- The White Sox are becoming the butt of jokes after an unfortunate series of events
- With a 1-2 count on Trea Turner, the team intentionally walked him only to surrender a HR to the next batter
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Tough scene for the White Sox.
In a matchup against the Dodgers on Thursday afternoon, the team brought a 4-0 lead into the fifth inning of action. That advantage would soon disappear after a wild and questionable series of events.
Los Angeles scored six runs in the top of the fifth frame to take a 6-4 lead. Chicago chipped away in the bottom of the inning with a solo home run by Jake Burger.
With the game still in reach, manager Tony La Russa made the most head scratching decision of the contest.
With Trea Turner at the plate for the Dodgers, White Sox pitcher Bennett Sousa worked his way into a 1-2 count. Despite being up in the count, La Russa called for the team to intentionally walk Turner in order to get to Max Muncy, who had already doubled home two runs earlier in the game.
Again, the count was 1-2. There were two outs.
"When was the last time you saw somebody intentionally walked on 1-2?"
"Doesn't happen often."
— White Sox Talk (@NBCSWhiteSox) June 9, 2022
And wouldn’t you know it, Muncy swiftly dropped a three-run bomb in the next at-bat.
He was PUMPED UP after rounding the bases, yelling, “You f-n walk him with two strikes. F you, bitch!”
Max Muncy after hitting a 3-run HR immediately after Tony La Russa intentionally walked Trea Turner with two strikes:
"You fucking walk him with two strikes. Fuck you, bitch!" pic.twitter.com/ReGXadtZdu
— Blake Harris (@BlakeHarrisTBLA) June 9, 2022
The White Sox are rightfully getting roasted for the stupid decision.
White Sox crushed for issuing intentional walk a player with 2 strikes
MLB fans are letting the White Sox have it on social media. Even the announcers were confused by the decision.
“When was the last time you saw someone intentionally walked on 1-2?”
Tony has been questioned by BOTH teams’ broadcasts in less than 24 hours…what are we doing here?
— It’s Black and White 🖤🤍 (@chisoxfans1) June 9, 2022
Some are saying it’s enough to get the manager fired.
That’s got to be a fireable offense, right?!?
— Asher Miller (@AsherAMiller) June 9, 2022
“HE HAD TWO STRIKES, TONYYYY!”
— Monty the Grey (@Vmax7CWS) June 9, 2022
Not a great look for La Russa and the White Sox. They’d go on to lose the matchup by a score of 11-9. I bet they wish they had those three runs back.
Tony LaRussa responds in postgame interview
“I mean is that really a question?”
Tony La Russa suggests that it was obviously a good decision to intentionally walk Trea Turner with two strikes to get to Max Muncy, who hit a home run pic.twitter.com/8WYlwJTCm0
— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) June 9, 2022
La Russa tried to justify the decision, noting Turner’s success with two strikes.
“Is that really a question??… That wasn’t a tough call.”
The scenario was created by a wild pitch that opened up first base and put a runner in scoring position. Still, even with the lefty-lefty matchup on deck, it seems easier to get one pitch rather than face a new batter.
Obviously, it didn’t work out for the White Sox.