Sox appear ready to promote first-rounder Chris Sale

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Sox appear ready to promote first-rounder Chris Sale

Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010
Updated: 12:06 AM

By Brett Ballantini & Jeremy Lynn
CSNChicago.com

DETROIT Theres no word on whether he packs a bat called Wonderboy or will stop on the train ride way up to Detroit to strike out the Whammer, but Chris Sales remarkable ascendance up Chicagos organizational chart does look to be finally grinding to a halt on Wednesday, when the White Sox call the lefty up from Triple-A Charlotte.

While the move hasnt been officially announced, with lefthander Erick Threets on the DL the White Sox are limited to only southpaw Matt Thornton in the pen. Randy Williams, another lefty available to the White Sox and one who pitched for the team earlier in the season, threw out of the bullpen for Charlotte on Tuesday, likely eliminating him from callup contention.

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, who famously claims to be concerned only with the 25 men on his current, major-league roster, was fully ignorant of any pending Sale tomorrow.

Who? The skinny kid? asked the manager postgame. I just manage. They give him to me, and I just manage him.

General Manager Ken Williams made no comment on Tuesday, but had projected Sale as a possible late-season call-up, likening his potential impact to that of Bobby Jenks in 2005 and Mark Buehrle in 2000. In both of those seasons the pitchers were significant stretch-run rookies who would go on to have long careers in Chicago.

While Guillen and Williams are tight-lipped about Sale's immediate future, his father Allen made told news-press.com that his son "will be in Detroit (Wednesday)."

Sale is projected to be a future member of the starting rotationand not coincidentally is said to sport a changeup that compares well to Mark Buehrles killer slowballbut has seen his innings monitored in his first pro season.

Tuesday nights starter, Carlos Torres, was sent down after his six-inning, five-run effort vs. the Detroit Tigers, leaving a roster spot open for Wednesday.

Guillen speculated that Williams would need to talk to Charlotte pitching coach Richard Dotson before making a decision on bringing Sale up. Upon Sales signing in June, Williams sent the rookie specifically to Single-A Winston-Salem so he could be tutored by White Sox all-time saves leader Bobby Thigpen, who is the Dashs pitching coach.

The 6-foot-5-inch, 170-pound lefty has compiled some impressive numbers in his Winston-Salem and Charlotte stints. In 11 total games hes logged a 2.61 ERA, a 1.16 WHIP and 16.5 K9. In Charlotte alone, Sale sports an astronomical 21.3 K9.

Brett Ballantini is CSNChicago.coms White Sox Insider. Follow him @CSNChi_Beatnik on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Sox information.

Preview: Jose Quintana, White Sox look to win sixth straight game on CSN

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Todd Frazier, Miguel Gonzalez propel White Sox past Rays

Todd Frazier, Miguel Gonzalez propel White Sox past Rays

Todd Frazier reached the 40-home run plateau on Wednesday night and now his eyes are trained on 100 RBIs.

Frazier’s seventh-inning solo home run not only extended his hitting streak to 12 games, it provided the game’s only offense in a 1-0 White Sox victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in front of 12,976 at U.S. Cellular Field. Frazier became only the seventh player in franchise history to hit 40 homers in a season with his 394-foot drive off Rays pitcher Eddie Gamboa. The blast offered Miguel Gonzalez and David Robertson just enough support as they combined on a three-hit shutout. Robertson recorded his 37th save in 44 tries.

“It’s a big deal any time a guy rounds off that number,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “It’s always a big deal for you. He’s been wanting to get there for a while. I don’t know if you guys know, but he’s been talking about it for a while. I know I’ve heard it a lot. He’s been aiming for that. He wants to get 40 and 100 and especially if it counts like it did tonight and gets a guy a win.”

Frazier entered the game hitting .305/.374/.568 with six homers and 14 RBIs in September, easily his best month of the season. His homer came on a cold, windy night in which offense was at a premium.

The game was delayed for 21 minutes by rain, which continued through the first inning. The rains came again in the bottom of the third inning and delayed the contest for another 76 minutes.

Tampa’s third pitcher of the night, Gamboa’s 76-mph knuckleball caught too much of the plate and Frazier planted it about eight rows beyond the left-field bullpen with two outs in the seventh.

“Not many people have hit 40 home runs in a year so it’s a good feat to have,” Frazier said.

“It’s a great feat to have. I had a bunch of people text me ‘It’s coming. Today is the day.’ It wasn’t that much pressure. It was just a matter of knowing that it’s there and I’m glad to get it over with and now it’s on to another goal of mine.”

Frazier has never driven in 100 runs in a season. His 98 RBIs this season are nine more than his previous career high of 89 that he set in 2015.

Gonzalez hadn’t pitched into the ninth inning since he threw a four-hit shutout on Sept. 3, 2014. To get there he had to stay loose and sharp throughout the second delay of the night. Gonzalez threw twice during the delay, a total of 25 pitches in the indoor cage, and stretched to stay loose.

But being his final start, Gonzalez wanted to take advantage of the opportunity. He returned after the delay and was remarkable. He had stretches where he retired eight in a row in the middle and nine straight into the ninth before he yielded a one-out single to Logan Forsythe.

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He allowed three hits, walked none and struck out five. Gonzalez threw strikes on 71 of 102 pitches.

Robertson took over and needed only one pitch to record the save as Kevin Kiermaier grounded into a game-ending double play.

“It’s been a while since I’ve been out there for the ninth inning,” Gonzalez said. “It took me two years to get there, but they were swinging early. I made some good pitches early on. Got some quick outs, that’s what you got me to the ninth inning.

“Staying loose was really the most important thing for it.

“I was mentally prepared. Obviously you can’t get away with it. It was my last start. I was going out no matter what and didn’t give in and the results were there.”