Rodon, White Sox dominate Phillies
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[August 24, 2016]
CHICAGO -- Left-hander Carlos
Rodon appears to be gearing up for another strong finish.
The Chicago White Sox left-hander allowed three hits over 6 2/3
shutout innings as the Chicago White Sox beat the Philadelphia
Phillies 9-1 on Tuesday to open a two-game interleague series.
"When you're in the zone you just try to stay in it and that's what
I'm hoping for," said Rodon, who earned his second win in three
starts and delivered his fourth straight quality outing. "In the
future, just have a complete year instead of just doing it in the
Rodon (4-8) threw 109 pitches, including 71 strikes. He walked one
and struck out four.
In his 2015 rookie year, Rodon went 4-1 in his final five starts to
finish 9-6 with a 3.75 ERA. This year he went 1-5 between May 1 and
"He pitched well, he used the whole plate and he changes speeds
quite a bit," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "He has a good
arm, good fastball, and we couldn't catch up to it."
Jose Abreu and Justin Morneau each homered to help give Rodon ample
offensive support as Chicago (60-64) scored once in the first inning
and added three runs apiece in the third and fifth, then two more in
Tim Anderson singled, tripled, drove in two runs and scored twice.
Adam Eaton also tripled and scored twice.
Philadelphia (58-68) dropped its second straight and fifth in its
Phillies starter Jake Thompson (1-3) worked five innings in his
first career start against Chicago. He gave up seven runs on eight
hits, struck out two and walked four.
"Too many pitches up in the strike zone," Mackanin said. "Everything
he threw was thigh-high, waist-high, couldn't get the ball down.
It's as simple as that."
Philadelphia shortstop Freddy Galvis broke the shutout in the
seventh with a solo homer to right off White Sox reliever Chris
Eaton launched his eighth triple of the season off the left field
wall -- extending a career high -- to lead off the White Sox first.
Anderson's groundout to shortstop brought him home with the game's
Eaton reached on a leadoff bunt single in the third and came home on
Anderson's triple to deep right. After Melky Cabrera walked,
Anderson scored on Abreu's single to center.
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White Sox starting pitcher Carlos Rodon (55) throws a pitch against
the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at U.S. Cellular
Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
Cabrera reached third on Morneau's fielder's choice grounder and
accounted for the inning's third run on Todd Frazier's sacrifice to
Back-to-back home runs from Abreu and Morneau off Thompson in the
fifth extended the White Sox lead to 7-0.
Abreu, who has homered in three straight games, clubbed his 17th of
the season and scored Cabrera. Morneau followed with a solo shot to
right for his fifth.
"I'm going to go back to the drawing board and figure it out a
little bit," said Thompson, who is 0-2 with a 12.54 ERA and three
strikeouts in two road starts.
NOTES: This series between the Phillies and White Sox is only the
fifth all-time meeting in interleague play and second at U.S.
Cellular Field. The hosts took two of three in the only previous
Chicago meeting in 2004. ... Phillies manager and Chicago native
Pete Mackanin starred at Brother Rice High School, only 12 miles
from U.S. Cellular Field, and was drafted out of high school by the
Washington Senators in 1969. ... Philadelphia sends RHP Jerad
Eickhoff (8-12, 3.91 ERA) against Chicago RHP James Shields (5-15,
5.98 ERA) in Wednesday's series finale. ... The White Sox activated
OF Avisail Garcia (sprained right knee) off the 15-day disabled list
following a rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte. Chicago optioned
OF Jason Coats to Charlotte. He was batting .189 with two doubles,
one home run and three RBIs over three stints with the White Sox.
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