White Sox’ Tim Anderson joins 20-20 club, calls umpire Joe West ‘terrible’
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It was a good-times, bad-times kind of Saturday night for Tim Anderson, who with his home run against Jon Lester in an 8-3 loss to the Cubs became the only White Sox shortstop to hit 20 homers and steal 20 bases in a season.
“It means a lot,’’ Anderson said. “It’s a very special moment for me. I’m just glad my family was here to enjoy it and see it.’’
Anderson, upset that a sliding Javy Baez was not ruled out at second base for reaching toward his leg on a double-play attempt that resulted in a throwing error — the play was unsuccessfully challenged for interference by manager Rick Renteria — also was ejected in the ninth inning by second-base umpire Joe West.
Renteria also was tossed.
“I don’t have much to say about him; everybody knows he’s terrible,’’ said Anderson, who was ejected for the second time this season. “But I didn’t say much, and he threw me out. It’s OK.’’
Anderson was visibly upset, waving his arms after his verbal encounter with West, and had to be pushed away by Renteria.
“I asked [West] a question, and he kind of got [angry] at me,’’ Anderson said. “I asked him if he saw him reach for my leg in the replay. He asked me if I was going to argue that, and I said, ‘No, I was just asking a question.’ And after that, I didn’t say anything else. He started barking at me. Kept staring me down. I gave him, ‘Why do you keep looking at me?’ Did that twice and threw me out.’’
Anderson is four stolen bases shy of joining outfielders Alex Rios in 2010 and Tommie Agee in 1966 as the only Sox to have 20 homers and 30 stolen bases in a season.
The Sox have never had a 30-30 player. Magglio Ordonez with 31 homers and 25 stolen bases in 2001 came the closest.
Giolito goes deep
Right-hander Lucas Giolito was pretty good after allowing a two-run homer to Baez in the first. He finished with five runs allowed in 6‰ innings but deserved better, getting stung by left fielder Ryan LaMarre’s misplay on Daniel Murphy’s liner that was scored a double. It was the key blow in a three-run inning that broke a 2-2 tie.
“It was a misread and a mistake, and I feel terrible,” LaMarre said.
Rodon’s got next
Carlos Rodon (6-6, 3.22 ERA), who would rank third in the American League in opponents’ batting average (.197) and eighth in ERA with the required innings pitched, was eager for his start Sunday as soon as his last one — four earned runs in seven innings against the Indians — ended.
“Two things,’’ Rodon said. “We play the Cubs. And something clicked on those last three changeups I threw to [Jose] Ramirez. I want to build off that.
“I wasn’t happy about that start, but as far as the season goes, coming back from shoulder surgery, I’m happy with the innings I’ve eaten.’’
This and that
Renteria isn’t sure if Jose Abreu, who is being treated for an infection in his right thigh, will play before the season ends next Sunday.
† Outfielder Leury Garcia (strained left hamstring) came off the disabled list.
† Sunday’s series finale will be the last game for broadcaster Ken Harrelson, who is working the entire series.
† The crowd of 39,724 was the first sellout of the season at Guaranteed Rate Field.