Vizquel no flop as dive saves day for Sox

July, 24, 2011
7/24/11
4:18
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com
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CLEVELAND -- Omar Vizquel isn’t playing as much as he did last season and he definitely isn’t hitting the cover off the ball, but that doesn’t mean he can’t make a difference.

Playing at second base in place of Gordon Beckham, the 44-year-old Vizquel waited until the last play of the game to make a huge impact.

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Jason Miller/Getty ImagesOmar Vizquel continues to help the White Sox with his defense.
With a shaky Sergio Santos clinging to a two-run lead as a runner stood on second base, the Indians’ Lonnie Chisenhall ripped a two-out grounder toward right field. Vizquel darted to his left, made a diving stop on the ball, reeled it in and threw to first base to end the game.

“I was glad I was able to get those couple of pitches and Omar making that great play,” Santos said.

With Dayan Viciedo looming at Triple-A Charlotte, one suggestion for getting him on the roster is to release Vizquel. Manager Ozzie Guillen wouldn't do that.

“If we have Vizquel for 300 or 400 at-bats, that’s not the team we were looking for,” Guillen said. “He did a good job (last year), but that was not the plan. Right now, he’s in the right spot, helping us at different positions.”

It wasn’t the only contribution Vizquel, who received a huge ovation from Indians fans when he came to the plate, made on Sunday. He also singled and scored a run in the Sox victory. It was career hit No. 2,833. He needs six more to tie Charlie Gehringer for 45th all-time.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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