News From Terre Haute, Indiana

July 7, 2013

Phegley hits first career HR for White Sox

TH native slugged solo shot in sixth inning of loss to Rays

Associated Press
The Tribune-Star

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. — If you blink, you might miss another Josh Phegley milestone.

Two days after his Major League Baseball debut, Phegley hit his first career home run in the Chicago White Sox 3-1 loss at Tampa Bay on Sunday.

The Terre Haute native, playing just his second career game, hit the first David Price offering he saw in the sixth inning into the first row in Tropicana Field’s left field bleachers. Phegley’s solo blast accounted for the White Sox only run.

Price, who went the distance for the victory as he tries to return from a triceps injury, is the reigning AL Cy Young award winner.

“Not bad, I guess,” Phegley said of his homer off Price. “One run, a complete game is a pretty impressive start, but I guess I just got one on him. The home run was a cutter in, and it was just kind of low enough where I could to get to it and get in there enough. I put a good ride on it.”

For the day, Phegley was 1-for-4. His season batting average currently stands at .286. The Rays did not steal any bases against Phegley.

“He comes up here and doesn’t seem frazzled or anything like that,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “You don’t really see the jitters.”

John Danks (2-6) allowed three runs and five hits over seven innings for the White Sox. The left-hander has lost all five of his road starts this year.

“I feel good about getting us deep in a game and keeping us in the ballgame, but I simply just got outpitched by David, obviously,” Danks said. “I just gave him too much of a cushion there, and he was able to be the reigning Cy Young winner.”

Price (3-4) worked around eight hits, walking none and striking out five. Price spent 47 days on the disabled list, then came back and struck out 10 in seven shutout innings against Houston.

“That injury was kind of a blessing in disguise,” Price said. “Just letting me kind of regroup, hit the re-set button, mindset, everything. I’m right where I need to be right now, and there’s still a lot of baseball left.”

Price struggled this year before getting hurt, going 1-4 with a 5.24 ERA after going 20-5 with a 2.56 ERA in 2012.

Chicago was swept in the series and has lost nine of 11. The White Sox have dropped 19 of their past 23 road games.

It was just the second time that the Rays have swept a series of three or more games against the White Sox. The other time occurred in August 2008.

Desmond Jennings hit a leadoff double in the first and scored on Ben Zobrist’s sacrifice fly to put the Rays up 1-0. Sean Rodriguez made it 2-0 during the fifth with a two-out, broken-bat RBI single.

“He pitched well,” Ventura said of Danks. “It’s just one of those that they got the extra-base hit and they executed, and they get the hit that squirts through. But even that happening, he pitched well, so it’s good to see.”

Tampa Bay regained a two-run advantage in the seventh when Luke Scott tripled and Jose Molina hit a sacrifice fly.

The White Sox had two singles in first, third and fourth, but failed to score in all three innings by going 0 for 3 with runners in scoring and having one runner thrown out trying to steal second.

Tampa Bay’s James Loney went 0 for 3, ending his career-best 16-game hitting streak.

Tribune-Star sports editor Todd Golden contributed to this report.