Paulie Delivers in Sunday Slugfest
Sunday, March 16, 2014
White Sox 8 12 2
Rangers 14 15 1
Plays of the Day
Adrian Nieto, who went 2-2 with a walk on the day, drove in a pair of runs off of Yu Darvish with two outs in the top of the fourth inning with a bouncer over the third baseman’s head, narrowing the Rangers’ lead to 3-2…In the sixth, the White Sox tied the score at 3-3 as Alejandro De Aza singled home Conor Gillaspie…Down 8-3, the Sox matched Texas’ five-run sixth with five of their own in the top of the seventh to tie the score at 8-8. Keenyn Walker singled home a run, Paul Konerko doubled with the bases loaded, driving in three, for his second hit of the game (click on link below for video), and Jordan Danks collected his second hit of the afternoon with a run-scoring single…the only other Sox player with a two-hit day was Marcus Semien, who had two singles, walked and scored a run.
About Last Night
For those in Chicago able to remain awake, last night’s game featured some real highlights, led, of course, by Avisail Garcia‘s bullet of a home run to center field that gave the Sox their eventual 5-4 win over Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers. (Click on this link for video of Avi’s blast: http://atmlb.com/1qHyPHC).
The Sox also turned two nifty double plays, and shortstop Alexei Ramirez took away a hit with a nice running play and throw to his left. All night long, Juan Uribe and Alexei chided one another in a playful manner, each it appeared, challenging the other.
But perhaps the biggest message/high point came when Jose Abreu lined a shot past the ear of Kershaw for a single into center field. With that one swing, Abreu may have silenced doubters who this off-season criticized the free agent for having a slow bat, claiming he might be challenged hitting against the game’s better fastball pitchers.
My guess is that last night’s at-bat might have taken care of that.
More About Last NIght: Worth Another Look
Enjoy Adam Eaton‘s first-inning, inside-the-park homer off of Kershaw. According to @CST_soxvan, Adam said he had one inside park HR in college, one in Class AAA before last night.
Sox Notes of Note
Reliever Maikel Cleto worked a spring-high two scoreless innings to finish last night’s game…Entering today’s game. Eaton ranked sixth in the AL with a .484 on-base percentage and 11th with a .385 batting average. He went hitless today in three at-bats…Chris Sale is tied for fourth in the AL with 14 innings pitched, ranks eighth with a .216 opponents average and is tied for eighth with 13 strikeouts…former Sox outfielder and two-sport star Bo Jackson will be in Sox camp starting tomorrow through March 22 serving as a special instructor. He was named a White Sox community ambassador in January.
Quote of the Day
Eaton, on the subject of inside-the-park homers:
“For me, most exciting play in baseball.”
White Sox vs. Brewers at Maryvale (3:05 p.m., CT). Sox pitching schedule: RHP Felipe Paulino, RHP Mitchell Boggs, RHP Zach Putnam, LHP Donnie Veal, RHP Nate Jones, RHP Daniel Webb.
Milwaukee starter: RHP Kyle Lohse.
Photo of the Day
Former Sox standouts Ron Kittle, Floyd Bannister and Jerry Hairston were on hand to sign autographs for Saturday night’s sellout crowd at CR-G.