Lucas Giolito facts like the very tame version of Chuck Norris or The Most Interesting Man in the World.
Tonight, White Sox Triple-A affiliate Charlotte (44-52) will go head-to-head with the Pawtucket Red Sox (45-49) on NBC Sports Chicago at 6 p.m.
Top pitching prospect Michael Kopech (2-5, 4.88 ERA) faces William Cuevas (5-3, 3.21 ERA) at BB&T Ballpark. The flame-throwing Kopech is coming off an 11-strikeout performance in his last start when he completed six innings of work and allowed only four hits and one earned run.
Kopech has been inconsistent for the Knights this season, but leads the International League with a whopping 122 strikeouts. He had a forgettable month of June, when he went 1-4 with a 5.46 ERA, but he looks to be getting on the right track recently.
Charlotte’s batting lineup is highlighted by White Sox No. 1 prospect Eloy Jimenez, who has performed well since his promotion from Double-A Birmingham in mid-June. The powerful hitter has a .283/.348/.483 slash line with three home runs in 60 at-bats with the Knights.
Reliever Ian Hamilton (2.71 ERA), who is ranked by MLB Pipeline as the No. 18 White Sox prospect, has served as the team’s closer since his June promotion to Triple-A. The 23-year-old has converted four of five save opportunities with Charlotte, making him a player to monitor during tonight’s game. He has 10 strikeouts with only two walks in 9 2/3 innings.