Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, June 10th
(All times Eastern)
Houston Astros (25-34) at Chicago White Sox (33-26), 2:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Houston - Lucas Harrell (5-4, 4.70)
Chicago - Philip Humber (2-3, 5.68)
(Sports Network) - The Chicago White Sox powered their way to even this three-
game series with the Houston Astros and look to close out a nine-game
homestand on a positive note Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field.
Chicago was able to push its lead atop the American League Central Division to
1 1/2 games over Cleveland with Saturday's 10-1 pounding of the 'Stros and an
Indians loss in St. Louis. The White Sox received a grand slam and five RBI
from Adam Dunn, who is second in the majors with 19 homers and tied Harold
Baines for 58th place on the all-time list with 384.
Dunn also has 12 career grand slams
Gordon Beckham collected three hits, three RBI and scored twice for the White
Sox, who rebounded from an 8-3 loss in Friday's series opener and won for the
16th time in 21 tries. Alejandro De Aza tied a career-high with four hits and
owns five multi-hit games out of seven played this month. He also scored twice
and drove in a run, and is hitting .432 with six RBI and nine runs scored over
his last 11 games.
Chicago may not have won if it wasn't for starter Chris Sale. Sale pushed his
record to 8-2 by working eight shutout innings and allowing four hits with
"I'm not much for looking too deeply into stats. Nothing good really comes of
it," said Sale. "It doesn't matter if your ERA is five or one, you're the one
who still has to pitch and get the outs."
The White Sox are 4-4 on the residency and will begin a six-game trek on
Tuesday against St. Louis and Los Angeles. White Sox outfielder Dayan Viciedo
departed Friday's loss to the Astros due to cramping in both hamstrings and
was not in the lineup in the middle portion of this set.
"It's tight, but I'm getting therapy on it, so it's starting to feel better,"
said Viciedo through translator on the team's site. "It's something that I'm
working through it right now. I don't want to risk anything."
Viciedo is hitting .267 with 12 home runs and 29 RBI this season.
Philip Humber will handle pitching duties for the White Sox today and he is
just 1-3 with a 7.38 earned run average in eight starts since his no-hitter on
April 21 at Seattle. Humber ended a six-game winless drought (0-2) by tossing
seven innings of two-run ball at Tampa Bay on May 29, but fell back into the
loss column following a 9-5 setback to Toronto.
The Blue Jays knocked Humber around for five runs and seven hits, including a
pair of home runs, through five innings. The right-hander fell to 2-3 in 10
starts this season to go along with a 5.68 ERA. Humber is 0-2 in six home
starts and has never faced Houston. His previous win in the Windy City was
last June 12 versus Oakland.
Houston had won three of five games until Saturday's pounding. Jordan Lyles
was on the mound for the first 4 1/3 innings and didn't look so good, giving
up five runs -- four earned -- and seven hits for the loss. Rhiner Cruz later
surrendered Dunn's grand slam.
"He deserved a better fate," Astros manager Brad Mills said of Lyles. "He
threw the ball extremely well, and then they got some baserunners and things
kind of got away."
Jed Lowrie's ninth-inning homer -- his third in as many games -- was the lone
offense for the Astros, losers in eight of their last 11. Lowrie's 12 homers
lead NL shortstops. Third baseman Chris Johnson was not in the lineup due to
flu-like symptoms and Matt Downs went 0-for-3 in his place. Johnson will most
likely miss Sunday's game.
The Astros are 1-1 so far on a nine-game road trip and will also make stops in
San Francisco and Texas.
Former White Sox draft pick Lucas Harrell takes the mound this afternoon for
the Astros and was selected by Chicago in the fourth round of the 2004 Draft.
Harrell has won three of his last four starts and is coming off a decent
showing in Tuesday's 9-8 win over St. Louis in which he yielded four runs,
three of which were earned, and eight hits in six innings.
Harrell was much better versus the Cardinals as opposed to his previous outing
in a 13-5 setback at Colorado on May 30. The Rockies pounded out nine runs and
10 hits in five innings against the young hurler. Harrell, though, pushed his
2012 mark to 5-4 in 12 starts against the Cardinals and lowered his ERA
slightly from 4.71 to 4.70. The righty, who is just 1-4 in seven road starts,
will take on his former ballclub for the first time.
Houston and Chicago were participants in the 2005 World Series won by the
White Sox in four games. It was Chicago's first title since 1917. The two
clubs met again in interleague play in 2007, when the Astros won two of three
games in the Windy City. Chicago holds an 11-9 advantage against the Astros
with an 8-6 home mark during interleague action.
06/10 10:41:03 ET