Sox Drawer: Frank Being Frank

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Sox Drawer: Frank Being Frank

Tuesday, April 20, 2010
7:54 PM

By Chuck Garfien
CSNChicago.com

It's never a good sign when your team has only one player batting over .300 and it's the back-up catcher.

That's the White Sox reality right now. A team hitting .220, 28th in the majors. And if it wasn't for Donny Lucy's sparkling .500 average (in 6 at-bats) it would be worse.

But I interrupt your White Sox panic attack to deliver the following message:

It's April. Almost May. But still April.

Or as a surprisingly calm Kenny Williams said on Monday "it's just 13 games." There are 149 left.

And if the sometimes angry, occasionally surly Sox GM is this relaxed with his team buried in last place right now, you can be too.

Well, maybe not relaxed. How about cautiously optimistic with a heavy dose of patience.

Before Monday's game against Tampa, the Sox had a visitor in the clubhouse razzing guys in an effort to lighten the mood.

Frank Thomas.

He was acting as friend, cheerleader, and stand-up comic. That's right. Big Frank Thomas doing his best Don Rickles impression.

Eventually A.J. Pierzynski had seen enough, yelling at the Sox legend and CSN analyst, "Get the @& out of here! No media allowed!!"

Here's Frank and I talking about the Sox struggles before the game. Thomas has been through them before. Good wisdom here from the Big Hurt.

Chuck Garfien hosts White Sox Pregame and Postgame Live on Comcast SportsNet with former Sox slugger Bill Melton. Follow Chuck @ChuckGarfien on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Sox news and views.

Young White Sox players star in win over Twins

Young White Sox players star in win over Twins

Carlos Rodon highlighted a big night for several young White Sox players on Friday.

Rodon tied an American League record with seven consecutive strikeouts to start a contest in a 7-3 White Sox victory over the Minnesota Twins in front 19,007 at U.S. Cellular Field.

Shortstop Tim Anderson finished a double short of the cycle and catcher Omar Narvaez hit the first home run of his career in support of Rodon, who struck out 10.

Rodon capped off an excellent second half of his season with his second straight double-digit strikeout performance. He whiffed 11 in Sunday’s dominating win at Cleveland, including the last three batters he faced.

When he struck out the first seven on Friday, he tied a club and AL mark set by White Sox hurler Joe Cowley on May 28, 1986 in a loss at the Texas Rangers. Rodon’s 10 straight strikeouts between the two games matched the most by a major league pitcher since Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Eric Gagne did the same in 2003.

[SHOP: Gear up, White Sox fans!]

Rodon was slowed down by a 31-pitch sixth inning as he allowed three runs (two earned). He yielded three hits, walked three and struck out 10 to improve to 7-3 with a 3.45 ERA since the All-Star break. The left-hander struck out 77 batters in 73 innings from July 31st through the end of the season.

Anderson had a chance in the eighth inning to complete the cycle. Needing only a double after he tripled and homered in his first two at-bats, Anderson grounded out and finished 3-for-5.

He tripled off the glove of Byron Buxton in the first inning and scored on Melky Cabrera’s RBI double.

Anderson blasted a two-run homer in the third inning to give the White Sox a 4-0 lead and Jose Abreu drove in his 99th run with a double to put the White Sox up by five.

Narvaez led off the fourth inning with a solo homer off Pat Dean to give the White Sox a six-run cushion. Narvaez’s drive traveled 377 feet. 

Carlos Rodon sets White Sox, AL record with seven straight strikeouts to open game

Carlos Rodon sets White Sox, AL record with seven straight strikeouts to open game

White Sox pitcher Carlos Rodon tied an American League and a team record when he started Friday night’s contest with seven consecutive strikeouts against the Minnesota Twins.

Rodon, who struck out 11 in his previous turn on Sunday, matched the mark set by White Sox hurler Joe Cowley on May 28, 1986 in a loss at the Texas Rangers.

Of Rodon’s seven strikeouts, two were on called third strikes by plate umpire Tripp Gibson. Twins outfielder Logan Schafer snapped the streak with a one-out double in the top of the third inning.

Houston’s Jim Deshaies (1986) and the New York Mets’ Jacob de Grom (2014) hold the major league record with eight straight strikeouts to start a game.

[SHOP: Gear up, White Sox fans!]

Doug Fister set the AL record with nine consecutive strikeouts in 2012 and Tom Seaver holds the MLB record with 10 straight in 1970.

Combined with Sunday’s start, when he struck out the side in the eighth at the Cleveland Indians, Rodon whiffed 10 straight batters. Rodon’s run is the longest consecutive strikeout streak in the majors since Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Eric Gagne struck out 10 in a row in May 2003.