Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
When the Atlanta Braves defeated the Chicago White Sox on Friday, it looked as if Sox outfielder Alex Rios would be a loser this week.
With runners on first and third with one out in the fifth inning, Rios tapped a small chopper toward short and did not break out of the box right away.
Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons bobbled the ball, and a hustling Rios might have been able to beat the relay throw to first. Nevertheless, Rios did not hustle, which resulted in an inning-ending double play. Two innings later, manager Robin Ventura pulled his outfielder for a lack of hustle, and the Sox went on to lose to the Braves 6-4.
However, Rios redeemed himself on Saturday. Inserted back into the lineup, the right fielder went 3-for-5 with a grand slam and five RBI on the afternoon as the Sox defeated the Braves 10-6. Rios, who is a likely trade candidate, became a winner this week with his resurgent effort a day after his lackluster play got him yanked from the game.