Wel-done: Castillo's slam sinks White Sox

June 15th, 2017

CHICAGO -- smacked his first career grand slam and recorded a career-best five RBIs as the Orioles snapped their six-game losing six, and an 0-11 mark on the road, with a 10-6 win over the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on Wednesday night.

"You kind of think you're having 'Groundhog Day' there for a little while, but guys just refused to give in," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "It's been a tough stretch for us. We didn't pitch particularly well, but we were fortunate there were a lot of balls hit hard they we were able to make plays on."

White Sox right-hander sat through a 90-minute rain delay before surrendering a season-high eight runs -- his most since June 25, 2016, at Toronto -- with seven of those runs coming in the fourth and fifth innings. He loaded the bases in each of those frames, allowing three to score in the fourth on a fielder's choice and a two-run single to Hyun Soo Kim before serving up the slam to Castillo in the fifth.

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"I felt like my four-seam was cutting," Gonzalez said. "The ball wasn't doing what I wanted to. I felt like my [arm] slot was a little lower than usual. It's something I have to fix, and then we'll be OK."

Castillo's slam, which Statcast™ projected traveled 439 feet, was the Orioles' second grand slam this season. It was also responsible for four of the seven two-out runs the team had Wednesday.

"Honestly, I like that situation," Castillo said. "I'm the kind of guy who likes to come into that situation, because I'm not afraid to fail. This game is about making adjustments. I was just patient in that situation and he left me a fastball up, out over [the plate] and I was able to put a good swing on it."

O's starter lacked his typical poise and command. He allowed more than three runs for the second time this season, allowing five runs (four earned) all in the first two innings. Chicago got to him early on a two-run single, and a Matt Davidson homer. But Bundy retired nine of the last 11 batters he faced.

"Throwing and pitching are two different things there," Bundy said. "I didn't execute in the first two innings, and then started pitching later in the game."

slugged his first Major League home run for the White Sox in the ninth inning. It was the first pinch-hit homer of the season for Chicago.


Second chances: The Orioles looked ready to limit the damage of an early White Sox lead in the second, catching too far off the bag when rounding third base for what should have been the second out. Orioles second baseman 's throw was high, allowing Sanchez to score and another runner to eventually score on 's sac fly. Schoop got the last laugh, drawing a two-out walk -- his 15th in 249 plate appearances -- to load the bases just before Castillo's grand slam.

"I'm one pitch away, and it's been like that the whole year, but I'm sure it's going to change at some point," Gonzalez said of the Schoop at-bat. "I'm going to put my head down and keep working hard, and good things are going to happen.

Schoop was pleased with his restraint during the key plate appearance.

"If you [make] a mistake, you've got to come up and forget about it," he said. "I was trying to have good at-bats, and trying to [make sure] the ball is a strike. If you know me, you know I'm aggressive, and if you throw it out of the zone, I might get myself out. I had a better game plan today."

Davidson dingers again: Davidson led off the second inning with a bang, taking Bundy to the opposite field for a leadoff homer -- his third blast in as many days. Davidson's homer had an exit velocity of 106.3 mph and traveled a projected 415 feet, according to Statcast™. This is the first time he's hit homers in three consecutive games. The blast moved Davidson to 5-for-11 for the series with seven RBIs. He leads the White Sox with 13 home runs this season.

"He's hitting well but it comes and goes," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "I think for the most part his approach and his routine has been pretty consistent. The outcome hasn't been what he's wanted prior to this little spurt and all that he's kind of picking up again. But I think again if he gets pitches he can handle he's able to do some damage with them."


"Was that his first career home run? Wow. Goodness. Thank you for telling me that. I didn't know that. In the big leagues? Yeah. He went in there, he looked very calm at the plate. Took a couple pitches -- or one pitch -- and then got a pitch to hit and obviously hit it out of the ballpark. All the guys were excited for him, yes." -- Renteria, on Hanson's first career homer

"I'm going to get a couple swings off. That's my expectation right now. I'm in the lineup … DH, first base, wherever. I'm in the lineup and that's a big thing for me." -- Orioles rookie David Washington, who went 0-for-4 and struck out three times in his Major League debut


White Sox right fielder continues to impress in a breakout 2017, and did so again Wednesday night in collecting three hits against the Orioles. It marked the American League-leading 10th time this season Garcia has collected three hits in a game, moving his season batting average to .339 -- second-best in the AL.


The White Sox announced they will option reliever to Triple-A Charlotte following the loss. Minaya worked two innings Wednesday, allowing two runs on four hits. The right-hander posted an 8.10 ERA in seven appearances this season. A corresponding move will be announced Thursday.


Orioles: Right-hander Chris Tillman (1-4, 8.01) will start for Baltimore in the series finale Thursday at Guaranteed Rate Field at 2:10 p.m. ET. Tillman hopes to end a habit of allowing runs in the first inning. He's allowed at least two runs in the first innings of his past seven outings and has a 16.71 ERA in the first frames of his seven starts this season.

White Sox: (1-0, 2.74) takes the bump for the final game of a four-game set Thursday afternoon at 1:10 p.m. CT in what might be his last start before returning to the bullpen with ' return. He's allowed six runs in 12 2/3 innings as a starter this year.

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