CHICAGO -- Juan Pierre broke for second with nobody out in the seventh and the White Sox nursing a one-run lead during Saturday's 2-1 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. And the speedy leadoff man immediately knew he was in trouble.
"I saw that they pitched out, cause I peeked in because there were two strikes on [Alexei] Ramirez," Pierre said. "I was like, 'Oh [no],' because I was only half way when he was getting the ball.
"Then you see where it was and it was one of those ones, I can't even explain it, instincts just take over. You try and do anything you can to maneuver."
What Pierre did was use something akin to a swim move to get around the tag from Starlin Castro, on a throw from Geovany Soto easily beating Pierre to the bag. Pierre raised his left arm on the headfirst slide, avoided the Cubs shortstop's swipe and then grabbed second base for his Major League-leading 25th stolen base.
Two outs later, Paul Konerko's single to right brought home Pierre with what would be the deciding run. In previous career usages of this move, Pierre estimated he's been called out in seven of 10 attempts. But both Pierre and White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen gave credit to second-base umpire Kerwin Danley for staying with the play and making the right call.
"Usually when the throw beats you, you are out," Pierre said. "The umpire was in good position to get the call right."
"That's big for the umpire," Guillen said. "The umpire did a tremendous job to keep his eyes on the tag."