Every weekday throughout the offseason, CSN White Sox Talk will pass along three completely trivial (but hopefully interesting) tidbits from White Sox history. Most of these notes come from Baseball-Reference's Play Index, which dates back to 1919. Today, we look at birthday home runs.
4: The most batters a White Sox pitcher has ever hit in an appearance. It's happened three times, all of which (thankfully) were by starting pitchers. If you're thinking Jose Contreras is one of the three, you're wrong. The list goes: El Duque (2005), James Baldwin (2000) and Tommy John (1968).
Sergio Santos: The last White Sox reliever to hit two batters while throwing less than one inning in an appearance. Only eight Sox relievers have ever recorded fewer than three outs and hit multiple batters, with Santos joining a not-so-great club that includes Ryan Bukvich (2007), Damaso Marte (2005) and Keith Foulke (1998).
More on Marte: His two-HBP performance in 2005 was the only time in White Sox history that a reliever has faced two batters and hit both of them. Plenty of relievers have faced and hit a single batter, but only Marte -- who beaned Matt Stairs and Aaron Guiel of the Kansas City Royals on Sept. 7, 2005 -- has ever done that. And, for added effect, Marte's beanballs came in the ninth inning of a 1-0 game.