Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, June 9th
(All times Eastern)
Houston Astros (25-33) at Chicago White Sox (32-26), 4:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Houston - Jordan Lyles (1-1, 4.97)
Chicago - Chris Sale (7-2, 2.30)
(Sports Network) - After capturing AL Pitcher of the Month in May, Chicago
White Sox hurler Chris Sale looks to keep rolling in June when he takes the
ball today against the Houston Astros at U.S. Cellular Field.
Sale went 4-1 with a league-leading 1.71 earned run average in six games (5
starts) last month, striking out 35 batters to nine walks through 31 2/3
innings. Sale, who struck out a career-high 15 batters in 7 1/3 innings
against Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field on May 28, tossed his first complete game
in a 4-2 victory Sunday versus Seattle.
The young left-hander held the Mariners to a pair of runs and five hits with
eight K's and two walks. Sale has gone seven innings or more in each of his
last three starts and is 7-2 with a 2.29 ERA in 11 outings, 10 of which have
been starts, this season. He has never faced Houston and sports a 3-2 mark in
five home starts.
Gavin Floyd's first-ever appearance against the Astros didn't go so well in
Friday's 8-3 loss in the series opener. The right-hander struggled through six
innings and was tagged for four runs and four hits, including a pair of home
runs and two walks. He struck out nine batters.
"When you fall behind, you give a guy the ability to sit on it and go after a
fastball. His location needs to be better when they are in hitter's counts,"
Chicago manager Robin Ventura said about Floyd.
Adam Dunn and Alexei Ramirez both had two hits and an RBI, as the White Sox
saw their lead atop the American League Central dwindle down to just one-half
game ahead of the Cleveland. The Indians won last night in St. Louis.
Dunn still needs one home run to tie Harold Baines for 58th place all-time
with 384. White Sox outfielder Dayan Viciedo left the game after five innings
with tightness in both hamstrings. He is day-to-day and batting .267 with 12
homers and 29 runs batted in.
Paul Konerko finished 0-for-5 for Chicago in his second game back after
missing three with a balky wrist. Chicago entered the game having won 15 of 19
games and is 3-4 on a nine-game homestand.
Houston kicked off a nine-game trek on the right foot and has won three of
five games since losing eight in a row.
The Astros used the long ball to dispose of Floyd and the White Sox. Brian
Bogusevic clubbed a three-run homer, Jed Lowrie hit a two-run shot and Brett
Wallace also went deep, helping Houston overcome a 12-8 difference in hits.
"We played a lot of close games this year. Early on, we were kind of on the
short end of a lot of them and it takes time to learn to do the little things
that kind of turn it in your favor," said Bogusevic.
Astros third baseman Chris Johnson left the game in the sixth inning with an
illness and was replaced by Brian Bixler in his first game up from Triple-A
Oklahoma City. Johnson was 0-for-3 and Bixler struck out in his only at-bat.
Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez held on for the win even though he gave up
three runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Coming off his first win of the season, Astros starter Jordan Lyles will
handle pitching duties Saturday. Lyles earned his first win of the season in
Sunday's 5-3 verdict over Cincinnati and lasted a season-long seven innings,
yielding two runs and five hits. He had been 0-1 in his first four outings.
Lyles is 1-1 with a 4.97 earned run average in five starts this season and 0-0
with a 4.24 ERA in three starts at Minute Maid Park. The righty has never
faced the White Sox.
Houston and Chicago were participants in the 2005 World Series won by the
White Sox in four games. It was Chicago's first title since 1917. The two
clubs met again in interleague play in 2007, when the Astros won two of three
games in the Windy City. Chicago holds a 10-9 advantage against the Astros
with a 7-6 home mark during interleague action.
Houston is 109-125 against the American League and Chicago owns a 151-112
record against the Senior Circuit.
06/09 10:37:14 ET