By: Pat Blaha
This past Memorial Day, as America observed its fallen veterans, Matt Skole, 28, made his MLB debut with the White Sox against the Cleveland Indians. Skole was called up from the Triple-A Charlotte Knights when Matt Davidson was placed on the DL with back spasms. On Monday, Davidson was activated from the DL and Skole was optioned back to AAA Charlotte.
Skole had his first major league at-bat against Indians right-handed pitcher Adam Plutko in the top of the second. On the first pitch, Skole had a solid base hit to kick off his MLB career.However, Skole wasn’t out of the spotlight yet. During his second at-bat in the top of the fourth, Skole hammered
his first major league home run into deep right field putting the Sox ahead of the Indians 4-1!
NBC Sports Chicago contributor Chris Kamka tweeted Monday, “Matt Skole (28y, 302 d) is oldest #WhiteSox player to get a hit in his MLB debut since Buddy Peterson (30 y, 144 d).
Although the Sox ending falling behind the Indians with a final score of 6-9, Skole had a tremendous day in his first major league appearance that he surely won’t forget! Matt Skole spent eight years in the minors and throughout his time with the Charlotte Knights in 2018, he had 147 AB, 38 H, 5 HR, .259 BA, and an OBP of .360. Without a doubt, it will be exciting to see how Skole advances his major league career in the near future. He could be the first guy the Sox call if someone goes down on the South Side.
Congratulations, Matt Skole on a memorable MLB debut with the Chicago White Sox!
Remember, Sox fans, believe in the process!