For Chris Sale, quality is job done vs. Giants
By Daryl Van Schouwen Staff Reporter June 18, 2014 10:30PM
Updated: June 18, 2014 10:34PM
Chris Sale had to settle for a quality start Wednesday. As it turned out, that was barely good enough to help the White Sox win a game.
“I was good,’’ said Sale, who was pulled during the seventh inning of the Sox’ 7-6 victory over the Giants leading 7-2. “My fastball command was a little shaky. I had to battle through it.’’
Sale’s line was six innings and three runs, eight hits and a walk allowed. After striking out the side in the first inning and getting five K’s the first time through the lineup, he finished with seven strikeouts. His record improved to 6-1, and his ERA stands at 2.20.
“[Catcher Tyler Flowers] doing what he does back there and knowing what to do, we got through that together,’’ said Sale, who notched the 50th quality start of 69 in his career.
Sale has been so good that quality starts — three earned runs or fewer over six or more innings — have rarely been a topic of discussion. He allowed a hit before the fourth inning for the first time in six starts, and being just good enough to win was good enough for Sale.
“Anytime you have a team like that coming in and you can take both games, it’s huge,’’ he said. “Especially going on the road [for 11 games], it’s always important to get off on the right foot before you go on the road.’’
Bright and early
Manager Robin Ventura didn’t require players to be at the park till 10:45 a.m., but many arrived early, including Paul Konerko, Gordon Beckham and Adam Eaton.
Eaton got six or seven hours of sleep after a night game, which, for an athlete, isn’t enough, he said. But he got to the park at 9 anyway.
“Reason being is I’m young,’’ Eaton, 25, said. “Just because it says that, doesn’t mean that you come at that time. You get your butt here. If we’re 20 games above .500, things are a little looser. If you’re around .500, get your butt here earlier and make sure you’re ready.’’
Eaton doubled and has reached base in his last 13 games, batting .333 during that span.
Alejandro De Aza (single, double, triple) is batting .333 over his last 11 games.
◆ Conor Gillaspie, who doubled, singled and scored twice, is batting .364 over his last 25 games.
◆ Adam Dunn (three-run homer) has reached base in 50 of 60 games.