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White Sox notes: Baserunning, a ridiculous 9th inning and more

White Sox notes: Baserunning, a ridiculous 9th inning and more

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A rather strange postscript to Zack Collins' brief stint in major league camp this year was that, in addition to hitting well, the young catcher also stole two bases. 

But Collins' stolen base success fits with a theme here at Camelback Ranch. The White Sox entered the second half of their split-squad doubleheader Sunday with the second most stolen base attempts (31) in both the Cactus League and Grapefruit League this spring, a product of the club's coaching staff encouraging an aggressive mindset on the base paths. 

The White Sox as a team successfully swiped bases on five of their six attempts in Sunday's 10-8 loss to the Texas Rangers, though Leury Garcia was doubled off second on a line drive and was the only player to be thrown out on a stolen base attempt. Manager Rick Renteria said those mistakes, though, will be used as a teaching tool for the rest of the team. 

"We like aggressive baserunning but recklessness is not a key to being aggressive," Renteria said. "You talk to the player and see what the thought process was. It's a matter of talking to the situation. In most instances we can pinpoint what went wrong. When we talk about it the whole team will be in there and everybody learns from that situation. And then we try to work it out in our skill work.

Outfielder Jacob May, who is in the mix for an Opening Day roster spot with Charlie Tilson's foot keeping him sidelined, leads the White Sox with four stolen bases. As a team, the White Sox have only successfully stolen bases on 64 percent of their attempts, but figuring out how to be aggressive is still something this young roster will have to learn. 

"Overall I've been pretty satisfied with how we react to line drives and run the bases. today was just an anomaly as far as I'm concerned, Renteria said. "But they happen. If we continue to work on the things we need to we'll get better and hopefully recklessness does not become a normal part of our normal operating procedure.

Two touchdowns of runs

Since this happened well past midnight in Chicago, here's a rundown of what the White Sox did in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday night:

Alfredo Gonzalez reaches on a throwing error by third baseman Erick Mejia (Jake Peter pinch-running)
Danny Hayes singles (Joey DeMichele running), Peter to third
Nick Basto singles, Peter scores, DeMichele to second, 3-2 Dodgers
Adam Engel sacrifice bunt, throwing error on pitcher Andrew Istler, DeMichele scores, Basto to third, Engel to second, 3-3
Eddy Alvarez walks
Luis Alexander Basabe singles, Basto scores, Engel scores, Alvarez to third, Basabe to second on the throw, 5-3 White Sox
Jason Bourgeois singles, Alvarez scores, Basabe scores, Bourgeois to third on the throw, 7-3 White Sox
Matt Davidson reaches on a fielding error by left fielder Yusniel Diaz, Bourgeois to third, Davidson to second
Yoan Moncada doubles, Bourgeois scores, Davidson scores, 9-3 White Sox
Peter singles, Moncada to third
Roberto Pena (pinch hitting for DeMichele) hit by pitch, Peter to second (Brett Austin pinch running for Pena)
Basto sacrifice fly, Moncada scores, Peter to third, 10-3 White Sox
Engel walks, Austin to second
Alvarez hit by pitch, Peter scores, Austin to third, Engel to second, 11-3 White Sox
Basabe sacrifice fly, Austin scores, 12-3 White Sox
Bourgeois homers, Engel scores, Alvarez scores, 15-3 White Sox
Davidson walks
Moncada grounds out

Whew. That's 14 runs in the ninth inning. The Dodgers also used four pitchers in the laughable frame. 

Quintana's WBC run comes to an end

Jose Quintana will make his way back to Arizona after Colombia were eliminated from pool play of the World Baseball Classic on Sunday. Colombia pushed the heavily-favored Dominican Republic to extra innings -- and nearly won in the ninth, if not for Jose Bautista's dramatic throw to get would-be winning run Oscar Mercado at home plate -- before losing, 10-3, in extra innings. 

Quintana, though, dazzled in his Friday start against the United States, taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning. White Sox relievers Nate Jones and David Robertson will continue in the WBC with the United States, which advanced from the first round of pool play with a comprehensive 8-0 win over Canada on Sunday. 

Holland fine with not facing Rangers

Derek Holland didn't get a chance to face his former club on Sunday, with the 30-year-old left-hander starting the second game of a split-squad doubleheader at Camelback Ranch against the Los Angeles Dodgers. But Holland -- who pitched for the Rangers from 2009-2016 and was a part of two American League pennant-winning teams -- wasn't overly concerned with missing out on that opportunity. 

"I didn't care," Holland said. "To be honest, it was kind of good to sleep in (for the night game against Los Angeles). I'm going to get to face them. There's no worry about that stuff. You get what you get."

Holland allowed two runs on three hits over 3 2/3 innings Sunday night, issuing three walks with four strikeouts. Catcher Bobby Wilson's two-run home run did all the Dodgers' damage. 

Other notes from Rangers 10, White Sox 8:

-- Zack Burdi allowed his first runs of the spring on a three-run home run to Rangers minor leaguer Cesar Puello with two out in the eighth inning. Burdi allowed two hits with a walk and a strikeout, too, after firing 4 1/3 scoreless innings in his first four Cactus League appearances. 

-- In addition to his two stolen bases, May picked up a pair of hits to raise his spring batting average to .385 and his OPS to .929.

-- Leury Garcia had four hits in five at-bats to raise his spring batting average to .400. Like May, we're dealing with small sample sizes of spring training games, but for a guy who only has 65 major league at-bats since the end of the 2014 season, Garcia's success at the plate is at least somewhat encouraging. 

White Sox Talk Podcast: Inside the White Sox draft room with Nick Hostetler


White Sox Talk Podcast: Inside the White Sox draft room with Nick Hostetler

Chuck Garfien and Ryan McGuffey speak with White Sox scouting director Nick Hosteler inside the team's draft room at Guaranteed Rate Field.

How accurate are the mock drafts? (2:45) Can Andrew Vaughn meeting the lofty expectations? (6:40) Bobby Witt Jr's unique background (8:30), why this draft could bring a face of the franchise type player the top (11:15), and what it's like in the war room on draft day (12:30). Do they have a consensus pick yet? (13:45) Do they need to stock up on pitching? (17:35)

Is Nick Madrigal meeting expectations in Class-A? (26:40) Hostetler's sleeper pick from last season that White Sox fans should watch (30:00) and more.

Listen to the full episode in the embedded player below:

White Sox Talk Podcast


Expect the unexpected: A triple play, a Charlie Tilson grand slam and a White Sox win over the Astros

Expect the unexpected: A triple play, a Charlie Tilson grand slam and a White Sox win over the Astros

Expect the unexpected.

After the way the first two nights went for the White Sox during their four-game stay in Houston, the expectations weren't high going up against Gerrit Cole. Cole entered the game as baseball's strikeout leader, with 93 of them in his first 60.2 innings this season. After White Sox hitters struck out a combined 27 times in the games started by Brad Peacock and Justin Verlander, it figured to be more of the same.

But that's not how baseball works.

The White Sox got solo homers from Eloy Jimenez and Jose Abreu for an early lead on Cole, but it was what they did in the field that got the baseball world buzzing. They turned the first triple play of the 2019 season in slick fashion. It was the White Sox first triple play since the 2016 season, when they turned three of them.

Normally, a triple play would be hands down the highlight of the night. But after the Astros pushed three runs across against Ivan Nova in the bottom of the fourth inning, the White Sox staged a stunning comeback against the typically dominant Cole.

They started the sixth with four straight hits, with Yona Moncada's single tying the game and James McCann, with another successful moment in the cleanup spot, doubling in the go-ahead run. Four batters and two outs later, Charlie Tilson, not exactly known for his power, smacked a grand slam, his first career homer, to bust things open.

Tilson became the first White Sox hitter whose first career homer was a grand slam since Danny Richar back in 2007. It's been a very nice stretch for Tilson, who came up from Triple-A Charlotte early this month. He's slashing .304/.339/.393 in 2019, now with one home run.

So by the end of the evening, the White Sox got a triple play, a Tilson grand slam, not one but two Jimenez home runs and a win over the best team in baseball — in Houston, no less, where the White Sox last win came in September 2017. Outside of a mighty positive night from Jimenez, who has two two-homer nights in just 24 games in his career, these might be oddities with little big-picture applications for this rebuilding organization. But a fun, eventful night for the record books is surely welcome.


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