CHICAGO -- Tim Anderson became the first shortstop in White Sox history to produce 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases in the same season with his solo blast off Jonathan Lester leading off the third inning of Saturday's 8-3 loss to the Cubs.But the White Sox shortstop was not
CHICAGO -- Tim Anderson became the first shortstop in White Sox history to produce 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases in the same season with his solo blast off Jonathan Lester leading off the third inning of Saturday's 8-3 loss to the Cubs.
But the White Sox shortstop was not around to see the end of the South Siders' first sellout this season, played before a crowd of 39,724. Anderson was ejected by second-base umpire Joe West after an Anthony Rizzo fielder's choice grounder led to an insurance run due to Anderson's throwing error on the back end of the play in the top of the ninth.
Replays show Javier Baez, who had just picked up his 110th RBI with a single to left, moved his right hand out into Anderson's path as he was sliding into second although he didn't appear to make contact. White Sox manager Rick Renteria challenged the outcome, but even after replay confirmed the call of no interference, the disagreement between Anderson and West continued into the Kristopher Bryant at-bat.
Anderson was ejected for the second time this season and third in his career. Renteria also was ejected by West, marking his sixth this season and the 19th of his career.
"I didn't say much, and he threw me out," Anderson said of West. "It's OK. I asked him a question and he kind of got [angry] at me. I asked him if he saw [Baez] reach for my leg in the replay. He asked me if I was going to argue that and I said, 'No, I was just asking a question.' And after that I didn't say anything else. He started barking at me. Kept staring me down. I gave him [the] 'Why you keep looking at me?' Did that twice and threw me out."
The home run by Anderson was his 10th at home this season and tied the game at 2. He has 26 stolen bases, which represents a career high along with the 20 home runs, as does his 63 RBIs. No White Sox player has ever produced a 30-30 season, with Magglio Ordonez's 31 homers and 25 stolen bases in 2001 coming the closest.
That drive marked Anderson's first extra-base hit and first RBI lifetime against the Cubs.
"It means a lot. It's a very special moment for me," said Anderson of 20-20. "I'm just glad my family was here to enjoy it and see it. It's a great accomplishment. I'm honored and blessed to be able to do that.
"I've been able to take my game to another level. I just have to continue to grow and just keep learning and keep working hard."
Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin and Facebook and listen to his podcast.