While you were probably sleeping, the Chicago White Sox had themselves quite the offensive explosion in the nightcap of their split squad game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Down 3-1 going into the ninth inning, the Sox youngsters put up 14 runs in the top half.
It started when catcher Alfredo Gonzalez reached base on a throwing error by Dodgers third baseman, Erick Mejia. Jake Peter would come into the game pinch running for Gonzalez, and reach third on Danny Hayes single to right field.
With runners on the corners, Nick Basto hit a hard groundball to first baseman, Tim Locastro. On the throw to first base, pitcher Andrew Istler missed tagging the bag with his foot allowing Basto to be safe on the play while Jake Peter scored.
Adam Engel laid down a sacrifice bunt, which Istler threw the ball to right field allowing pinch runner Joey DeMichele to score, tying the game 3-3. Basto and Engel advanced to scoring position. After walking Eddy Alvarez, it was Luis Basabe’s turn to shine. He didn’t disappoint, as with the infield drawn in Basabe hit a two-run single to right field, giving the Sox a 5-3 lead.
After a pitching change, Jason Bourgeois got into the mix as his hard liner ricocheted off the pitcher into very shallow left field. Alvarez easily scored, but Basabe was sent home. On a close play at the plate, Basabe was called safe by the home plate umpire giving the Sox a four run lead, 7-3.
Matt Davidson would reach second base on an error on Yusniel Diaz. It wouldn’t get better for Diaz as he made a terrible route on Yoan Moncada’s deep drive to left field that resulted in a two-run double.
Now up 9-3 and scoring eight runs, the White Sox showed no signs of slowing down. Jake Peter singled to left field putting runners on the corners for catcher Roberto Pena. He would get hit by a pitch to load the bases for Basto.
Basto hit a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Moncada to make it 10-3. Nine runs later, the Dodgers recorded the first out of the inning.
Yet, the scoring didn’t stop.
After Engel walked and Alvarez was hit bit a pitch, Basabe picked up his third RBI of the inning with a Sacrifice Fly to center. With runners on first and second, Bourgeois decided to one up Basabe by hitting a three-run homer to left field, giving the Sox a 15-3 lead.
In the inning, Bourgeois was 2 for 2 with a home run and 5 RBI.
Mercifully, the inning would end after Moncada grounded out to first base. Dodgers would score two runs in the bottom half, but the Sox prevailed, 15-5.
In a half century of watching, that is the most disgusting half inning of "baseball" I have ever seen.— Howard Cole (@Howard_Cole) March 13, 2017
Sox batted around twice in the 9th...this was easily the dumbest inning of baseball I've ever seen in my life— If I Had My Druthers (@chisox2727) March 13, 2017