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Avisail Garcia’s walk-off single ends suspended White Sox game

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Avisail Garcia’s walk-off single ends suspended White Sox game

The White Sox mobbed Avisail Garcia only about 30 minutes before they’ll play again.

Garcia’s two-out walk-off single netted the White Sox a 3-2 win over Kansas City in the continuation of Friday’s suspended game, which was halted in the top of the ninth due to rain. With two out against Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera, Melky Cabrera walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Jose Abreu was intentionally walked, setting up Garcia’s afternoon heroics and the White Sox first win over Kansas City this season.

"With the new speed-up rules and everything, you can get used to when you're on the winning end," manager Robin Ventura joked. "It's bizarre, any time you resume a game it's weird, it has a weird feeling. The guys are even starting the game I'm sure it's uncomfortable for them. But for us, it's good to get a win, get it started like that."

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David Robertson struck out the side in the top of the ninth inning, though Abreu's two-out error allowed Kendrys Morales to reach and ended the closer's streak of 18 consecutive batters retired. Robertson 20 pitches and said he'd be available in a save situation in Sunday's regularly-scheduled game, which will begin at 2:05 p.m.

"It's no different for me," Robertson said of his pregame routine. "I went out of the bullpen, threw my normal little warm-ups and just came in. The only thing different is standing in the dugout and coming out. It's like you're going out for a second inning."

Right-hander Daniel Webb was promoted from Triple-A Charlotte for the second game, as MLB’s rules allow for a 26th player to be used in a doubleheader situation. With the suspended game only needing one inning to conclude, Hector Noesi -- who could've been in the long-relief mix had the suspended game pushed into extra innings -- is in line to start Monday's game in Baltimore.

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Kansas City got its first two runs Friday on a third- and fifth-inning RBI singles by Alcides Escobar and Paulo Orlando, respectively. Tyler Flowers’ RBI groundout in the fourth and Melky Cabrera’s seventh-inning sacrifice fly tallied the White Sox two runs.

Jose Quintana turned in his best start of 2015 Friday night, throwing seven innings of two-run ball with five strikeouts, one walk and seven hits allowed.

Saturday's rained out White Sox-Royals game will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader July 17 with the first game starting at 1:10 p.m. and the second at 7:10. Tickets and parking passes from Saturday's game will only be honored at the 1:10 p.m. game, and Jose Abreu Rookie of the Year blankets will be given out at the 1:10 p.m. game as well.

Daily White Sox prospects update: Four-hit day for Eloy Jimenez

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Daily White Sox prospects update: Four-hit day for Eloy Jimenez

Here's your daily update on what the White Sox highly touted prospects are doing in the minor leagues.

Double-A Birmingham

Eloy Jimenez had four hits, including a pair of doubles to boost his batting average to .322 on the season. Seby Zavala hit his 10th home run of the season and drove in a pair of runs in the 7-2 loss. Spencer Adams got the start and allowed four runs but also struck out nine in just 4.2 innings of work.

Class A Kannapolis

Luis Gonzalez had two doubles and Evan Skoug had two hits in a 3-2 win. Big leaguer Carlos Rodon made a rehab start and struck out six, allowing one run in five innings.

Triple-A Charlotte

Charlie Tilson had a hit and Thyago Vieira threw a scoreless inning in an 8-4 loss.

Jace Fry, who still hasn't allowed a hit, is penciling his name into the White Sox bullpen of the future

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Jace Fry, who still hasn't allowed a hit, is penciling his name into the White Sox bullpen of the future

The White Sox best reliever through the first 42 games of this rebuilding season? Undoubtedly, it’s been Jace Fry.

With Rick Renteria’s bullpen hardly the most reliable relief corps the game has ever seen, Fry has been a revelation, starting his 2018 campaign with 7.1 scoreless innings over six appearances.

And now things are getting a bit more dramatic for the 24-year-old lefty, a guy who’s been through a pair of Tommy John surgeries. He pitched some high-leverage ball in Saturday night’s 5-3 win, sitting down all four hitters he faced in the eighth and ninth innings while protecting a two-run lead.

“I was ready the whole game, just waiting for my name to be called,” Fry said. “But it was awesome getting in there in the eighth inning, even getting the first guy in the ninth inning. After I got him I was kind of hoping he’d let me keep going.”

Renteria uses his bullpen in a non-traditional manner, one that perhaps he thinks is a way of the future or one that’s a result of his lack of dominant options out there. Whichever it is, he doesn’t really have a closer but rather a host of guys he uses in those high-leverage situations, whenever they might come during the late stages of a game. Joakim Soria, Nate Jones and Bruce Rondon have all been used to get big outs late in games, and Rondon threw a scoreless seventh Saturday, with Jones getting the game’s final two outs for the save.

But it could be argued that most difficult outs were recorded by Fry, who put away the visiting Texas Rangers’ fourth, fifth and sixth hitters before getting the seventh hitter to strike out to start off the ninth.

Renteria steered away from dubbing Fry one of his new high-leverage guys after the game, but why wouldn’t Fry be in that mix? All he’s done since joining the big league squad earlier this month is get outs. He’s got 10 strikeouts, hasn’t allowed a hit and has just two walks as the lone blemishes on an otherwise perfect season line.

“It just happens to be that it was the eighth inning and the ninth that he pitched,” Renteria said. “I think he’s looking very comfortable in those. It happens to be the eighth and ninth we needed him. He’s been very, very effective. He’s been commanding the strike zone very well, confidently approaching his hitters. He’s got pretty good stuff.

“He’s able to command the zone. Along with that nice breaking ball he’s got to lefties and righties, it’s pretty effective. But he’s continuing to show you he’s capable of coming in and getting some pretty good hitters.”

Fry has been a rarity this season in that he’s appeared to be a candidate for a long-term spot in the White Sox bullpen. Jones would perhaps be the only other guy coming close to qualifying for that, mostly because of his team-friendly contract that keeps him under control a few more years, but he’s had some rough moments, even with his ERA dropping to 3.50 on Saturday.

Fry, though, is young and is dealing at the moment. He even got a shoutout as a potential long-term piece from general manager Rick Hahn earlier this week.

“Take Jace Fry, someone we haven’t mentioned when we’ve had this conversation the last couple of weeks,” Hahn said Thursday, discussing the positives he’s seen during this developmental season. “He’s shown up here and shown that he’s made some progress in his last stint in the minors and now, at age 24, seems like he’s ready to take that next step, and pencil his name in as part of what we’re building here going forward.”

There’s a lot of season left, and no one’s expecting Fry to keep batters hitless and opposing teams scoreless from now through the end of September. But this is a nice development for the rebuilding White Sox at the moment, a guy who’s giving them at least one name to put into that bullpen of the future.

How long can he keep this thing going? As long as he keeps getting ahead of hitters.

“Having the success is awesome, but I realize it’s the plan, the plan of attack,” Fry said. “I’m going out and throwing Strike 1 and getting ahead. Actually doing it, seeing it and having the process work definitely creates more confidence. Once you go back to the blueprint of baseball, Strike 1 is everything.”