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Biggest inning of season propels Jose Quintana, White Sox past Indians

Biggest inning of season propels Jose Quintana, White Sox past Indians

The White Sox sort of let the dogs out on Tuesday night and it put Jose Quintana in an unfamiliar spot.

One night after they produced a run in every inning, the White Sox forced their All-Star left-hander to throw extra warmup pitches during their biggest inning of the season. The White Sox broke open a tied game when they sent 12 batters to the plate in the sixth inning of an 8-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians at U.S. Cellular Field. The teams played in front of a Guinness world record for dogs in attendance at a sporting event (1,122).

“It’s the best support for me ever and that’s good,” said Quintana, who improved to 12-10. “I can play catch every time.”

Through 5 1/2 innings it looked like the same old story for Quintana. In the midst of a great performance, Quintana was in line for another no decision as Trevor Bauer held the White Sox to a first-inning run.

But with the score tied at 1, the White Sox offense came to life and forced Quintana to head for the indoor batting cages to stay warm in between innings.

Adam Eaton started the rally with a leadoff walk against Bauer, who allowed six earned runs in 5 1/3 innings. Tim Anderson, Melky Cabrera and Jose Abreu all followed with singles, Abreu’s hit giving the White Sox a 2-1 lead.

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Todd Frazier singled in two more runs for the White Sox, who on Monday became only the 20th team in baseball to score a run in every inning in which it batted. Avisail Garcia doubled in another to make it a 5-1 game. Carlos Sanchez tripled in two more runs and Eaton doubled in another for the White Sox, who hadn’t scored more than five runs in any other inning all season.

The inning began shortly after the team announced it set a new Guinness world record for dogs in attendance at a sporting event with 1,122.

“It was some really impressive at-bats to go through there,” Eaton said. “Bauer is a heck of a competitor. Had really everything going tonight up to that point, but it’s kind of the way baseball goes. It’s contagious, just good at-bat after good at-bat. Those are the innings you need to have in order to be successful, so hopefully we can keep it rolling.”

Quintana said it was only the second time in his career he has had to play catch because of a lengthy White Sox inning. He threw 10 fastballs to the team’s pre-game instructor, Luis Sierra, in the batting cage located a few steps from the dugout.

The delay didn’t do anything to slow down Quintana, who was fantastic once again.

Aside from a cheap second-inning homer off the bat of Brandon Guyer, Quintana made it look easy. He allowed a run and five hits with a walk and six strikeouts over eight innings.

“If Q is going and you get offense like that, it really goes in your favor,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “If we can swing the bats like that with him, you feel really good about your opportunities.

“Q is as steady as can be. That’s a calling card for him of being able to kind of put that stuff out of his mind and continue to pitch.”

Remember That Guy: Rob Mackowiak


Remember That Guy: Rob Mackowiak

Not too many players from the Chicagoland area make it to the Majors. Oak Lawn’s Rob Mackowiak did. And he even made his way to the South Side to play for the White Sox.  

After attending South Suburban College in South Holland, he was a 53rd round pick of the Pirates in 1996. That’s something that could never exist today. The MLB Draft capped at 50 rounds in 1998, then lowered again to 40 rounds for 2012.

Mackowiak, primarily an outfielder but also occasionally seeing infield duty, worked his way through the minors from 1996-2001. He suited up for the Lynchburg (VA) Hillcats, the Augusta (GA) GreenJackets, the Altoona (PA) Curve and the Nashville Sounds before debuting for Pittsburgh May 19, 2001 at PNC Park against the Brewers. His first career at-bat a strikeout against Ben Sheets. He collected his first career hit a few days later at Veterans Stadium off the Phillies’ Robert Person. His first home run came May 30th in Pittsburgh off the Marlins’ Braden Looper.

He hit .266 in 83 games in 2001, then hit 16 home runs in his first full season the following year. 2003 started out rough, hitting .183/.280/.256 through 44 games before he was able to find his groove at Triple-A Nashville. When he returned to the Pirates on August 20, he went 4 for 5 with 2 home runs. From that point on, he hit a scorching .348/.400/.609 in 100 plate appearances to finish the season.

He had as good a day as you could possibly imagine on May 28, 2004. Early that morning, his son Garrett was born. Then with the hospital band still on his wrist, he headed to the ballpark for a doubleheader against the Cubs. In Game 1, he hit a walkoff grand slam off Chicago closer Joe Borowski. In Game 2 he came off the bench in the 7th inning and hit a game-tying 2-run home run in the 9th off LaTroy Hawkins. If that wasn’t enough, he came back to terrorize the Cubs once again the next day going 2 for 4 with a home run and 5 RBI. A three-game total of 4 for 10 with a double, 3 home runs and 11 RBI (with a walk). He was named co-NL Player of the Week from May 24-30, sharing the honor with teammate Daryle Ward. He finished the year hitting .246/.319/.420 but racked up career highs in home runs (17) and RBI (75). In 2005, his final season in western Pennsylvania, he rebounded with a .272 average and .337 OBP but took a step back in the power numbers (9 HR, 58 RBI).

In 2006 he joined the White Sox in a deal sending Damaso Marte to the Steel City and hit .290/.365/.404 – career highs in BA and OBP. His first home run in a White Sox uniform was a memorable one. On May 22, 2006 the Oakland Athletics visited US Cellular Field. It was the first time Frank Thomas played a game against his formal team, and the Big Hurt delivered with a pair of home runs. Oakland was poised to win the game with a 4-1 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth inning. After Jermaine Dye homered to cut the deficit to 4-2, Juan Uribe doubled which caused manager Ken Macha to summon his closer Huston Street. Ozzie Guillen countered by taking down Brian Anderson and sending up Mackowiak, who delivered a pinch hit 2-run homer to knot the game at four. Pablo Ozuna won the game for the Sox in the 10th with a walkoff bunt scoring A.J. Pierzynski from third.

What was a solid hometown run ended at the 2007 trade deadline when the Sox sent Mackowiak to San Diego for reliever Jon Link. He finished the season with the Padres and played 38 games with the Nationals in 2008 before being released in June. He tried to catch on with minor league stints with the Reds, Mets & Indians in 2008-09 but he never made it back to the show.  He did hit .323/.418/.545 with 14 HR in 82 games with the independent Newark Bears to finish 2009.

Rob Mackowiak’s 8-year MLB career featured a respectable .259/.332/.405 slashline with 64 home runs and 286 RBI in 856 games. In 197 games with the White Sox, he hit .285/.360/.411 with 11 HR and 59 RBI. After his baseball career Mackowiak briefly worked as the hitting coach for the Windy City Thunderbolts (Frontier League). Later, he coached his son’s little league teams and worked as an instructor at Elite Baseball Training in Chicago.

A 53rd round pick. An unforgettable introduction to fatherhood. A Chicago Major League homecoming. Rob Mackowiak’s story is a special one.

Lucas Giolito goes to injured list, Sox bring Carson Fulmer and Ryan Cordell up from Triple-A

Lucas Giolito goes to injured list, Sox bring Carson Fulmer and Ryan Cordell up from Triple-A

Lucas Giolito will miss some time after straining his hamstring in Wednesday's game.

The White Sox placed the right-handed starting pitcher on the 10-day injured list ahead of Thursday's series-opener in Detroit. They also brought up relief pitcher Carson Fulmer and outfielder Ryan Cordell to take the roster spots of Giolito and outfielder Daniel Palka, who was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte on Wednesday night.

Giolito exited Wednesday's start after just 2.2 innings after tweaking his hamstring on a third-inning pitch. He was doing quite well in his second start of the season against the Kansas City Royals, with five strikeouts and no hits allowed before his early departure.

Giolito spoke with reporters Thursday morning in Detroit, saying the strain isn't too serious and that he expects to miss just one or two starts.

As for who will start in Giolito's stead, that remains to be seen. His turn in the rotation won't come until Monday's game that begins a series against the Baltimore Orioles. Fulmer arriving from Charlotte, however, points to Manny Banuelos being taken out of the major league bullpen to start in Giolito's place. Banuelos has had success as the White Sox long man so far this season, with a few effective multi-inning outings under his belt. Fulmer hasn't made a start since the White Sox moved him to the Charlotte bullpen last season but could serve as a replacement long man in the short term. This is Fulmer's second call-up this season, he was on the roster for one day earlier this month, pitching three innings of relief against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Meanwhile, Cordell arrives to take the place of Palka, who picked up his first hit of the season Wednesday after starting in a dreadful 0-for-32 slump. He was sent down after the game with the task of figuring things out at the Triple-A level. While the White Sox could have opted to slide Adam Engel into an everyday role in the big league outfield, it appears Cordell might get his shot at more frequent big league playing time. He was in the starting lineup for Thursday's game against the Tigers. Cordell made the Opening Day roster but only got six at-bats (homering in one and doubling in another) and was sent down to receive some more regular playing time, which he might now get in the majors.

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