Jeff Keppinger hasn't lost his sense of humor despite his struggles during the first 6 1/2 weeks with the Chicago White Sox. "Please don't ask me about the walk," Keppinger smiled after drawing his first walk in 141 plate appearances this season. That walk occurred with the bases loaded and scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning of the Sox's 5-4 comeback win over the Angels. Keppinger is batting only .188, but he also made contributions with his glove, as he made a diving stop at second to prevent the tying run from scoring. But his walk drew the most attention. "Anything I can do to help the team win," Keppinger said. "The walk, it feels good, it came at a big time. I hadn't had one all year, and it was a good time to get one. It put us ahead." After watching reliever Michael Kohn walk two batters in front of him, Keppinger said there was no way he was swinging at a pitch until Kohn threw a strike. "I was probably going to take two strikes, make him get his rhythm back and start pounding the (strike) zone," Keppinger said. Manager Robin Ventura also found some amusement in the timing of Keppinger's first walk of the season. "That's just one of those where I don't know if you are necessarily rooting for that,'' Ventura said. "It was good to get at the right time for us. Everybody battled." Ventura had mixed emotions about three miscues that nearly cost the Sox - Alejandro De Aza's base running mistake that cost the Sox a run in the fourth, left fielder Dayan Viciedo's crooked route that resulted in a two-run double by Howie Kendrick in the sixth, and Alex Rios not running to first on a wild pitch on a strike three call in which Rios thought he checked his swing.
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Chicago Tribune | May 17