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Rios hits walk-off slam to push Sox past Indians

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Rios hits walk-off slam to push Sox past Indians

Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011Posted: 6:51 p.m. Updated: 8:24 p.m.

Associated Press

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After faltering with the bases loaded all game, Alex Rios wouldn't let the Chicago White Sox come up empty again.Rios hit a game-ending grand slam in the 10th inning to lift Chicago to a 7-3 win over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday.Rios' one out, first-pitch shot off Chris Perez (3-7) was Chicago's first game-ending home run this season and his first career grand slam."I assumed he was going to come (inside)," Rios said. "I guess I got the pitch and put a good swing on it. It worked."The blast came after the White Soxloaded the bases with one out for the fifth time in the game. In eachof the first four occasions, Chicago didn't score, leaving the basesfull.The White Sox squandered bases-fullsituations in the first, sixth, eighth and ninth, and stranded 15runners during the first nine innings before Rios snapped the streak inthe 10th."Sometimes you get in stretches whereyou have a hard time scoring runs," Rios said. "I felt like we had oneof those games today. We came through."Rios, one of Chicago's highest-paidplayers, struck out with the bases full in the first inning and hasstruggled to a .222 average this season, making Saturday's triumph thatmuch better."It was great," Rios said. "Webattled through the whole game. It was a long game and to do that, it'sgood. Any time you get a win, it's good."Chicago had plenty of baserunnersall day, with 10 hits and a season-high 11 walks but went just 3 for 15with runners in scoring position."That (summed up) the White Sox season right there," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "The only thing we did good is we won."I'm glad we won, but it was tough.When you see that over and over and over, what's going on? You missed avery interesting Sunday paper if we lose this game."Alejandro De Aza doubled twice, walked and scored two runs for Chicago. Gordon Beckham had a double, two walks and two RBIs.Sergio Santos (4-4) threw a scoreless inning to get the win in relief. Santos combined with Chris Sale to strike out six straight batters during the late innings.Shelley Duncan doubled, homered and scored two runs for Cleveland. Matt LaPorta added a two-run double and Jim Thome singled twice.Indians starter Fausto Carmonaallowed six hits and three runs in 5 1-3 innings, lowering his ERA to9.14 ERA in four starts against the White Sox this season.Perez took the loss and wasn't too happy about the circumstances that led up to it, especially the walks."Very rarely you see major-leaguepitchers one through five have to struggle throwing strikes," Perezsaid. "We'll have our off-days here and there, but not our wholebullpen."Chicago's Phil Humber was sharp inhis six innings, holding Cleveland to two runs and striking out seven,but settled for a no-decision on Saturday after throwing just 73pitches."That's not my call," Humber said ofthe timing of his removal. "Obviously you want to be out there, but atthe same time (Guillen) has been around a long time. I'm never going toquestion the manager on that."I feel great. I feel like today was the best I've thrown in awhile."The Indians went ahead on LaPorta'stwo-run double in the fifth, snapping Humber's streak of 13 1-3scoreless innings. LaPorta was making his first start for the Indianssince Aug. 29, the day before he was sent down to Triple-A Columbus.Adam Dunn singled in the sixth,ending a string of 18 hitless at-bats, and started Chicago's rally. DeAza doubled off the center-field wall, sending Dunn to third andCarmona to the showers after 103 pitches.Chad Durbin replaced Carmona andwalked Brent Morel and Beckham, forcing in Dunn with the tying run.Juan Pierre singled in De Aza, giving Chicago a 3-2 lead.Duncan greeted reliever Jesse Crainwith a homer to left-center in the seventh, tying the score 3-all.Duncan has with five homers and 10 RBIs in seven games over the lastweek.But the hero was Rios, not a title he's been able to claim often this season."If you win it in that fashion, it makes it a little more fun," Rios said. "Every time you get a win, it's important."NOTES: First base umpire Ed Rapuanohad to leave the game in the fourth inning because of sore neck.Indians RHP Josh Tomlin (elbow) is doing "very well" with his throwingprogram and the team is leaning toward not shutting him down, managerManny Acta said. ... DH Travis Hafner (foot) ran the bases on Saturdaybut Acta said there is still no timetable on his return. 3B JackHannahan (calf strain) will rejoin the Indians in Texas, though Acta isnot sure when he'll return to game action. The Indians will send UbaldoJimenez to the mound for Sunday's series finale against Chicago rookieZach Stewart. Jimenez is 2-1 with a 5.56 ERA since he was acquired fromColorado on July 31. Stewart is coming off a one-hit shutout ofMinnesota on Sept. 5 in which he carried a perfect game into the eighthinning.Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This materialmay not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Daily White Sox prospects update: Gavin Sheets hits his first homer of 2018

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Daily White Sox prospects update: Gavin Sheets hits his first homer of 2018

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

Class A Winston-Salem

Gavin Sheets hit his first home run of the season in a 12-4 loss. While it's taken him this long to hit his first ball out of the park, Sheets has a .380 on-base percentage and his 24 walks make for one of the top 10 totals in the Carolina League. Blake Rutherford doubled in this one, while Sheets, Rutherford, Alex Call and Luis Alexander Basabe combined to draw five walks.

Class A Kannapolis

Luis Gonzalez and Evan Skoug each had a hit in a 9-3 win.

Triple-A Charlotte

Charlie Tilson had two hits in a 9-3 loss.

James Shields is having a stellar May and making comeback wins possible for the White Sox

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James Shields is having a stellar May and making comeback wins possible for the White Sox

If you haven’t checked in with what James Shields is doing in a while, your opinion of the veteran pitcher’s performance might need some updating.

Shields didn’t exactly win the confidence of White Sox fans during his first two seasons on the South Side. After arriving in a midseason trade with the San Diego Padres in 2016, he posted a 6.77 ERA in 22 starts, during which he allowed 31 home runs. He followed that up with a 5.23 ERA and 27 home runs allowed in 2017.

And the 2018 season didn’t start out great, either, with a 6.17 ERA over his first five outings.

But the month of May has brought a dramatic turn in the vet’s production. In five May starts, he’s got a 3.27 ERA in five starts, all of which have seen him go at least six innings (he’s got six straight outings of at least six innings, dating back to his last start in April).

And his two most recent starts have probably been his two best ones of the season. After allowing just one run on three hits in 7.1 innings last Thursday against the Texas Rangers, he gave up just two runs on five hits Tuesday night against the Baltimore Orioles.

The White Sox, by the way, won both of those games in comeback fashion. They scored four runs in the eighth against Texas and three in the eighth against Baltimore for a pair of “Ricky’s boys don’t quit” victories made possible by Shields’ great work on the mound.

“That’s what it’s all about,” he said after Tuesday’s game. “It’s our job as starters to keep us in the game as long as we possibly can, no matter how we are hitting in a game. At the end of the game, you can always score one or two runs and possibly win a ballgame like we did tonight.”

The White Sox offense was indeed having trouble much of Tuesday’s game, kept off the scoreboard by Orioles starter Kevin Gausman. Particularly upsetting for White Sox Twitter was the sixth inning, when the South Siders put two runners in scoring position with nobody out and then struck out three straight times to end the inning.

But Shields went out and pitched a shut-down seventh, keeping the score at 2-0. Bruce Rondon did much the same thing in the eighth, and the offense finally sparked to life in the bottom of the inning when coincidentally presented with a similar situation to the one in the sixth. This time, though, the inning stayed alive and resulted in scoring, with Welington Castillo, Yoan Moncada and Yolmer Sanchez driving in the three runs.

“I’m out there doing my job,” Shields said. “My job is to try to keep us in the game. And we had some good starters against us that have been throwing well. If I can keep them close, we are going to get some wins and get some wins throughout the rest of the year like that. That’s the name of the game.”

Shields’ value in this rebuilding effort has been discussed often. His veteran presence is of great value in the clubhouse, particularly when it comes to mentoring young pitchers like Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez, among others. Shields can act as an example of how to go about one’s business regardless of the outcomes of his starts. But when he can lead by example with strong outings, that’s even more valuable.

“I’m trying to eat as many innings as possible,” he said. “We kind of gave our bullpen — we taxed them a little bit the first month of the season. We are kind of getting back on track. Our goal as a starting staff is to go as deep as possible, and in order to do that, you’ve got to throw strikes and get ahead of hitters.

“Not too many playoff teams, a starting staff goes five and dive every single game. My whole career I’ve always wanted to go as deep as possible. I wanted to take the ball all the way to the end of the game. And we’ve done a pretty good job of it of late.”

It’s a long time between now and the trade deadline, and consistency has at times escaped even the brightest spots on this rebuilding White Sox roster. But Shields has strung together a nice bunch of starts here of late, and if that kind of performance can continue, the White Sox front office might find that it has a potential trade piece on its hands. That, too, is of value to this rebuild.

Until that possibility occurs, though, the team will take more solid outings that give these young players an opportunity to learn how to come back and learn how to win.