Delmonico's 2 HRs power White Sox past Rangers
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[August 19, 2017]
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Chicago
White Sox are going nowhere in 2017, but they showed Friday night
that the future is bright.
Hot-hitting rookie Nicky Delmonico hit two homers and drove in three
as the White Sox snapped a five-game losing streak with a 4-3
victory over Texas.
Delmonico's inside-the-park homer in the eighth inning snapped a 3-3
tie and helped make a winner out of Gregory Infante and set up Juan
Minaya for a save. The win was the first in the majors for Infante
(1-1) and the save was the first in Minaya's career.
Delmonico's heroics also helped end a four-game winning streak for
Delmonico opened the eighth by lining a Ricky Rodriguez (0-1) pitch
deep to right. Texas right fielder Nomar Mazara crashed into the
wall and stayed down, allowing Delmonico to scoot home with the
first inside-the-park homer for a Chicago player since Brett Lawrie
on June 26, 2016.
It also capped a night in which he went 2-for-3 with three RBIs. He
now has five homers in his first 15 games and has reached base
safely in 14 of those. He already has two two-homer games, but the
inside-the-parker goes to the top of the list.
"I felt like I ran out of gas right before third, but luckily I was
able to score," said Delmonico, who now has four homers in his last
11 plate appearances. "I thought maybe there was a chance to get
out, but luckily I beat it. In Triple-A this year I hit one. This is
Special is the best way to describe the start for Delmonico's
"He's going to have an opportunity to do very well," Chicago manager
Rick Renteria said. "His composure, his approach, his demeanor is a
big part of that. I think he's a baseball player. He's been around
the block, grinding out, trying to get here. I think he appreciates
the opportunity he's getting. He just goes out and plays the game."
The Rangers caught a break on the homer, too. Mazara stayed down and
was looked at by the team trainers after hyperextending his left
knee. He remained in the game and was examined by team doctor Keith
Meister after, with no structural damage found.
""I'm okay," said Mazara, who extended his hitting streak to six by
going 1-for-2 with two walks. "When I jumped and got down my leg
locked a little bit and I felt something I've never felt before. And
then when I got up I got scared. Thank God everything's fine. I knew
right away it was my knee, the outside part. I didn't want to get up
because it was hurting at the time. Then I sat down and it was kind
of calming down."
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White Sox third baseman Nicky Delmonico (30) is greeted in the
dugout after hitting a two run homer in the sixth inning against the
Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Ray
Carlin-USA TODAY Sports
Infante retired all five batters he faced, striking
out one. Minaya worked around a leadoff walk in the ninth to
preserve the win.
The White Sox took an early 1-0 lead off Texas starter Andrew
Cashner when Leury Garcia scored on an error. Chicago starter James
Shields made that run stand up until Mike Napoli hit a two-run homer
into the Texas bullpen in the fourth inning.
The White Sox regained the lead in the sixth when Delmonico ripped a
Cashner pitch to right for a two-run homer to put Chicago up 3-2.
Texas tied the score in the bottom of the seventh on a Delino
DeShields grounder. Shields was charged with two runs and five hits
in 5 1/3 innings.
Cashner had his streak of quality starts end at six, allowing three
runs (two earned) in 5 2/3 innings.
"I felt all right, not my best, but I found a way to grind through
and give us a chance to win," Cashner said. "Everything I've been
through in my career I kind of have an idea of what I need to do to
get through a game without having my best stuff. My sinker was kind
of hit and me. Changeup was decent and my curveball was all right.
It was more working both sides of the plate with a fastball and
keeping them off balance."
Tim Anderson had three of the nine Chicago hits and Jose Abreu went
NOTES: Chicago will recall RHP Lucas Giolito from Triple-A Charlotte
on Monday to start one of the doubleheader games against Minnesota.
He is 6-10 with a 4.48 ERA for Charlotte. ... Chicago OF Avisail
Garcia was out of the lineup again because of sore left wrist. He
could play Saturday. ... Texas 3B Adrian Beltre moved into a tie for
27th on the career hit list with his single in the sixth inning.
He's tied with Rafael Palmeiro with 3,020 hits.
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