May 30, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez (10) attempts to get a double play against San Diego Padres catcher Rene Rivera (44) during the ninth inning at U.S Cellular Field. San Diego Padres defeat the Chicago White Sox 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
Following yesterday’s 4-2 victory in Chicago, the Padres are looking for their first series sweep of the 2014 season when they take on the Chicago White Sox in the final game of three game series Sunday. Outfielder Will Venable capped off the day yesterday with four hits and two RBI while starter Tyson Ross picked up his sixth win of the season.
It is a David vs Golaith match up. The White Sox send out lefty phenom Chris Sale (4-0, 1.76 ERA ) who has been nothing but dominant so far this season. In his last start against the Indians, Sale only threw three innings as he was pulled due to a two-hour rain delay but did not allow hit on 40 pitches . Sale stated, “I was expecting to throw on Monday with an extra day,but it’s not like they are moving me up a day or anything like that. So, it just kind of makes sense with throwing three innings and being fresh and going back out there on Sunday.”
Sale is set to square off against Padres’ lefty Eric Stults (2-5, 4.92 ERA) who comes off a no decision in his last outing against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Stults went 6 innings allowed 3 earned runs, 5 hits, 1 strikeout, and walking 4. It’s been a inconsistent season so far from the 34 year-old lefty whose looking to get his first win since May 10.
The Padres are more than likely going to be without the services of outfielder Cameron Maybin today. He is listed as day-to-day after being pulled from yesterday’s game with calf tightness. Chris Denorfia, who replaced Maybin, made the play of the day robbing Tyler Flowers of a game tying RBI in the fourth inning.
The Padres’ bullpen are looking to continue its dominance as they have not allowed hit in the series. Closer Huston Street notched his 17th save of the season yesterday tying him for the Major League lead alongside Brewers Francisco Rodriquez.
- With yesterday 4-2 win, the Padres own an 20-4 record this season when scoring four or more runs.
- Although Stults has pitched six or less innings seven times since April 9, he has allowed three earned runs or less in eight of his last 10 starts.
- In 65 career starts Sale recorded 12 double-digit strikeout games in his career
The first pitch is scheduled for 11:10 AM PDT.