Nate Jones begins fifth MLB season
After completing a nearly perfect spring training activity (9 games, 8.2 innings pitched, 29 batters faced, 0 runs, 2 hits, 1 walk, 13 strikeouts), Pendleton County’s hometown Major League Baseball star, Nathan Andrew “Nate” Jones, began his fifth season as a relief pitcher with the Chicago White Sox on Monday, April 4, 2016. Below are brief details of his in-game activities for the week ending April 10, 2016.
Monday, April 4, at Oakland Athletics: Jones made his 2016 Major League debut in the bottom of the 8th inning with a runner on second base, one out, Sox leading 4-3. First batter (Danny Vetencia) flied out to the right fielder. Second batter (Khris Davis) struck out swinging to end the inning. Sox do not score in the top of the 9th inning and Jones is replaced by another relief pitcher to begin the bottom of the inning. Sox go on to win the game 4-3 with Jones recording a hold (a hold is recorded when a pitcher enters the game with his team winning and departs the game with his team winning). Game statistics: 0.2 innings pitched, 2 batters faced, 0 hits, 0 runs, 1 strike out, 8 pitches (5 strikes), 1 hold.