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White Sox record first ever 9-3-2-6-2-5 triple play

White Sox record first ever 9-3-2-6-2-5 triple play

The White Sox turned their first triple play in almost 10 years, and if they don’t for another decade, at least the one they executed on Friday will be memorable for a while.

Just how memorable?

“Besides marrying my wife and the birth of my kid, to be honest with you, that's high up there,” said Adam Eaton, who made the first out by catching a liner in right field. “It was unbelievable. I've never had that much fun on a ball field. I'm very confident saying that. I've never had that much fun on a ball field, and it couldn't have happened with a better group of guys.

“I've never been to the playoffs, but I've never had that type of intensity and overall joyfulness out of everybody. It was truly a team effort.”

Here’s how it went down.

The White Sox had a 5-0 lead in the top of the seventh inning. Jose Quintana was stuck in a jam with the bases loaded. Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland lined out to Eaton in right field, who relayed the throw to Jose Abreu at first, tagging Ian Desmond after multiple attempts.

The White Sox first baseman then hauled the ball over to catcher Dioner Navarro, who threw to shortstop Tyler Saladino, catching Adrian Beltre in a rundown between second and third. Saladino then shifted his attention to Prince Fielder, who was caught and eventually tagged by Todd Frazier between third and home.

It was listed as a 9-3-2-6-2-5 triple play, the first ever according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Five White Sox players were involved, and when the third out was recorded, all nine players were in the infield.

Robin Ventura, who has been a part of a triple play before, hadn’t seen anything quite like this one.

“It's just a great job — great jump by Adam in right field to get it in,” said Ventura. “When you kind of break it back down, it was run perfectly. You get the guy at first base. You get the ball home, get it back to second base and Sal running down and getting it. It's just a heads up play — everybody's pointing and filling in where they're supposed to be filling in. 

“They ran it as well as you could and if anybody on the field deserves to have that happen, it's (Quintana). I think that's a good sign. It's something he's earned with what he's been through."

The triple play just about sealed the game for the White Sox in their series opener against the Rangers, who came into Friday's game on a four-game win streak. Quintana's gem powered the White Sox to their 11th win of the season.

The lefthander was glad he got the win, but it was the triple play that was monumental in this game.

"That was fun. That was fun," Quintana said. "We finished the game in the seventh inning, that was fun. I enjoyed this moment.”

Jose Quintana's first start against the White Sox will come Friday

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Jose Quintana's first start against the White Sox will come Friday

Well, the opening game of this weekend's Crosstown series on the South Side just got a lot more interesting.

The Cubs are juggling their rotation a bit as they head toward the postseason, and in doing so, Jose Quintana is now scheduled to pitch against his former club Friday afternoon at Guaranteed Rate Field. It will be the first time he's faced the South Siders since last summer's trade that sent him to the other side of town.

Rick Hahn's front office shipped Quintana to the North Side in exchange for a package that included Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease. The trade initially looked like a winner for both teams, with the Cubs in win-now mode and the White Sox in rebuilding mode. It's looking even better for both sides at the moment.

Quintana has been on fire of late, with a 2.10 ERA in his last six starts. Meanwhile, Jimenez and Cease are arguably the two best prospects in the White Sox loaded farm system. Jimenez is ranked as the No. 3 prospect in the game after a big season swinging the bat, and Cease was the organization's best minor league pitcher this season, both guys sparking big expectations for the team's bright future.

While the Cubs have to be confident in Quintana with how well he's pitched of late, he's returning to a ballpark where pitching well didn't always end in wins. He infamously received an unbelievably small amount of run support during his otherwise terrific tenure on the South Side and posted just a 22-27 record in his 84 games (all but two of which were starts) at Guaranteed Rate Field. Of course, the win-loss record doesn't reflect the 3.59 ERA he posted there in a White Sox uniform.

Quintana will almost surely get a nice ovation from White Sox fans, who treated also-traded starting pitcher Chris Sale well in his return to the South Side last season, but this Crosstown series could have a little more meaning than most. The Cubs remain in a tight division battle with the Milwaukee Brewers, meaning the White Sox have an opportunity to play spoiler. And while Quintana won't be trying to strike out Jimenez or battling against Cease, his former club could have an opportunity to pour some rain on the Cubs' late-season parade.

White Sox Talk Podcast: What kind of player will Yoan Moncada become?

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White Sox Talk Podcast: What kind of player will Yoan Moncada become?

Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey and Vinnie Duber discuss the trials and tribulations of Yoan Moncada during his first full season in the majors and what kind of player they think he will become.

Plus, they talk about some White Sox buried treasure that Chuck found on the internet: Nolan Ryan pitching a no-hitter into the ninth inning against the White Sox from 1974 with audio from Harry Caray's call that night.

Listen to the full episode here or via the embedded player below: