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On the hill: Chris Sale (9-12, 3.08 ERA); Jarred Cosart (1-1, 1.60 ERA)
Sale vs. Astros: 0-1, 0.00 ERA, 14 K's, 1 Walk, 8 IP
Cosart on the road: 1-1, 1.36 ERA, 14 K's, 13 Walks, 33 IP
Astros at at a glance: 44-87 (5th in American League West, 30 games out of first place)
Getting back on their feet After a mostly disappointing season, the White Sox are starting to get back on their feet as tallied another win Tuesday night. Tonight they'll aim to win their fifth consecutive series.
Astros pitching leaders: Wins - Lucas Harrell (6); ERA - Harrell (5.55); Strikeouts - Erik Bedard (114); Saves - Jose Veras (19)
Astros batting leaders: Average - Jason Castro (.282); Home runs - Chris Carter (25); RBIs - Carter (69); On-base percentage - Castro (.358)
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John Danks was Jordan Danks’ brother on Tuesday night.
For much of their careers it has been the other way around as the pitcher has had far more notoriety than his younger brother.
But Jordan Danks continued the hottest streak of his career Tuesday with three hits, including a two-run single in the eighth inning to lift the White Sox to a 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros at U.S. Cellular Field.
Danks, who doubled earlier to extend his hitting streak to nine games, was given the chance to face left-hander Erik Bedard and capitalized as he put the White Sox ahead with a two-out, bases-loaded single to center. The White Sox have won nine of their last 11 games and look for their sixth series victory in seven when Chris Sale faces Jarred Cosart on Wednesday night.
“He’s Jordan Danks’ brother,” the outfielder said with a smile. “I’m feeling good at the plate and I was really happy that Robin let me stay in there ... a lot of times I don’t get to face guys like that, especially with guys in scoring position. But I always like to be that guy.”
Jordan Danks has to love the position in which he currently sits.
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For the first time in two seasons with the White Sox he has had a chance to play more than once a week. The outfielder has thrived, extending a career-best hitting streak to nine games with a third-inning double off Astros starter Paul Clemens. He also doubled in the seventh inning.
Given his success, Ventura elected to keep Jordan Danks in the game with the White Sox down 3-2 and the bases loaded. Danks made his manager’s decision look good as he took two close pitches for balls and singled up the middle on a 2-1 offering to drive in two.
Paul Konerko had an RBI single earlier in the inning off Bedard.
“He’s been doing great,” Ventura said. “Ever since he came back he’s been swinging it good, playing good defense. He seems to be in the middle of everything.”
John Danks isn’t surprised by his younger brother’s success.
Even as his sibling bounced back and forth between Triple-A Charlotte, John Danks has always believed Jordan has the talent to stick in the majors.
He’s just never had the chance and now that he has --- Jordan Danks was recalled on July 31 --- the talent has begun to show itself.
Over the nine-game hitting streak, Jordan Danks is hitting .438 (14-for-38).
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“I’ve known deep down this whole time how good a player he is,” John Danks said. “It just didn’t work out. He was always the fourth or fifth outfielder. That’s no disrespect to anyone else. They had their job. But it is fun to see Jordan get some consistent at-bats and have a little success, kind of get in a groove and show what he’s capable of.”
Of course that has led to a little confusion. More often than not people recently have yelled “Jordan” in John’s direction. When the White Sox were in Minneapolis earlier this month, the video screen had John’s mug on the board when Jordan was at the plate.
And of course his younger brother now has the courage and confidence to claim that John Danks, who went 40-31 for the White Sox over a three-year stretch, is his brother.
“Sometimes,” John Danks said with a laugh. “Definitely happy for him. In the bigger picture he’s helping us win and that’s what’s most important.”