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David Robertson breathes sigh of relief after pickoff ends contest

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David Robertson breathes sigh of relief after pickoff ends contest

CLEVELAND — David Robertson stepped off the pitching rubber, fired a strike to first base and exhaled.

The White Sox closer added another dicey — but ultimately successful — chapter to what has been a trying week on Saturday night. After he allowed seven runs in his previous two outings, Robertson served up a two-run homer and put the tying run on base before he converted his 30th save on a game-ending pickoff of Abraham Almonte. Robertson’s save closed out a 4-3 White Sox victory over the Cleveland Indians.

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“Big sigh of relief,” Robertson said. “It was really nice, especially because it ended a game and helped me get out of that struggle I was in.”

Robertson’s pickoff was his first since 2009 and only the second of his career. It couldn’t have come at a more opportune time as the Progressive Field crowd regained its voice after Chris Johnson homered to deep center and Almonte singled. Robertson retired Jerry Sands on a fly ball before he picked off Almonte with All-Star Jason Kipnis at the plate with both Zach Duke and Nate Jones warming up in the White Sox bullpen.

“It did make it interesting,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “But he had three runs to play with. He caught one in the middle of the plate and Johnson got him, but there’s other ways to get outs so he found a creative way to get outs.”

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Robertson blew a save, his seventh, on Thursday when he allowed a three-run homer to Billy Butler in the ninth inning of a 4-2 loss to the Oakland A’s. The outing came after Monday’s game when he yielded four runs (two earned) in allowing the A’s to tie the contest, though the White Sox won 8-7 in 14 innings.

Robertson said catcher Rob Brantly called for the pickoff and he was able to execute much to the Indians’ dismay.

“I came set real quick, popped it over to first, made a great throw and he was kind of caught flat-footed and got him out,” Robertson said. 

White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

For many White Sox fans, Comiskey Park was their introduction to White Sox baseball when they were young. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey, and Chris Kamka share their memories of the old ballpark. Among them: Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl, Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball, Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game, they discuss the final game ever played there and read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

You can listen to the whole thing right here, or in the embedded player below.

8:26 - Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl.

10:11 - Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball.

12:49 - Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game

15:11 - The guys talk about the final game ever played there.

16:44 - The guys read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

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'White Sox to the Letter'

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'White Sox to the Letter'

Inspired by Ogden Nash’s 1949 poem “A Lineup for Yesterday”

 

A is for A.J.

Once punched in the face

If strike three ain’t caught

He’ll steal first base

 

B is for Baines

Who’s known to speak gently

When asked if he’ll homer

He said, “Evidently!”

 

C for Comiskey

The old baseball yard

When it was torn down

I took it quite hard

 

D is for Donkey

I mean Adam Dunn

He’d strike out or walk

Or hit a home run

 

E is for Eloy

He isn’t here yet

Though an All-Star career

Is still a good bet

 

F is for Fisk

The incomparable Pudge

From his perch behind home

Not an inch he would budge

 

G is for Gold

G is for Glove

Aparicio is

Who I’m thinking of

 

H is for Hawk

Unforgettable voice

Stretch! Dadgummit!

And don’t stop now boys!

 

I for Iguchi

Second base man

Won World Series

Returned to Japan

 

J is for Jackson

The legend still grows

A home run or touchdown

Only Bo knows

 

K is for Kopech

Speed, he has plenty

He’ll pile up strikeouts

In two thousand twenty

 

L is for Luke

Old Aches and Pains

Hit .388

That record remains

 

M is for Mark

As in Mister Buehrle

When he takes the mound

The game will end early

 

N is for no-no

Wilson Alvarez, Humber

Two by Mark Buehrle

Too many to number

 

O for Orestes

Miñoso’s real name

Not in the Hall

And that’s a real shame

 

P is for Paulie

He gave it his all

At the championship rally

Gave Jerry the ball

 

Q for Quintana

Kept coming up short

Only because

Of no run support

 

R is for Richie

But please call him Dick

A dangerous man

When he’s swinging the stick

 

S is for shoes

Which were not worn by Joe

In 1919

Please say it ain’t so

 

T is for Thomas

Amazing career

He went to the Hall

And brewed Big Hurt Beer

 

U for Uribe

He played everywhere

When the ball left his bat

Hands waved in the air

 

V is for Veeck

He knew how to sell

Fireworks, promotions

And Eddie Gaedel

 

W is for William

Or Bill; He was Beltin’

So hot was the corner

Third baseman was Melton

 

X is for Fox

At least the last letter

Among second basemen

Nobody was better

 

Y is for Yolmer

He has sneaky power

The master of giving

A Gatorade shower

 

Z is for Zisk

And others I missed

Unable to fit

In my White Sox list