CHICAGO -- The small amount of momentum built up by the White Sox in the fourth inning of a 6-2 loss to the Indians on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field was squelched by a 6-5-3 double play lowlighted by questionable baserunning.Brett Lawrie was on second with one out after
CHICAGO -- The small amount of momentum built up by the White Sox in the fourth inning of a 6-2 loss to the Indians on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field was squelched by a 6-5-3 double play lowlighted by questionable baserunning.
Brett Lawrie was on second with one out after doubling home Jose Abreu, who also had doubled off Josh Tomlin, cutting the lead to four. Avisail Garcia followed with a hard-hit grounder to shortstop Francisco Lindor, a play where Lawrie was caught off of second in no man's land and was eventually tagged out by third baseman Juan Uribe in a rundown.
At that point, the savvy Uribe noticed Garcia strayed too far off first base and fired a strike to Mike Napoli to nail Garcia and end the inning. The White Sox had two baserunners after that play over the last five innings.
"That was probably for me the biggest play of the game," Tomlin said. "They just strung together a run, but then to get that play and stop that inning in its tracks. they were building momentum, and the next thing you know you get a double play to end the inning, and then we're back in the dugout."
"It kind of comes with age," said Lindor of Uribe's heady play. "The guy has been around for a very long time. He knew I guess before I threw the ball. As soon as he tagged him, he loaded up and just let that thing eat. As soon as he threw it, I was like, 'Wow, we got a shot,' and he actually got it."
Garcia explained that when he picked his head up to study the situation, Lawrie was running straight to third and not in a rundown. He saw Uribe had the ball, but it was too late to get back. It was a rare mistake on what has been a good baserunning White Sox team for the most part this season.
"Once he made that move to third, he was caught," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura of Lawrie. "If Avi is going to go, he has to get one more throw out of that rundown.
"You get the two doubles and we hit some balls hard and they played good defense. That's one thing that you can see them do is they were throwing the glove around pretty good."
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