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Melky Cabrera lifts White Sox over Mariners in extra innings

Melky Cabrera lifts White Sox over Mariners in extra innings

SEATTLE -- Melky Cabrera dropped by at the right time on Friday night.

The veteran hitter’s two-out, two-strike RBI double in the 10th inning helped the White Sox snap a four-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners in front of 32,371 at Safeco Field. The hit lifted the White Sox when they needed it most as they finally claimed victory after a series of losses where they rallied but couldn’t quite get over the hump.

Cabrera doubled off Seattle reliever Tony Zych to deep right to help the White Sox win for only the third time in 13 games. It also helped avoid the disappointment of losing another Jose Quintana gem. Quintana delivered eight outstanding innings as he and David Robertson combined on a one-hitter.

“Huge,” manager Rick Renteria said. “Melky’s been wanting to contribute. He’s done it couple of times in the last week or so, at home and then today. But big for him and big for all of us.

“(The win) picks you up. There’s no doubt. We’ve had a couple of back-to-back tough losses, extra innings. That one today was big for us to be able to pick up, to not waste Q’s outing.”

Marred in a 9-for-50 spell over his last 12-plus games, Cabrera looked as if he was in for another 0-fer. With pinch-runner Leury Garcia on third, Cabrera fell behind Zych 0-2 in the count after missing two fastballs. But Zych threw a slider and Cabrera ripped into the corner to put the White Sox ahead for good.

“I think that the way that Ricky is keeping us motivated, pushing us everyday is important for us too,” Cabrera said through an interpreter. “That's one of the things that keeps us trying to get our best everyday. I know it's not always easy, but we always try to do our best and try to win games.”

Robertson made it look extremely easy. Not only did he pitch a perfect ninth inning, he delivered one in the 10th, too. He retired six batters on 24 pitches to secure the victory.

“Ricky told me if we got another run I was going out there so,” Robertson said. “I was ready for it.

“We’ve been right on the cusp of winning these ballgames. We just hadn’t put one together. It was nice tonight to actually get it done.”

Quintana looked like the Quintana of old on Friday.

Unfortunately for Quintana, so did the White Sox offense.

[RELATED: Denied an individual win, White Sox teammates honor Jose Quintana after Friday's victory]

Despite limiting the Seattle to one run and one hit, Quintana was saddled with the 61st no decision of his career. He struck out seven and did his best to match Ariel Miranda, who tied a career high with nine strikeouts.

Jose Abreu ended Miranda’s shutout bid with two outs and tied the score at 1 in the sixth inning with a 464-foot home run into the upper deck in left. Abreu finished 3-for-5.

Robertson took over and pitched a scoreless ninth.

That setup Cabrera, who delivered a much-needed victory. It was a big moment for the free-agent-to-be, who had a .196/.224/.283 slash line with two extra-base hits and eight RBIs in his previous dozen games.

“I just always try to do my best, try to help the team to win games, doing the little things,” Cabrera said. “I'm glad for the confidence Ricky has given me. That's important because that keeps my confidence level high. I know he has confidence in me, I have confidence in myself and that's all what matters.”

SportsTalk Live Podcast: What should be the plan to call up the White Sox prospects?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: What should be the plan to call up the White Sox prospects?

SportsTalk Live is on location for White Sox Authentic Fan Night. Phil Rogers (MLB Network), Mark Carman (WGN Radio), David DeJesus and Ozzie Guillen join Kap to talk about Manny Machado Mania, Anthony Rizzo’s struggles and the White Sox plans for calling up their best prospects. 

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

White Sox add Alex Presley at Triple-A, another veteran outfielder who could factor into 2018 plans for banged-up outfield

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White Sox add Alex Presley at Triple-A, another veteran outfielder who could factor into 2018 plans for banged-up outfield

Not long after the White Sox brought Michael Saunders into the organization, another outfielder with major league experience is joining Triple-A Charlotte.

Alex Presley — a 32-year-old who played 71 games last season for the Detroit Tigers and has also spent time with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Minnesota Twins, Houston Astros and Milwaukee Brewers — is the latest addition to the Knights’ outfield. He’s a guy who could potentially be used to help the White Sox outfield, which has seen two Opening Day players go on the disabled list for extended periods of time.

Avisail Garcia is in his fifth week on the DL while dealing with a Grade 2 hamstring strain. Nicky Delmonico is expected to miss the next four to six weeks while recovering from a broken bone in his hand. The White Sox might feel that the collection of Adam Engel, Trayce Thompson, Leury Garcia and Daniel Palka might be enough to get them through those injuries. But the results have not been great from that group. Engel and Thompson are both hitting under .200, while Leury Garcia and Palka have on-base percentages just above .300.

Presley, like Saunders, could be an option for a midseason promotion should he hit well in the minors. He hit .314 with a .354 on-base percentage in those 71 games with the Tigers last season. This year, he was playing in the Baltimore Orioles’ organization, where he hit .275 with a .347 on-base percentage in 26 games.

It’s possible we won’t see either veteran outfielder on the South Side this season (though having Presley here for Elvis Night would be pretty excellent), but it gives the White Sox options should the lack of production from their current crop of outfielders and the injuries to Avisail Garcia and Delmonico keep them out longer.

It’s also quite possible that none of the names mentioned to this point will have a role to play in this team’s long-term future, not an outlandish thought considering Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert, Micker Adolfo, Blake Rutherford and Luis Alexander Basabe are all still developing in the minor leagues.