The Chicago White Sox trailed by a run within the seventh inning Thursday within the sequence finale in opposition to the Royals in Kansas Metropolis, Mo.
Seby Zavala was on second base with one out, and the highest of the lineup was developing.
Luis Robert hit a grounder to second. After a few steps out of the field, Robert picked up his pace when Michael Massey didn’t subject the ball cleanly. Massey recovered and his throw to first simply beat Robert.
As an alternative of presumably having runners on the corners, the Sox settled for Zavala on third and two outs. They didn’t rating within the inning in an eventual 5-3 loss.
When a workforce is combating for runs just like the Sox have been, moments like that one have a tendency to face out. The looks of going all out whereas operating to first has been a workforce concern at instances all through the season. Supervisor Tony La Russa addressed the subject Friday earlier than the sequence opener in opposition to the Detroit Tigers at Assured Price Area.
“I assumed final 12 months we weren’t superb,” La Russa stated Friday when requested if he was happy with the workforce’s total hustle. “This 12 months, we went via this (interval) once we had at the least 4 guys with leg accidents that had been ok to play — if we didn’t push it.
“I do know hastily it will get magnified (Thursday) when Robert (was thrown out at first base). I additionally see Robert ready the place he’s caring for his legs. That was a routine ball and it seems to be dangerous, seems to be actually dangerous, however you see him on the bases, when he’s bought an opportunity, it’s laborious to say he’s not hustling. I watch him within the outfield operating balls down. I don’t suppose we’re good, however I feel we’re doing properly sufficient.”
One other instance got here within the ninth. With the Sox trailing by two, José Abreu tried to test his swing, however upon enchantment it was dominated he didn’t maintain up. The ball popped out of catcher MJ Melendez’s glove and rolled to the grass simply past the plate. Abreu made his method to the dugout as a substitute of forcing a throw to first.
“I’m able to struggle anyone who says he’s not giving 100%,” La Russa stated of Abreu. “The ball’s there. But when the ball will get dropped, yeah, you’re alleged to make them make a throw.”
La Russa stated there will probably be a dialog if hustling turns into a difficulty.
“I simply alert individuals,” he stated. “ ‘Hey!’ Yell at ‘em. ‘Let’s get down there. You’ve bought to get to the bottom.’ The normal manner is you get away of the field, in case you see the man’s bought the ball in his glove, then you definitely break it right down to a 3rd. Since you don’t need to dash to the tip. In a protracted season, in case you’re taking part in on daily basis? You’re saving steps.
“Robert did it the alternative manner (Thursday). It deserves to be talked about, he did it. However in case you take his physique of labor, that’s not how he performs. And he was one of many guys that in that interval was warned, ‘You’ve bought to play underneath management.’ There’s nonetheless instances he’s not getting the inexperienced gentle.”
Andrew Vaughn and Eloy Jiménez are among the many different gamers the Sox proceed to watch to maintain their legs recent.
“We’re nonetheless being very cautious with Vaughn as a result of he’s taking part in outfield,” La Russa stated. “And he runs a lot of the balls out, however he’s being informed, ‘In the event you really feel a day the place you’re tight, watch out.’ Identical factor with Eloy. Simply bought to watch out.”
La Russa famous the comeback try Thursday as an indication of the workforce’s effort.
“We’ve performed this quite a lot of instances the place we’re making outs early and hastily now we have a late rally, like (Thursday),” he stated. “First and second, no person out, we bought zero. Bases loaded, no person out, we bought zero. (Yasmani Grandal) hits a two-run homer (to chop the deficit to 2 within the eighth), and we had been rallying there, we had an opportunity. And Robert involves bat because the go-ahead run (later in that inning).
“How’d that occur in the event that they’re lazy and not likely into it? I’ve realized, more often than not, no matter you suppose, you begin to clarify it. ‘Hey, he’s making excuses.’ But when push involves shove, I’ll level out stuff like that. That was an actual tough loss, that was an aggravating loss. It was straightforward, after they bought these runs (to take a 4-0 lead after seven), to say, ‘Hey, let’s end it off and catch a aircraft.’ They didn’t do it. And we’ve performed that rather a lot this 12 months.”