CHICAGO -- Adam Engel experienced the many highs and the potential lows of Major League Baseball during the White Sox doubleheader split with the Tigers on Saturday at Guaranteed Rate Field.Engel was called up from Triple-A Charlotte on Saturday morning to take the roster spot of Tyler Saladino, who was
CHICAGO -- Adam Engel experienced the many highs and the potential lows of Major League Baseball during the White Sox doubleheader split with the Tigers on Saturday at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Engel was called up from Triple-A Charlotte on Saturday morning to take the roster spot of Tyler Saladino, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list with back spasms. He scored the first run of his career as a pinch-runner in a 3-0 Game 1 victory for the White Sox, then delivered his first career hit with a single in the eighth inning of a 4-3 Game 2 loss.
But with the tying run on third and two outs in the ninth, Engel swung through a Justin Wilson fastball for the game's final out. It concluded a whirlwind sort of day, make that two days, for both teams with 25 hours combined spent at the ballpark.
This prolonged homestand opener comes after the White Sox finished up a 10-day, three-city road trip.
"It's good to be home. I know the guys are definitely happy about that," said White Sox starting pitcher Derek Holland, who suffered the loss in Game 2 despite striking out eight and allowing one run over six innings. "This was a tough one today.
"We had two back-to-back games, and long games. They played hard. That's what it's all about. Those guys were battling out there."
With all due respect to Saturday's on-field action, the biggest White Sox moment of the day came before the first pitch when Luis Robert was introduced as the newest member of the organization. The 19-year-old Cuban outfielder and No. 1 international free agent received a $26 million signing bonus and spent the day mingling with some of his future teammates, not to mention throwing out a ceremonial first pitch and signing autographs.
White Sox pitchers struck out 29 over 18 innings, including eight combined from relievers Anthony Swarzak, Tommy Kahnle and Player Page for David Robertson to close out Game 1. They also walked 15, but in a strange twist, not one of those 15 walks scored for the Tigers.
Tyler Danish picked up career victory No. 1 in the opener and then was returned to Charlotte after the split. Approximately seven hours after Danish's first pitch, the White Sox put together a three-run ninth inning rally and had a chance to win or tie Game 2 in the ninth.
It ended on the last swing by Engel, completing an overall exciting day for the 25-year-old Cincinnati native.
"I left like 14 tickets for family and friends," said Engel, whose first-hit baseball originally was thrown in the stands but then retrieved by the White Sox. "It was cool to play in front of them, and hear them shout from the stands. They picked the quiet times and made sure I could hear them. It was a pretty cool day."
Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.