White Sox second baseman leads prolific offense to support Sale
By Andrew Erickson
SEATTLE -- Carlos Sanchez was intent on giving the White Sox something extra Friday night, notching a career-high four RBIs in an 11-4 win over the Mariners.
With two outs in the fourth inning, he gave his electric starting pitcher, Chris Sale, some extra insurance, doubling past right fielder Nelson Cruz. He even tried to take an extra base in the process, but was nailed at third after a strong throw from Robinson Cano. Still, Sanchez added two more runs against Hernandez to give Chicago an early 4-0 lead.
"It was an excellent night for us [hitting with two outs]," Sanchez said through interpreter and White Sox Spanish-language broadcaster Billy Russo. "We tried to produce with two outs and sometimes that's good for you because it gives you the confidence. With two outs, people think that the inning is over, but we tried to fight. That was what we did tonight."
When the Mariners fought back, bringing the game to within a run on a Mark Trumbo three-run homer in the seventh, Sanchez and the White Sox delivered again, tallying four runs in the eighth to blow the game wide open once more.
Sanchez drew a bases-loaded walk from Seattle relief pitcher Rob Rasmussen to score Melky Cabrera in the eighth and make it 5-3, and the rest of the offense followed, waiting patiently against wild pitching and needing just three hits to bat around in the inning.
The 23-year-old second baseman was at it again an inning later, doubling to left to balloon Chicago's lead to 9-3. Tyler Flowers followed with a two-RBI single to give the White Sox another three runs with two outs.
"I mean to respond like that was great. I thought that once they got it close, and that was a big home run by Trumbo, to come right back and answer was great," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura. "Sanchez had another big one in there to push it ahead and the two-out ones are always big. Any time you get a two-out RBI is a big one and we got a couple of them."
Sanchez extended his hitting streak to four games with the 2-for-4, four-RBI effort, but he said part of his adjustment to the Major Leagues has been learning how to contribute even after tough performances.
On Friday, he stayed patient and used the entire field to make himself the key contributor in one of Chicago's most prolific offensive performances of the season.
"It's all about confidence. If you work hard every day, you can see the results sooner or later," Sanchez said. "My goal every day is it doesn't matter if I go 0-for-4 because the next day I know I can do something good not just for me but for the team."
Andrew Erickson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.