Marlins steal upsets White Sox

Updated: May 24, 2010, 12:54 AM ET
ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Several members of the Chicago White Sox were upset with the Florida Marlins for stealing a base with a 7-0 lead in the fourth inning of the Marlins' 13-0 victory on Sunday.

Plate umpire Adrian Johnson issued warnings to both teams after A.J. Pierzynski was hit in the right forearm by Marlins reliever Dan Meyer in the seventh. In the fifth inning, White Sox reliever Randy Williams hit Brett Carroll with a pitch after Carroll stole second with a 7-0 lead.

White Sox starter Freddy Garcia, who was already out of the game when Carroll stole second, was not happy with the steal.

"It's 7-0, it's not a good thing to steal a base," Garcia said. "That's no respect for the other team. Whatever happens happens, but it's not showing respect. It's 7-0 when you steal second and third. I think it's bad baseball."

Florida's Gaby Sanchez also stole third base in that inning two outs later, infuriating White Sox including manager Ozzie Guillen, who was asked if he took exception to the Marlins' thefts.

"Of course I do," Guillen said. "I don't know what happened there, but this is baseball. You have to respect [the other team]. I was up eight [runs] a couple of days ago. That's the way we learn to play the game. We had to do something about it, and we did. We had to tell the guys not to play like that."

Florida manager Fredi Gonzalez said Carroll was running on his own.

"He missed a sign. We had nothing going on there as far as signs go," he said.

White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko was asked about his interpretation of stealing a base with a 7-0 lead in the fourth inning.

"I don't know," Konerko told ESPNChicago.com. "Everybody has a different opinion. We were still holding the guy on base. Usually unless you have a double-digit lead you [can] steal a base. [Carroll] was afraid not to go because he thought he missed a steal sign. That's what he told me. But as far as the unwritten rule, if you ask five different guys you are going to get five different answers."

ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine contributed to this report. Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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