Postponement, doubleheader a problem for Sox

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Postponement, doubleheader a problem for Sox

Friday, Aug. 20, 2010Updated 11:38 PM

By Brett Ballantini
CSNChicago.com

KANSAS CITY -- Back on May 26, in a game against the Cleveland Indians, umpire Joe West cost Chicago White Sox starter Mark Buehrle some innings and both Buehrle and manager Ozzie Guillen some cash when he ejected both after they protested Wests balk calls.

On Friday, he may have taken an even bigger toll on the team, choosing to start a game that was destined to be flooded out, thus preventing Chicagos starter from throwing more than seven pitches in the contest.

The storms that hit Kansas City caused power outages outside of Kauffman Stadium and also blew out the JumboTron screen inside the park.

Weather has cheated everyone before, Jackson said after facing just two Royals before the game was called, at 8:49 p.m. Unless you really just started playing baseball, Im sure youve been cheated by the weather.

As for whether Wests misjudgment of the weather angered him, Jackson demurred.

Thats Wests decision -- theres no reason to get mad over something you cant control, he said. Not to make a decision on if we start a game or not, thats his decision. Thats his call -- ask him how he feels about it.

Guillen had no comment about the postponement, literally left speechless by the circumstances. Meanwhile, the White Sox are now forced to scramble through a series theyd hope would play out a little easier than their last sets against the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins.

Freddy Garcia will start Game 1 of a doubleheader that will begin at 6:10 p.m. Saturday. The starter for Game 2, estimated to start at approximately 9:30 p.m. (a half-hour after the conclusion of Game 1), has not been announced by the White Sox.

Royals starter Sean OSullivan set down all three White Sox to begin the game. As rain started falling and quickly came faster, Jackson walked Royals leadoff man Gregor Blanco and was facing Jason Kendall when the game was delayed.

Kansas City officials could have chosen to play a daynight doubleheader on Saturday, providing Game 1 started before 12:10 p.m. and Game 2 began after 6:05, due to FOXs national broadcasting blackout on Saturday afternoons. Its a fair speculation that continuing bad weather into early Saturday ruled out a split doubleheader.

Now the White Sox are faced with chasing their weakest starter of late (Garcia) with an X-factor (a minor-league callup, or a patchwork effort starting with long reliever Tony Pena) on what shapes up to be a lost day of pitching for Chicago. Consider that the White Sox will be facing K.C. ace Zack Greinke on a Sunday afternoon turnaround game (1:10 p.m.), and the Royals could well steamroll a Sox club eager to build on the momentum of Thursdays 11-0 drubbing of the Twins.

Meanwhile Jackson, who was 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA in his first three starts with the White Sox, gets robbed of a start at a time when the club desperately needs him.

A week and a half between starts? Pretty much thats what it is, Jackson said. No need to get mad, theres nothing you can do about it. You just have to take it as is, I guess. You can get mad all you want, but its not going to change the fact that all you can do is get ready for the next start.

Brett Ballantini is CSNChicago.coms White Sox Insider. Follow him @CSNChi_Beatnik on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Sox information.

White Sox Top Prospects: Zack Burdi thriving in minors

White Sox Top Prospects: Zack Burdi thriving in minors

Zack Burdi hasn't been in the White Sox organization for long, but he's certainly showing why the club drafted him with the 26th pick in this year's draft.

The 21-year-old pitcher is thriving in the minors with a little over two months in to his professional career. Burdi worked his way through four affiliates and is currently in Triple-A Charlotte.

In 22 games and 31.1 innings pitched over four levels, Burdi has a 2.90 ERA with 46 strikeouts and 13 walks. In addition, the Illinois native hasn't allowed a run in the last 18.1 innings pitched with Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte.

"One of the things we want Zack to work on is his consistency with his delivery out of the stretch," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said on Thursday. "The only problem is he’s not allowing any baserunners on, so he’s not really having a lot of opportunity to work on that. We are going to tell him to put more guys on.

"But no, in all seriousness a lot has already been thrown at this kid and he’s responded essentially to every outing, with the exception of the first one at Birmingham was rough. It’s been a lot about the consistency of his delivery and fastball command and fairly simplistic stuff that he’s taken to very quickly and he’s got a world of ability."

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Burdi was rated as the No. 21 best prospect in Baseball America's top 500 prospects prior to the draft.

Before joining the White Sox in June, Burdi finished off his collegiate career at Louisville. He was named to the All-ACC First Team, USA Baseball Collegiate National Team and Third Team Louisville Slugger All-America.

White Sox trade catcher Dioner Navarro to Blue Jays

White Sox trade catcher Dioner Navarro to Blue Jays

The White Sox made room for the return of veteran catcher Alex Avila by trading Dioner Navarro to the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night.

The club activated Avila off the 15-day disabled list and acquired left-handed minor league pitcher Colton Turner in exchange for Navarro, who spent the previous two seasons with the Blue Jays. Turner, who has a combined 1.33 ERA in 44 minor league games this season, has been assigned to Double-A Birmingham.

Navarro hit .210/.267/.339 with six home runs and 32 RBIs in 298 plate appearances this season.

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Avila, who has been on the disabled list since July 5 with a strained hamstring, went 7-for-11 with a home run and two walks on his assignment. He caught 12 innings during his rehab, including seven on Thursday.

“I’m ready to go,” Avila said.

The team has been happy with how rookie catcher Omar Narvaez has performed since he joined the club in July when Avila went on the DL. Narvaez has an .831 OPS in 43 plate appearances this season.

“I know Omar, with him being here and doing what he’s doing, you want him to get a little more of the shot of being able to play,” Ventura said. “I think he’s worked his way into that.”

Todd Frazier's late single lifts White Sox over Mariners

Todd Frazier's late single lifts White Sox over Mariners

The White Sox offense showed a bunch of late life on Thursday night.

Todd Frazier had two hits with runners in scoring position, including the game-winner, as the White Sox topped the Seattle Mariners 7-6 at U.S. Cellular Field. Frazier’s one-out single in the ninth inning off Nick Vincent scored Adam Eaton as the White Sox won for the fourth time in five games. Frazier’s game-winning hit was his first since June 2015 and the fifth of his career. It and a game-tying, two-out, two-run single in the seventh helped Frazier shake off a game in which he struck out three times in his first three at-bats.

“You learn something,” Frazier said. “You take the last at-bat and throw it away and just keep on going. Unfortunately, it took me three times to do that. To come up clutch today felt pretty good.”

Frazier leads the club in home runs and RBIs.

Similar to his teammates, however, Frazier has lefty plenty of chances for more damage on the table. He entered Thursday hitting .159 with runners in scoring position for a team that ranks 18th with runners in scoring position (.255).

While Frazier struck out with runners on the corners in the first inning, he succeeded in his next two tries. He picked up Jose Abreu in the seventh after the slugger struck out against Steve Cishek. Frazier sat on a slider and ripped a 2-0 pitch into left field to drive in Eaton and Tim Anderson, whose one-out RBI double made it a 6-4 game.

Then in the ninth, Frazier came through again. Eaton’s bloop single to center got things going before Anderson bunted him over. Vincent walked Abreu to get to Frazier, who singled to left again.

Frazier was previously 17-for-17 with five doubles, four homers and 42 RBIs with runners in scoring position.

“These are the best ones,” manager Robin Ventura said. “You can't rely just on the homer. There's more to his game than that. You have to be able to knock in runs when you're not hitting them over the fence. He can use the other side of the field. I think he can level it out somewhat and get some hits. Just put it in play more because you don't know know what's going to happen.”

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David Robertson found that out in the top of the ninth inning when his outing was delayed for several minutes by a trio of fans who ran onto the field. Robertson worked around the delay and a one-out walk to keep the score tied at 6.

Down 2-0, the White Sox scored three times in the first inning to briefly take the lead.

Abreu and Avisail Garcia both singled in runs and Dioner Navarro had a bases-loaded sacrifice fly.

White Sox starter Anthony Ranaudo pitched well after a slow start and then ran into bad luck in the sixth inning. What looked to be a surefire double play ball kicked off Ranaudo’s glove and combined with an Anderson throwing error led to a three-run inning that put Seattle ahead 6-3.

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Ranaudo allowed six earned runs in 5.1 innings.

The White Sox were 6-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

“That’s just part of it,” Robertson said. “I guess that happens some times.

“Everybody played hard. They didn’t give up at all tonight. We pitched well enough to win and had timely hitting. A few things went our way, a couple errors that really ended up giving us a few runs. A few things went our way and it was great to pick up a win.”