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Saturday, September 10, 2011
Alex Rios finally provides the big hit

By Sahadev Sharma

Alex Rios, who has struggled all season, finally came up with a big hit for the White Sox. Rios delivered a game-winning grand slam in the bottom of the 10th to give the Sox a 7-3 victory over the Indians on Saturday.

However, the previous four times in the game that the White Sox left the bases loaded still had manager Ozzie Guillen a little perturbed.

Alex Rios
Alex Rios is greeted at home plate by his Sox teammates after hitting a grand slam in the 10th inning on Saturday.
“I’m glad we win,” Guillen said. “In the meanwhile… it was tough when you (see) that over and over and over. You are asking, ‘What’s going on?’ and ‘What happened? What are we thinking?’ But thank god we win. And you are missing a very interesting Sunday paper tomorrow if we lose this game. Sorry guys. You just got to say Sox win today.”

It’s quite unlikely the White Sox’s walk-off victory will be grabbing many headlines, as they remain 9 games out of first place. But that didn’t stop Rios from beaming with delight, as he finally turned the boos he’s been hearing into cheers.

“Sometimes you get in stretches where it’s hard to score runs,” Rios said. “We had one of those games tonight, but we came through. We pitched very well and the whole team did a pretty good job.”

The White Sox stranded 15 men and went 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position on the afternoon. But Rios’ claim that it was ‘one of those games’ hardly tells the whole story. The Sox have struggled all season to come up with the clutch hit, batting .246 (10th in the AL) with runners in scoring position.

“To be honest with you, that was the White Sox season right there,” Guillen said. “The only thing we did good was we win. That was a big win because I think after you play that many innings and have how many opportunities, and you don’t take advantage of that, I was sitting here and it would have been pretty ugly.”

Unfortunately for those who sit on the edge of their seats waiting for Guillen to blow his top, the White Sox came away with the victory on Saturday.