Chicago White Sox supervisor Tony La Russa isn’t any stranger to creating odd calls at odd occasions. And for the second time this season, he’s making headlines for a similar kind of head-scratcher.
Trailing 5-2 in opposition to the Cleveland Guardians within the backside of the seventh inning on Friday evening, La Russa known as for an intentional stroll to load the bases. However right here’s the all-too-familiar kicker: The choice was made on a 1-2 rely with two outs.
La Russa made the precise similar resolution earlier this season. Trailing the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-5 within the sixth inning with two outs and a 1-2 rely, the supervisor known as within the intentional stroll a lot to the dismay of his gamers. The very subsequent batter, Max Muncy, hit a three-run homer to interrupt the sport wide-open.
On Friday evening, the outcomes weren’t fairly as destructive. The White Sox have been in a position to get out of the inning however nonetheless went on to lose the sport, 5-2.
After the defeat, a defiant La Russa defended his resolution simply as he had the primary time round.
“We’ve been by way of this earlier than, probably the most ridiculous factor on this season has been (response to) the 1-2 stroll. I imply that’s probably the most ridiculous,” La Russa scoffed, through The Athletic. “That’s what I say. Anyone says. . . I imply. I don’t need to get into it, man. Will get me upset. Ain’t a baseball man that I do know would pitch to that one man (Trea Turner) as an alternative of Muncy and now, if he leaves the left-hander in, not going to face (Oscar) Gonzalez, he’s hitting .300.”
There was a base open in every case, and statistically, it’s simpler to document an out when the bases are loaded. Nonetheless, hardly ever, if ever, does a supervisor name for an intentional stroll on a 1-2 rely with two outs, not to mention twice in the identical season.