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White Sox beat Indians on Carlos Sanchez's walk-off single

White Sox beat Indians on Carlos Sanchez's walk-off single

Adam Eaton hoped he’d get the chance to rock Thursday afternoon’s hero Carlos Sanchez like a baby just like Sanchez has done so many times before.

But within seconds of his game-winning single falling in, Sanchez, who lifted the White Sox to a 2-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians in front of 14,190 at U.S. Cellular, was mobbed by his teammates on the infield dirt. Sanchez’s blooper to right center easily scored pinch runner Leury Garcia and helped the White Sox secure a series victory over the Indians. Jose Abreu homered and James Shields and four relievers combined on a four-hitter as the White Sox beat the Indians for the third time in four tries.

“I didn’t have a chance to do it,” Eaton said. “I was going to try to do it, but everyone was riding him like a pony because he always wants to pick everybody up.”

Omar Narvaez helped to set up what is the highlight of a nice month for Sanchez when the catcher started the bottom of the ninth inning with a single to center off Bryan Shaw. Garcia ran for Narvaez and stole second base to reach scoring position. Shaw struck out Avisail Garcia and got ahead of Sanchez 1-2 in the count. But Sanchez, who went 2-for-4, fought off the afternoon shadows and got enough of a cut-fastball to dump it into right for the winning hit.

“(It’s) really fun when you help your team win games,” Sanchez said. “I enjoyed that moment a lot.

“I was looking for a fastball away, but it was really hard to see.”

The starting second baseman for much of last season, Sanchez has struggled in a part-time role in his four stints with the White Sox in 2016. Even with an average over .300 in September, Sanchez carried a .173 average and nine RBIs for the season into Thursday’s game.

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With Brett Lawrie starting all season and Tyler Saladino having emerged as a viable utility man, playing time has been limited for Sanchez, who is wildly popular with teammates for a quirky sense of humor that results in moments like rocking Eaton in the dugout like a baby. But with Abreu still a little sore after Monday’s game, Sanchez took advantage of his third consecutive start at third base. He also singled in the seventh inning and is 9-for-26 with six RBIs this month in seven games.

“For him to sit around as much as he has and then be able to come in, he's had a couple days here where he's played,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “So I think the timing of it, getting back to where you're seeing the ball well enough, he just finds a way to do it. He continues to work every day. You try to do as much as you can to get the speed of the game down, but it's not an easy thing to do.”

Neither is tracking down a player mobbed by his teammates, as Eaton can attest. Sanchez said afterward he didn’t expect Eaton to rock him because that’s only an acceptable celebration for home runs. But Eaton wanted to anyway — his teammates’ celebration just happened to prevent it.

“They returned the favor so I didn’t get a chance,” Eaton said. “He does a lot more for us than just being a player. You can tell by the team’s reaction how much we love him.”

White Sox selling special T-shirts to support Chicago coronavirus response

White Sox selling special T-shirts to support Chicago coronavirus response

Want to get a cool-looking White Sox T-shirt and support an important cause at the same time?

You're in luck.

The White Sox announced Friday that they're selling T-shirts with a pair of limited-edition designs to support the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund.

The shirts, sporting elements of the White Sox logos, the Chicago city flag and the slogan "Chicago Together," went on sale at whitesox.com/chicagotogether at 10 a.m. Friday morning.

RELATED: Eloy Jiménez makes surprise donation to workers making masks in Little Village

As the White Sox mentioned in their announcement, the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund is a collaboration with the City of Chicago, The Chicago Community Trust and United Way of Metro Chicago that disburses funds to local nonprofit organizations serving the region’s most vulnerable neighbors. In March, the White Sox and the Bulls commited $200,000 to support the fund.

NBC Sports Chicago put on the "Be Chicago" fundraiser show to support the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund. You can watch that show in its entirety right here.

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White Sox 2005 Rewind: Small ball, Paul ball, over-the-wall ball

White Sox 2005 Rewind: Small ball, Paul ball, over-the-wall ball

If you were paying really close attention during Game 2 of the ALCS, you saw it.

One fan in the stands at U.S. Cellular Field was hoisting a sign that perfectly summed up how the White Sox scored their runs during a 99-win regular season and during a march to the World Series.

“Small ball, Paul ball, over-the-wall ball.”

Small ball was rebranded “Ozzie ball” by these White Sox, who reaped the rewards of Kenny Williams’ bold offseason trade. The general manager shipped away a productive slugger, Carlos Lee, for a speed demon on the base paths, Scott Podsednik. Lee was pretty darn good at swinging the stick. But the White Sox craved balance in their lineup, and with Podsednik’s base-stealing ability causing chaos at the top of the order, they got it and scored more runs in the first inning than any other during the 2005 season.

Paul ball, well that’s obvious. Paul Konerko was the team’s MVP in 2005. He smashed 40 homers for the second straight season and hit triple digits in RBIs for the third time in his career. He was particularly potent during the second half, helping to prevent a complete free fall out of first place with the Cleveland Indians charging in September.

And over-the-wall ball? Well, as balanced as the White Sox lineup was thanks to Podsednik’s arrival, the South Siders still hit a lot of home runs. Seven different hitters launched at least 15 dingers. Even Podsednik, who had zero of them during the regular season, got in on the power display in the playoffs, hitting one in the ALDS and a walk-off homer in the World Series.

Fast forward two nights from when that sign was lifted up on the South Side, and you saw the White Sox follow that script to a “T” in Southern California.

In the first 17.2 innings of the ALCS, the White Sox scored three measly runs. A tip of the cap to the Angels’ pitching staff, but this was not the same production from a lineup that mauled the Red Sox during the first round of the playoffs. Then A.J. Pierzynski swung, missed and ran to first base and the White Sox offense woke up. Over the course of the next five White Sox hitters to step to the plate — Joe Crede’s walk-off double to finish Game 2 and the first four batters of Game 3 — the White Sox scored four runs.

How’d they do it against John Lackey in Game 3? How do you think?

Podsednik did his thing at the top of the lineup and got on base with a leadoff hit. Then Tadahito Iguchi bunted him into scoring position ahead of Jermaine Dye’s RBI double. Paul Konerko followed with a solo homer slammed into the left-field seats — the beginning of a three-hit, three-RBI night for him — and the White Sox had a crooked number on the board. Just like that.

Small ball, Paul ball, over-the-wall ball.

Of course, this all leaves out the most important ingredient in the White Sox success that season and in this series, in particular: starting pitching. While the offense took a while to wake up in the ALCS, the pitching was on point from “go.” Jose Contreras threw 8.1 innings in Game 1. Mark Buehrle allowed just one run in nine innings in Game 2. And Jon Garland followed with the second of what would be four straight complete-game efforts by White Sox starters in this series.

Though there was more to come, with Freddy Garcia and Contreras going the distance in Games 4 and 5, through three games, White Sox starters had already turned in an impressive string of games, allowing just six runs in 26.1 innings for a 2.05 ERA.

But as good as the pitching was — and it was out-of-this-world good — the White Sox needed to get back to their run-scoring ways following the quiet offensive performances in Games 1 and 2. They did just that, and not until Game 4 of the World Series did they score fewer than five runs.

When it came to how they scored those runs moving forward, the sign didn’t lie.

Small ball? Podsednik wrecked havoc the very next night in Game 4 of the ALCS, reaching base four times (thrice via the walk), stole a pair of bases and scored two runs.

Paul ball? Konerko had more damage to do, with at least one hit in each of the next five playoff games, including an unforgettable grand slam in Game 2 of the World Series.

Over-the-wall ball? The White Sox hit three homers in the final two games of the ALCS, then six more in the World Series, including iconic shots from Konerko, Podsednik and Geoff Blum.

So there are a few hundred words on the subject. But did I really do any better with all those words than that fan did with eight?

“Small ball, Paul ball, over-the-wall ball.”

Keep reliving the White Sox march to the 2005 World Series with #SoxRewind, which features Game 4 of the ALCS, airing at 7 p.m. Friday on NBC Sports Chicago.

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