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Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Rios' record night still talk of clubhouse

By Chuck Pleiness
Special To ESPNChicago.com

Alex Rios
Alex Rios went 6-for-6 with two stolen bases against the Tigers on Tuesday night.
DETROIT -- A day after Alex Rios' record night at the plate, it was still the topic of conversation in the Chicago White Sox's locker room.

Rios collected an American League recorded tying six hits -- five singles and a triple -- in a nine-inning game on Tuesday night in Chicago's 11-4 win over the Detroit Tigers.

"I don't know if I've even seen it," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said prior to Wednesday's game at Comerica Park. "I think every time he kept going up there you're counting it over in your head and trying to figure it out."

Rios, who also drove in two runs and scored once, became just the third player in baseball history to go 6-for-6 with two stolen bases.

"There were a lot of hits last night, but with the way he was going and going it didn't seem like six, it seemed like eight at one point," Ventura said. "It was just a great night and fun to watch."

Four of his six hits came off Tigers ace Justin Verlander, who had never allowed four hits to a batter in a single game.

"I haven't really let it sink in yet, like I said last night, I just thought it was a good night," Rios said Wednesday. "That's the way a still see it.

"I feeling I'm putting better swings on certain pitches," Rios added. "I feel like I'm being a little more aggressive and under control. It is what it is and hopefully I can bring back that consistency I had last year."

Rios' batting average spiked to .281 after the performance.

"I think I've put quality at-bats up to this point, but the results haven't been the greatest results," Rios said. "I've been getting deeper into the count and I really like that. I like hitting deep into the counts, but when things aren't going right the results aren't going to be there. I feel I've been taking quality at-bats, but until recently that I've been swinging a first pitches. I think it's one of those things where you force yourself to do it to see if you can get things going again."

Rios has had at least one hit in eight of his last 10 games.

He's the fifth player in White Sox franchise history to have six hits in a nine-inning game. The last player to reach that milestone was Lance Johnson on Sept. 23, 1995.

As a team, the White Sox pounded out 23 hits, the most since they totaled 24 hits on May 25, 2009 at the Los Angeles Angels.

"There have been nights where guys have hit it good this season and it's been right at somebody," Ventura said. "Last night we saved up a whole month full of whatever we hit kind of found a hole. I think luck was a little bit of hit, but I think you'd rather have that feeling if you put it in play something good is going to happen."

Lineup change: Tyler Flowers will start behind the plate instead of the red hot Josh Phegley.

"You've got the day game tomorrow, so I'd say you're going to split those two games so Tyler's in there tonight and (Phegley) is probably in there tomorrow," Ventura said.

In just four games this season, Phegley has two homers in 15 at bats. Despite a .200 batting average his slugging percentage is at .600.

He did however go 0-for-5 on Tuesday.

"Again, it's not one of those things where he's not playing anymore," Ventura said. "He's still a catcher with us so you have to get him the at bats and keep him going."

Entering play Wednesday, Flowers, who has eight homers in 210 at bats this year, was just 1-for-16 in his last five games.