Karkovice Slam Ties Team Mark

Posted: May 01, 1995

After tying Robin Ventura's team record for career grand slams, Ron Karkovice smiled when his teammate threatened him if he keeps it up.

"I may have to sabotage him for the rest of his career," Ventura joked after yesterday's 17-11 victory over host Boston, aided by Karkovice's fifth career slam in the eighth inning.

But when Ventura was reminded that the grand slam may have saved him from being the goat of the day, he had a little change of heart. "That's why I'm really glad he did it."

Glad because Chicago has committed 19 errors in its first five games - and Ventura has six of them. He botched another one yesterday when he overthrew first base on Jose Canseco's seventh-inning groundball, allowing Boston two unearned runs to close the gap to 13-8. Despite six errors yesterday, the White Sox earned their first win of the season.

Karkovice's home run in the eighth made it 17-8. The White Sox allowed three more unearned runs in the eighth and ninth.

"When I hit it, it didn't seem like it was going to (affect the outcome)," Karkovice said. "Now, it seems like we needed it."

Karkovice joined Ventura and Harold Baines (now with Baltimore) as the only White Sox players in the team's 95-year history to hit five career grand slams.

Ventura made only 14 errors in all of 1993 as he won his third consecutive Gold Glove at third base. The sudden slew of miscues has him frustrated.

"It's just disgusting is what it is," Ventura said. "It's just nice that we won. Makes it a little easier, I guess."

Mike Devereaux had a two-run shot as he and Tim Raines each had three of Chicago's 17 hits. Canseco and Mo Vaughn each hit their first home runs in a 14-hit Boston attack.

Boston had won its first three by a combined 27-4 but had only one homer - by No. 9 hitter Lee Tinsley. The White Sox lost their first four games and were outscored, 39-11. They have already given up 15 unearned runs.

White Sox starter James Baldwin, making his major league debut, and Boston starter Frank Rodriguez, making his first career start, each struggled.

Baldwin, 23, gave up four runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings, and ex-Phil Jose DeLeon (1-0) wound up with the win. Rodriguez (0-1), 22, forced into the rotation because of injuries to Roger Clemens and Tim VanEgmond, fell apart in the fourth inning when Chicago sent 11 batters to the plate.

In other news:


Texas Rangers first baseman Will Clark is expected to miss at least the next couple of games with a small fracture in his left elbow, but the team is not sure if he will have to go on the disabled list. Clark was injured when he ran hard into a railing while chasing a foul ball in the ninth inning of Friday's 6-5 home win against Cleveland. The elbow became swollen, and a magnetic resonance imaging test yesterday revealed a small fracture and severe bruising.

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