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Alons-oh! Here's how you cap off a twin bill 

@scottmerkin
May 2, 2019

CHICAGO – At approximately 10:54 p.m. CT Wednesday night, the White Sox completed a come-from-behind, 7-6 victory over the Orioles at Guaranteed Rate Field to earn a split of a series-ending doubleheader. Here’s a look at some of the important numbers from more than seven hours of baseball. 4 The

CHICAGO – At approximately 10:54 p.m. CT Wednesday night, the White Sox completed a come-from-behind, 7-6 victory over the Orioles at Guaranteed Rate Field to earn a split of a series-ending doubleheader.

Here’s a look at some of the important numbers from more than seven hours of baseball.

4

The amount of career walk-off hits for Yonder Alonso.

Alonso faced Miguel Castro with the bases loaded, two outs and the Orioles leading by one run in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 2 after an intentional walk to Jose Abreu. The left-handed hitter went against the shift and lined an 0-1, 98.6-mph sinker to left to score Leury Garcia and Adam Engel.

“My focus is to hit it somewhere where there’s nobody there,” said Alonso, who was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts before the big hit. “It was honestly, it was just a really grinding game, just a grinding day [it] feels like.

“Just find a hole somewhere. Great baserunning today, especially in that situation. Engy had a huge lead and was ready to score.”

6

Jose Abreu’s RBI total for the doubleheader.

Abreu extended his hitting streak to 10 games and is 21-for-44 with six doubles, three home runs and 20 RBIs during that span. His home run in Wednesday’s nightcap marked the 152nd of his career, tying him with Carlos Lee for ninth on the franchise’s all-time list.

So, Alonso was not surprised when they walked him intentionally in the ninth.

“He’s been on fire,” Alonso said. “So, I saw that coming.”

3

The number of runs scored by the White Sox on Abreu’s bases-loaded, fourth-inning single.

Nicky Delmonico, who was on first in this particular situation, came all the way around when second baseman Stevie Wilkerson hesitated at second with a phantom swipe tag on the relay throw.

“That was a great call by [third-base coach] Nicky [Capra],” White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. “What [Capra] was saying on the bench was what made that play easy. He saw the play developing and the throw coming into second base, what made that call easy is that [Delmonico] was hustling all the way around second, coming into third.

“He wasn't pulling up, he was allowing [Capra] to make a determination as to whether to stop him, and [Capra] was able to read the play developing and kept sending him. It was a great send.”

2

The number of Tim Anderson errors in the seventh in Game 2, leading to the Orioles’ go-ahead unearned run.

Anderson missed a chance for a double play with a fielding error off a Dwight Smith Jr. grounder. He then got taken out at second by Smith on a Chris Davis grounder, leading to an errant throw on a potential double-play relay and allowing Rio Ruiz to score.

“Be back tomorrow with the same energy,” Anderson said. “That says a lot about my guys. They got my back. Things happens. Says a lot about the ballclub. We never quit.”

6

Ivan Nova’s home runs allowed in two starts against the Orioles.

In an interesting side note, the veteran right-hander has not allowed a long ball in any of his other four starts. But the Orioles had his number over the last 9 2/3 innings, including five runs in 5 2/3 innings on Wednesday.

Nova termed the start “bad” because of mistakes made on home runs by Wilkerson and Anthony Santander, but took some positives away.

“Compare this one to the one in Detroit and the one against these guys, this is much much better,” Nova said.

343

The amount of pitches thrown by the White Sox on Wednesday.

This total came from nine pitchers in the two games.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin and Facebook and listen to his podcast.