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
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.