Random notes from today's fun 10-1, 17-hit victory over the Astros on a hot afternoon at The Cell:
* Chris "Cy" Sale was magnificent. In chalking up his eighth victory vs. just two losses, he followed up his first career complete game in his last start by pitching eight shutout innings, allowing just four singles, while striking out seven without a walk. His ERA is now a miniscule 2.05. Mr. Sale, pack your bags for the All-Star Game in Kansas City with a possible Cy Young Award on the horizon as well.
* The oh-so-pleasant surprise that has been Alejandro De Aza (or as a friend of mine calls him, De Awesome) continues. The one-time journeyman who has found a home on the South Side, was 4 for 5 with two runs scored and an RBI. He's now hitting .310.
* Also continuing is the rejuvenation of one-time rookie phenom Gordon Beckham. Today, he contributed to the tune of 3 for 5, three RBIs and two runs scored.
* Little brother Jordan Danks was slated to reach the majors earlier, but let's not obsess about that. He's a big-leaguer now, got his first hit last night and in his first start this afternoon went 2 for 5 with two runs scored.
* Adam Dunn, who has tailed off just a bit recently, made up for lost time today. The "Big Donkey" cranked his 19th homer--his 12th career grand slam--and drove in five, giving him 45 for the season.
* Alex Rios had a 2 for 5 day with an RBI, upping his batting average to an even .300.
* With the win, the Sox are assured of remaining in first place heading into tomorrow's rubber game where Philip Humber will face former Sox hurler Lucas Harrell. Then it's off to St. Louis and L.A. to face the Cardinals and Dodgers.