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White Sox, Royals suspended after 8 innings


White Sox, Royals suspended after 8 innings

Friday night’s contest between the White Sox and Kansas City Royals was suspended in a 2-2 tie after 8 innings.

After the teams played in windy, wet conditions for more than four innings, umpires pulled both teams off the field in the top of the ninth. The grounds crew was constantly at work during the latter half of the game, applying dirt and raking. But a steady rain continued to fall and umpires decided to end the game, which will conclude at 1:10 p.m. on Saturday before the start of the regularly scheduled contest.

Though they continued to struggle offensively, the White Sox put together a second strong game against the defending American League champions before the contest was delayed.

Coming off the worst start of his career, Jose Quintana bounced back despite the cold, sloppy conditions.

“He battled,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “The one walk there kind of bit him. From where he was, I think right now this is the guy we're used to seeing. He battles and gives you a chance.

“They're tough, that's obvious. We're hanging in there and we're tough, too. I like our shot.”

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Quintana — who allowed nine earned runs in a loss at Detroit on Sunday — had his best command of the season. He commanded all of his pitches, throwing 63 strikes and 35 balls. 

Aside from former Sox prospect Paulo Orlando, Quintana didn’t run into much trouble. Orlando had hits in both his at-bats against Quintana, starting the third inning with a double and scoring on Alcides Escobar’s one-out single, and driving in a run with a fifth-inning single.

But Quintana didn’t get himself into many jams otherwise. He also was far more efficient, needing 21 pitches to get through two innings after he threw 42 in the first inning alone against the Tigers.

Quintana allowed two earned runs and seven hits with a walk and five strikeouts in seven innings.

The left-hander’s run support was sparing but enough to earn him the 41st no decision of his career. The White Sox — hitless in their last 16 at-bats with runners in scoring position — tied it at 1 in the fourth on Tyler Flowers’ RBI groundout. Adam Eaton then tripled to start the seventh inning and scored on Melky Cabrera’s sacrifice fly to right field.

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Royals starter Danny Duffy limited the White Sox to an unearned run and six hits in 5 1/3 innings.

The White Sox endured a scary moment in the third inning when Jose Abreu tripped over Escobar as he chased him in a rundown. Abreu applied the tag — though it took a review for the call to be properly made — and fell hard on to the ground, appearing to clutch his right shoulder. But after several minutes and the use of smelling salts, Abreu got up and stayed in the game.

Ventura’s reaction to believing his first baseman was lost?

“A heart attack,” Ventura said. “I'm just glad he's fine. Once he got over that you could tell he was fine.

“I think he landed on the foot of the base on his ribs. It kind of knocked the wind out him, and it was cold. At first I thought it was his wrist or something like that. When I got out there it was cold. I think there were a lot of things going on at the same time.”

Saturday’s forecast calls for more rain. Were it to be rained out, the White Sox and Royals would resume Friday’s contest before the start of Sunday’s regularly scheduled game.


After short stint in the majors, White Sox send Zack Collins to Triple-A

After short stint in the majors, White Sox send Zack Collins to Triple-A

When general manager Rick Hahn has talked about bringing up key prospects, he says he wants those players to be able to come up to the majors and stay there. That won't be the case with Zack Collins.

The White Sox sent the catcher down to Triple-A Charlotte following Monday's 5-2 loss to the Royals. No corresponding move will be made until Tuesday, but it is expected Welington Castillo will return from his rehab stint and rejoin the White Sox.

Collins was called up on June 18, but only played in nine games with seven starts in his 28 days on the big league roster. Collins drew a pinch-hit walk in his first plate appearance at the Cubs on June 19. He then homered two days later in his first start in Texas.

After that, Collins struggled. He goes back to Charlotte after hitting .077 (2-for-26) with five walks, the one home run and 14 strikeouts in 31 plate appearances.

It's unclear if Collins had a chance to stick on the roster or if the plan was for him to go back to Triple-A once Castillo was ready to return. Collins certainly didn't do himself any favors at the plate, but he also didn't see regular playing time.

Collins, a first-round pick in 2016, was seen working out at first base in fielding practice before games, but he stuck to catcher and DH. He could have played some first base or DH when Castillo returned. However, the White Sox claimed A.J. Reed off waivers and he debuted after the all-star break. Reed has taken the at-bats at DH, leaving Collins without regular at-bats.

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White Sox prospect Luis Robert on fire fresh off promotion to Triple-A

White Sox prospect Luis Robert on fire fresh off promotion to Triple-A

Luis Robert has been promoted twice in 2019, but nothing has slowed down his red-hot season.

The 21-year-old Cuban has only played in five games for Triple-A Charlotte, but has skipped past the adjustment period and has been productive in all five.

After collecting two hits, a walk and two stolen bases on Monday, Robert is hitting .429/.500/.810 for the Knights. He has reached base at least twice in every game with Charlotte.

Robert has shown some versatility in his game as well. He hit four extra base hits in his first three games, including two home runs in his first game for Charlotte. In the last two he has added three stolen bases. One of the stolen bases on Monday didn’t require a slide.

With Eloy Jimenez coming into his own for the White Sox and Dylan Cease one start into his major league career, Luis Robert is the clear gem of the White Sox system currently. The outfielder is ranked as the No. 5 prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline.

Charlotte’s BB&T Ballpark is known as a hitters’ park and Triple-A plays with the same baseballs that have been under fire lately for being juiced for hitters in the majors. It makes sense that Robert would put up big numbers, but it’s still an impressive start that has White Sox fans antsy for his call-up.

It’s just five games and the White Sox haven’t been in any rush with their top prospects, but Robert is showing that he isn’t that far away from being ready for MLB pitching.

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