A Gavin Floyd oddity


A Gavin Floyd oddity

Via CSNChicago.com's Chris Kamka, Gavin Floyd joined four other pitches in White Sox history to hit double-digit batters while throwing double-digit wild pitches. The list, to say the list, is interesting:

Roy Patterson (11 HBP, 10 WP -- 1901)
Frank Smith (12 HBP, 12 WP -- 1904)
Kip Wells (12 HBP, 14 WP -- 2001)
Jose Contreras (10 HBP, 16 WP -- 2006)
Gavin Floyd (11 HBP, 12 WP -- 2011)

So after two such seasons in the first five years of the franchise's existence, the Sox went 97 seasons without a pitcher accomplishing this feat. And then it's happened three times in the last 10 years.

And while we're on the subject of random trivia, the White Sox season high in runs came on Opening Day last year. It was the third time in team history that's happened, with 17-3 and 15-8 Opening Day wins in 1951 and 1908 representing the other two instances.

Tim Anderson's birthday present from home plate umpire was first major-league ejection

Tim Anderson's birthday present from home plate umpire was first major-league ejection

On his 24th birthday, Tim Anderson’s present from home plate umpire Jim Wolf was his first major-league ejection.

In the fifth inning of the White Sox 3-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics, Anderson fouled off a pitch that landed in the opposing batter’s box. But A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell picked it up in what was ruled to be fair territory and threw the ball to first for the out.

Anderson pleaded his case saying the ball went foul. Wolf agreed, according to Anderson, which only further confused the White Sox shortstop.

“I told him that was BS,” Anderson said. “And he tossed me.”

Anderson said that he was surprised to be ejected so fast. So was manager Rick Renteria, who was thrown out moments after Anderson.

“I don’t want to get in trouble,” Renteria said. “The players having emotion, they are battling. I just think we need to grow a little thicker skin.”

Anderson said that he was appreciative of his manager coming to his defense.

“He kinda had a point and let me know he had my back,” Anderson said of Renteria. “Speaks a lot of him.”

A day after scoring nine runs on 18 hits, the White Sox failed to generate any offense on Friday. The team’s best chance came in the ninth inning.

But with runners at the corners and two outs, Matt Davidson put a good rip on the ball to center field, only to fly out at the warning track.

Anderson and Renteria were watching the game together in the clubhouse, and both believed the White Sox had tied the ballgame.

“We all jumped up and were excited but it kind of fell short,” Anderson said.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Exclusive interview with Mark Buehrle


White Sox Talk Podcast: Exclusive interview with Mark Buehrle

On the latest edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast, Chuck Garfien goes 1-on-1 with the star of the weekend, Mark Buehrle.

Buehrle tells an absolutely amazing bachelor party story and discloses why he wore No. 56.

Take a trip down memory lane and listen to the White Sox Talk Podcast here