Yost: Gore won't be a pinch-runner for Owings

April 16th, 2019

CHICAGO -- After speedster Terrance Gore helped win Sunday’s game against the Indians with a huge pinch-running stolen base, the Royals faced a similar situation on Monday against the White Sox when Chris Owings led off the ninth with a walk and Kansas City trailing by one run.

But manager Ned Yost chose not to have Gore run for Owings, who is an excellent baserunner, though not in the elite category of Gore.

Yost said he doesn’t envision a scenario this season in which he would pinch-run for Owings, whose 84 percent steal rate is fifth among active players in Major League Baseball. 

“I’m not pinch-running for Owings,” Yost said before Tuesday's game.

Yost said in Spring Training that the players he likely would use Gore for are Alex Gordon, Martin Maldonado, Cam Gallagher, Jorge Soler and Ryan O’Hearn. That list now would include Lucas Duda as well.

Monday’s situation differed from Sunday’s in that White Sox pitcher Alex Colome is quicker to the plate (1.1-1.2 seconds) than Indians left-hander Brad Hand, Yost said.

“Gore isn’t stealing against Colome,” Yost said. “You’re not going to steal against that catcher [Welington Castillo] in that situation, either. You’d be taking a major gamble.”

What also differed from Sunday was that the Royals were on the road down by a run instead of at home in a tie game. 

“I’m not playing for a tie when I don’t have enough pitching [to get through extra innings],” Yost said. “Playing for the tie in that situation is futile.”