Saturday, July 9, 2011
Ozzie declines to bunt, Sox win anyway
By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- For anybody who thought Ozzie Guillen appeared to be flying by the seat of his pants in the ninth inning Saturday, the White Sox manager explained the method to his madness.
With the game tied, A.J. Pierzynski led off the top of the ninth inning with a double to right-center field. Gordon Beckham was up next, but instead of being asked to bunt Pierzynski to third to get the winning run a fly ball away, Beckham swung away.
Beckham eventually flied out to shallow left field, not deep enough for Pierzynski to advance.
"When you saw the at-bat before, he hit a line drive to right field," Guillen said about Beckham. "I had two lefties coming up [behind Beckham]. I think the best shot I have, at least he can move the guy over, that’s why I let him swing. That's the biggest reason, I think he was swinging the bat good. And I think this kid's got the ability to hit to right field, to the right side of the field anytime he wants."
Mark Teahen and Juan Pierre were lined up behind Beckham with Twins left-hander Jose Mijares on the mound. As it turned out, Teahen flied out to center field and Pierre walked before Mijares was replaced by right-hander Alex Burnett.
Alexei Ramirez delivered his game-winning single with two outs off Burnett as the White Sox won 4-3 to snap their nine-game losing streak against the Twins.