Scott Carroll earns win for White Sox in his MLB debut; Abreu adds 4 RBIs
BY TONI GINNETTI Staff Reporter April 27, 2014 4:18PM
Updated: April 27, 2014 8:04PM
Scott Carroll had the look of a winner as soon as he walked into the Sox clubhouse Sunday, even though he had zero days of major-league experience on his resume.
‘‘He didn’t seem to be overwhelmed with anything,’’ catcher Tyler Flowers said. ‘‘Since he walked in before the game, he looked like he belonged to me and everyone and he showed it on the field.’’
Eight years in the minors and one year removed from Tommy John surgery, Carroll, 29, shined through 71/3 innings and a 9-2 Sox victory, becoming only the second Sox rookie starter to notch a win in his debut since 2000.
‘‘I’m on cloud nine right now,’’ he said after giving up only one earned run on six hits. ‘‘It’s awesome to have my friends and family here to support me and just be able to experience it with me. I couldn’t have asked for a better showing.’’
Carroll had 36 in his support group, including his mom who shared tears of joy.
‘‘I had to hold back some tears and fight through that because it’s been a long road for my family and me,’’ he said. ‘‘For me to finally achieve my dream, my mom, she’s an angel and she’s put in a lot of hard work take care of me through two surgeries.’’
Carroll was up to the challenge of facing Rays ace David Price (3-2), who gave up six earned runs and also had one of his team’s four errors in the five-run sixth.
‘‘As soon as I found out I was going against Price, I thought ‘what an opportunity,’ ’’ Carroll said.
More opportunities await, manager Robin Ventura said.
‘‘You have a guy who gets his first opportunity in the big leagues and takes advantage of it. He was throwing strikes, getting ground balls. He showed everybody what it’s like when you throw strikes.’’
No quick Sale
Chris Sale will need to resume some kind of baseball activity ‘‘in the next three days’’ to make a quick return from the disabled list, Ventura said.
‘‘We’re not just going to send him out there if he hasn’t thrown and we’re [not] 100 percent positive he’s OK.’’
Sale would be eligible to return on the next homestand if he doesn’t need extra time.