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White Sox impressed with how Chris Sale handled inning that shouldn't have been

White Sox impressed with how Chris Sale handled inning that shouldn't have been

Robin Ventura described it as a “weird” inning for Chris Sale, one in which the amped up four-time All-Star hit himself in the head with a baseball after a wild streak resulted in 36 pitches and two runs allowed.

And it never should have happened.

Pitching coach Don Cooper was still bothered Sunday morning by a ruling from plate umpire Bill Miller on Saturday that resulted in Byung Ho Park being awarded first base when a 2-2 slider from Sale struck his leg. Only problem was, Park also swung at the pitch and appeared to go around for the third strike. But Park instead went to first to load the bases and the inning got real dicey for Sale, who forced in runs with a walk and another hit batsmen. Sale recovered, of course, and caught fire, retiring 19 of the last 20 he faced to become baseball’s first seven-game winner. But Cooper thought Sale never should been in the situation in the first place.

“Chris last night was fine,” Cooper said. “He got the first two guys out. Gave up two hits and struck Park out with a swing and miss. Then everybody said it gets to be an ugly inning. He should have been out of the inning. It cost us two runs, at least an inning worth of pitches and put the game in jeopardy — one small miss.”

It didn’t take Cooper or manager Robin Ventura long to notice something was a little amiss with Sale, who admits he was fired up to face the Minnesota Twins, a team he struggled against last season. Sale intentionally has worked at lower velocities for most of the season. Just about the time the radar gun flashed 97 mph on a fastball to Eduardo Nunez did Ventura realize Sale brought extra intensity to the mound.

“He has been a little more of a hybrid as far as velocity, taking a little off, being in the zone,” Ventura said. “That’s what I mean by weird. He just hasn’t done that in a long time. …

“Maybe his first couple years of starting, if he either got banged up a little bit or if it was an erratic inning, he would just throw it harder. I think that’s what it seemed like last night.”

Cooper and second baseman Brett Lawrie gave Sale some encouragement during a mound visit after the left-hander’s bases-loaded walk of Oswaldo Arcia, which made it a 1-0 game. Not long after, Sale got out of the jam and took over.

Lawrie said his brief speech wasn’t “anything crazy,” but preferred to keep details between him and Sale. But he was very impressed with Sale’s rebound.

“As soon as he finds what he’s looking for, its takes two seconds, boom, as soon as he gets it he’s locked in and he leaves it all out on the field for us,” Lawrie said. “We don’t have worry about Chris.

“I don’t think anybody was that panicked to be honest.”

Ventura said he wasn’t overly concerned in the dugout, either. He intended to give Sale plenty of leeway to work with to get out of the jam. Sale only allowed one more batter to reach base in his final six innings, which gave his offense ample time to rally.

Afterward, Sale credited his teammates for a big emotional assist. Happy with his team’s victory, he still seemed a little disappointed with how he reacted to the situation, what with slamming a baseball off his head.

“When I get mad I feel like hurting myself,” Sale said with a laugh. “I don’t get it. I don’t understand it. That’s another thing, too. That’s something I’ve gotta get over. That’s the immaturity part coming out and that’s when the overthrowing happens and that’s when I dug myself a hole. Just gotta quit being an idiot out there, trust in the process and rely on my guys, because I’ve got some good ones behind me.”

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