The White Sox look to build on their best offensive performance of the season as they wrap up a three-game series with a doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field.
Wednesday’s game was postponed due to rain and will be made up as part of this doubleheader. The game was called just an hour after the start was delayed by weather.
The White Sox are hoping that the delay didn’t slow the momentum they gained Tuesday, when they had a season-high 19 hits in a 15-0 rout, after managing just eight runs in losing their previous three games.
It matched the biggest shutout at home for Chicago since a 15-0 win over the New York Yankees on July 15, 1907.
“That’s the offense I waited for since spring training,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “Finally we swung the bat a lot better. Obviously, I don’t expect my team to score that many runs every day, but I expect them to have good at-bats. I think we relied on the pitching staff for a long time.
“It’s about time the guys step up, and they did a tremendous job.”
Every starter reached base at least once, and Carlos Lee and Juan Uribe were the only ones without an RBI. Magglio Ordonez went 4-for-5 with five RBIs, Frank Thomas hit a three-run homer, Jose Valentin added a two-run shot and Willie Harris went 4-for-5, a career high for hits.
Ordonez is batting .423 (11-for-26) over his last six games with a homer and eight RBIs.
The victory was Chicago’s seventh in the last eight home meetings with the Orioles.
Desperate for a viable fifth starter, the White Sox will send Feliz Diaz to the mound for his major league debut in Thursday’s second game.
Diaz was acquired with minor league pitcher Ryan Meaux from San Francisco in a July 28, 2002 trade that sent Kenny Lofton to the Giants.
“He earned (the right) to be here,” Guillen said of Diaz. “The kid is a warrior and throws strikes. When you play in Triple-A and come up to the big leagues, sometimes you try too hard to impress, to be better. I hope he would be the same kid I saw in spring training and in the minors and doesn’t try to change anything. Just throw strikes.”
Dan Wright struggled this season as Chicago’s No. 5 starter, going 0-4 with an 8.15 ERA in four starts. Wright, who is winless in his last 19 starts dating to September 2002, was sent to Triple-A on May 2.
Besides having its three-game win streak snapped Tuesday, Baltimore lost star shortstop Miguel Tejada, the team’s RBI leader with 25.
Tejada left the game in the first inning after landing awkwardly on his right leg and was later diagnosed with a strained tibialis anterior, a muscle that runs parallel with the shin.
However, Tejada was cleared to play by doctors prior to Wednesday’s game before it was postponed. He has played in 623 consecutive games—the longest active streak in the majors and 19th longest in major league history.