In their 14-inning loss, the White Sox were 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left 13 men on base, including leaving the bases full in the 11th inning after loading them with only one out.One key to improving those numbers for manager Ozzie Guillen is finding someone in the two-spot to move runners into scoring position for the middle of the order.
For much of the season, that man has been shortstop Alexei Ramirez, but recently Guillen has been trying out third baseman Brent Morel for that role.
"I think Ramirez is an RBI guy," Guillen said. "He doesn't really know how to bunt, and it's very tough for him to move the guys over. I need a guy there to handle the bat very well and make things happen. I think [Morel] is swinging the bat pretty well right now and that's why I take a chance with him."
Morel has spent most of his time in the lineup hitting out of the nine-spot, where he had taken 151 of his 178 at-bats entering Saturday's game. On Saturday, Morel went 3-for-4 in the No. 2 spot in the lineup, singling three times before lining out to shortstop Ian Desmond.