Joey Gallo has had quite the first week of his MLB career.
Of course, there was his debut when he went 3-for-4 with a single, double and two-run homer and finished with four RBIs.
He then homered again late in Wednesday's game — his second in as many games. On Thursday, he collected a single, but the biggest moment for Gallo might have been the one when he never had to swing the bat.
Gallo was intentionally walked with a runner on second base in the 10th inning, not out of a fear of a prodigious homer, necessarily, but just of the possibility of him hitting a single and ending the game.
Everyone knows Gallo can hit the ball a long way, that's not news. But three games into his big-league career, the White Sox opted to pitch to a veteran in Robinson Chirinos over a guy known for his propensity for the the strikeout with the winning run in scoring position.
While Gallo is going to have his struggles, as evidenced by his six strikeouts in three games, but he's also going to hurt opponents with regularity, and that was evidenced by that decision from Robin Ventura.