CHICAGO – Just sweat and rosin. That is Hector Santiago’s story, and he’s sticking to it.
Santiago became the first player to be ejected as part of Major League Baseball’s new foreign substance protocols when he was thrown out of the Seattle Mariners’ 3-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.
Taylor Trammell homered twice for Seattle in the resumption of Saturday’s suspended game. The White Sox rebounded in the scheduled series finale, winning 7-5 behind Zack Collins’ four RBIs.
Santiago was checked by the umpires as he exited in the fifth inning of the first game. His glove was confiscated, and it was later announced that Santiago had been ejected.
“He was ejected for when his glove was inspected, for having a foreign substance that was sticky on the inside palm of his glove,” crew chief umpire Tom Hallion told a pool reporter.
Santiago, a 33-year-old left-hander who began his career with the White Sox, said what the umpires found was a combination of rosin and sweat. He had used rosin to stop the sweat from dripping on both his arms on a humid day in Chicago.
“I think once they take it back and check, it’s just sweat and rosin,” Santiago said. “They’re going to inspect it and all this science stuff and it’s going to be sweat and rosin.”
Major league umpires last week started regular checks of all pitchers for sticky substances used to get a better grip on the balls, but can also increase the spin of the balls and make hitting them more difficult.
Santiago could be suspended for 10 games, but there is an appeals process.
“This is part of it, this is what we have to do, this is part of the game, we’re going to get caught if we’re going to use any substances,” Santiago said. “My mindset was just use rosin and attack the zone, that’s what I’m trying to do. I know that I didn’t use anything today.”
Paul Sewald (5-2) got one out for the win, and Kendall Graveman worked the ninth for his seventh save.
The teams played 2 1/2 innings Saturday before the game was postponed because of rain.
The AL Central-leading White Sox salvaged the series finale behind Collins and Yermín Mercedes, who had two hits and three RBIs. Collins’ three-run double in the fourth made it 7-1.
“I’m just feeling more comfortable up there,” Collins said. “Every at-bat is starting to feel like a normal at-bat, nothing crazy like there’s 35,000 people in the stands, I better get a hit type of thing. You feel that for the first year. Now I feel comfortable and I’m swinging well.”
Aaron Bummer (1-4) pitched an inning for the win. Liam Hendriks entered after Mitch Haniger’s three-run homer in the seventh and got two outs for his 20th save.
“Our hearts are good, we’re tough enough, it’s just we got to keep improving, getting better and better,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said.
Robert Dugger (0-2) got the loss, allowing two earned runs in 2 2/3 innings.
Trammell connected for his seventh homer in the fifth inning of the suspended game, and Ty France went deep against Dallas Keuchel in the sixth. Leury García hit an RBI single in the fifth for Chicago, and Yasmani Grandal added a tying sacrifice fly in the sixth.
The Mariners went ahead to stay when Trammell hit a towering drive into the right-field bleachers with two out in the ninth against Hendriks (3-2).
“Unbelievable game,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “Taylor was locked in. That’s one of the best closers in the game.”
The White Sox lost AL MVP José Abreu when he was hit on his left knee by a pitch in the sixth. The team announced the first baseman had a bruised left knee and X-rays were negative. La Russa said the team will know more in the next 24 hours.
“You definitely never want to see that happen, especially to pretty much the backbone of the team,” Keuchel said. “We’re all hoping it’s nothing major but we’re already hampered as it is. We’re all hoping for the best for Jose.”
Seattle placed left-hander Marco Gonzales on the paternity list and recalled right-hander Yohan Ramirez from Triple-A Tacoma.
White Sox: RHP Michael Kopech (strained left hamstring) will throw a simulated game on Monday, and La Russa said the team will decide whether he is ready or needs a rehab stint with Triple-A Charlotte.
Mariners: Following an off day, RHP Chris Flexen (6-3, 3.87 ERA) starts Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series against Toronto in Buffalo, New York. LHP Robbie Ray (5-3, 3.35 ERA) gets the ball for the Blue Jays.
White Sox: RHP Lucas Giolito (5-5, 3.80 ERA) starts Monday in the opener of a four-game set against Minnesota. RHP Kenta Maeda (3-2, 4.85 ERA) takes the mound for the Twins.
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