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White Sox become only 20th team ever to score in every inning

White Sox become only 20th team ever to score in every inning

When Todd Frazier homered late Monday, he not only established a new career high but also helped the White Sox achieve a feat previously accomplished 19 times in baseball history.

The 398-foot homer — Frazier’s 36th of the season — gave the White Sox a run in every inning in which they batted. An 11-4 winner over the Cleveland Indians at U.S. Cellular Field, it was the second time in club history the White Sox have scored in every inning. The team also accomplished the feat on May 11, 1949 versus Boston.

“I didn’t know we scored in every inning, to be honest with you,” Frazier said. “That’s pretty cool. Only 20 times? Wow, that’s pretty cool. I don’t know what else to say. It’s neat. It’s different. Twenty times? You would think there would be a lot more than that, but we are in the record books again. That’s nice.”

There would seem to be some irony attached given how much the White Sox have struggled at times to score this season. They were shut out for the 11th time this season on Sunday and entered Monday ranked 13th among 15 American League teams in run scored.

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But the White Sox had no problem scoring against Carlos Carrasco and Co. on Monday.

Jose Abreu had an RBI groundout in the first and Omar Narvaez had a sac fly in the second inning. Abreu doubled in Tim Anderson in the third and Avisail Garcia homered in the fourth and Anderson singled in a run.

Then things got weird in the fifth inning.

That’s when Abreu, standing on third base after Lonnie Chisenhall misplayed Frazier’s single, scored on a passed ball on a third strike to Narvaez with two outs.

Eaton homered in the sixth, Tyler Saladino and Eaton both had run-scoring hits in the seventh and Frazier belted a two-run homer in the eighth.

The White Sox didn’t bat in the ninth inning.

It took a complete effort by the lineup as the White Sox finished with 16 hits, including a career high four by Garcia. The team’s 6-9 hitters finished with nine hits and scored six runs.

“We swung the bats tonight,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “All the way through the lineup everybody seemed to be clicking. When you’re knocking in runs with two outs it’s always going to be a big key. All the way through, it was a nice night. They didn’t let up. It was early, it was often.”

Prospects Zack Burdi, Luis Basabe to begin rehab stints in White Sox minors

Prospects Zack Burdi, Luis Basabe to begin rehab stints in White Sox minors

Tommy John surgeries have knocked out two top White Sox pitching prospects for 2019 (Michael Kopech and Dane Dunning), but one pitching prospect is set to make a notable step in his return from the surgery.

Zack Burdi will join Single-A Kannapolis on a rehab stint on Monday. Burdi had Tommy John surgery in July of 2017. In his first game action since the surgery, he made seven appearances last August with the Arizona League White Sox (rookie level). The Downers Grove native made five more appearances in the Arizona Fall League before being pulled from the league due to “general fatigue.” He talked about his recovery process on an episode of the White Sox Talk Podcast.

In spring training, Burdi was not invited to major league camp and he wasn’t on a minor league roster when the season began. With this news, he is set to hit another milestone in his return. If all goes well in Kannapolis, it is expected that Burdi will join Triple-A Charlotte, where he was in 2017 when he got hurt.

If Burdi can recapture his stuff, which profiled him as a back end of the bullpen pitcher, he could even join the White Sox sometime in 2019. He has to show he is healthy and back to his old self first though. The 24-year-old was taken with the 26th pick in the 2016 draft and is the No. 16 prospect in the system according to MLB Pipeline.

Another prospect will be joining Burdi in Kannapolis on a rehab assignment. Outfielder Luis Alexander Basabe, No. 7 prospect in the system, will also join the Intimidators on Monday. Basabe broke the hamate bone in his left hand during batting practice in spring training. It was initially estimated that he would return in late May, so Basabe appears to be ahead of schedule. The 22-year-old spent the second half of 2019 with Double-A Birmingham and is expected to return there after rehabbing with Kannapolis.

Elsewhere on the White Sox prospect injury watch, Luis Robert left a game on Saturday with soreness in his left hand and is reportedly day-to-day. He was hit by a pitch in the first game of a doubleheader for Single-A Winston-Salem. He made one at-bat in the second game, a leadoff groundout, and then was taken out of the game. He did not play on Sunday.

Robert endured an injury-plagued 2018. He was limited to 50 games, but has been on fire early in 2019. Robert leads the Carolina League in batting average (.475), home runs (6), hits (28), runs (16), on-base percentage (.530) and slugging percentage (.915) and is tied for the league lead in RBIs (18) and stolen bases (7).

 

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Saturday's White Sox-Tigers game postponed due to rain; makeup scheduled for August

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Saturday's White Sox-Tigers game postponed due to rain; makeup scheduled for August

The White Sox and Tigers were likely to start Saturday's game (12:10 p.m. CT) in a rain delay. Instead, the game has been pushed back altogether.

With rain expected all afternoon in Detroit, Saturday's game has been postponed. A makeup is scheduled for Aug. 6 at 12:10 p.m. as part of a split doubleheader. The originally scheduled game will start at 6:10 p.m. CT.

According to a press release, all paid tickets from Saturday's game will be valid for the first game of the doubleheader.

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