Nate Jones inherited a situation Wednesday about as tough as any jam he was in during his rookie season in 2012. And although Jones allowed one of Jose Quintana's baserunners to score from third, he prevented the tying run from scoring in the sixth inning, enabling the White Sox to hold on for a 3-2 victory over the Indians that snapped a four-game losing streak. Preventing inherited runners from scoring is one of Jones' primary missions this season. Despite posting a 2.39 ERA in 65 games last year, he allowed 24 of 54 inherited runners (44.4 percent) to score. "It was a goal right away that (pitching coach Don Cooper) and I talked about at the end of the season last year and at the beginning of spring training," said Jones, who has allowed only one of seven inherited runners to score this season. "We made sure we attacked guys right away and kept the ball down and tried to get a ground ball." Jones was summoned with runners at first and third and no outs in the sixth with the Sox leading 3-1. After allowing a sacrifice fly to Mark Reynolds and allowing Jason Kipnis to steal two bases, Jones struck out Nick Swisher and induced Ryan Raburn to fly to center.
Sox reliever Jones taking aim at stranding more runners
Chicago Tribune | Apr 25