“Who Knew?” is back for 2019.
If you haven’t read this column before, once a week or so, I compile oddities, records and fun facts from White Sox baseball. This is the first installment of 2019. The season is off to a 1-3 start, but there are still fun notes to be found. Here we go:
White Sox are still the only team in the majors not to allow a home run!
Even through Sunday’s games, they were the lone team with a zero in the home runs allowed column. Compare that to the Diamondbacks, who coughed up 14 long ones in their four-game set with the Dodgers. Last season, the Sox allowed a home run to the fourth batter of the season, with four through the first three games. This season, they start the season with (at least) four straight games without a homer allowed. The last time prior to this season they went four in a row to start the season? 2010. Before that? 1979. Before that? 1930!
Lucas Giolito took a no-hitter into the seventh inning
The 6 1/3 inning no-hit bid is the longest by a White Sox pitcher within the first three games of a season since Billy Pierce lost his with two outs in the seventh inning on April 16, 1953 (the second game of the season).
Two runs allowed over 6 2/3 innings for Giolito isn’t bad, considering that his 6.13 ERA was the highest in the majors among 57 qualified pitchers last season.
Cuba x 4
The first four White Sox home runs this season - all by Cuban-born players. José Abreu, Yoán Moncada, Abreu again and Yonder Alonso.
When Abreu and Alonso hit back-to-back blasts in the fourth inning on Sunday, it was the first time in White Sox history a pair of Cuban-born players hit back-to-back home runs.
José Abreu hit his second and third career home runs in March, tying Matt Davidson for the White Sox career record in that month. All three of Davidson’s home runs in March came in the 2018 season opener on March 29.
Yonder is taking his walks
Yonder Alonso is the first White Sox player since Danny Tartabull in 1996 to draw at least one walk in each of the first four games of a season.
He has six walks to only two strikeouts early on this season.
Moncada is averaging under a strikeout a game!
In 2018, Moncada led themMajors with 217 strikeouts. He had 136 hits.
Through four games in 2019. Moncada has seven hits and only three strikeouts. He has as many extra-base hits (3) as strikeouts. So far, so good.
In his White Sox debut, Iván Nova tossed seven innings allowing only a single run.
He’s the first White Sox pitcher with 7+ innings and one or fewer runs allowed in a White Sox debut since Edwin Jackson in 2010. Before that, it was Orlando “El Duque” Hernández in 2005.
Jiménez collected his first two career RBIs in the first three games vs. the Royals, neither of which came on a hit. The first one was opening day when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. The second one was Sunday when he drew a bases loaded walk. Of players to debut with the White Sox during the expansion era (1961-present), he’s the only one whose first two career RBIs each came with the White Sox as a bases loaded walk or HBP (thanks to the Elias Sports Bureau for research assistance).
From the 108 department
On Monday, Daniel Palka (who set an AL rookie record with four pinch-hit HR in 2018) was pinch-hit for by Ryan Cordell, who hit .108 (4-for-37) in 2018.
Then Cordell homered. Off Jon Edwards, who was born 1/08/1988. You can’t make this stuff up. Baseball is awesome. Even if what transpired after that home run was NOT awesome.