A throwing error, single, single, sacrifice bunt, throwing error, walk, single, single, interference error, fielding error, double, single, hit by pitch, sacrifice fly, walk, hit by pitch, sacrifice fly, three-run homer, and another walk.
That, right there, is how you score fourteen (14!) runs in a single inning – or at least, that’s how the Chicago White Sox did it yesterday during their Spring Training matchup against the Dodgers.
Entering the ninth inning down 3-1, the Sox managed to push fourteen freakin’ runs across the plate before three outs were collected, thanks to some timely hitting, some terrible fielding, and a ridiculous amount of luck.
Let’s check it out, learn a little, and laugh a lot.
In total, four Dodgers’ pitchers were sent to the mound in the ninth – Andrew Istler, Scott Griggs, Edward Paredes, Kyle Hooper – and each allowed at least a run. Paredes, who had the worst outing of the bunch, allowed six (5 earned).
There were some questionable calls and some unlucky bounces in there, sure, but how you don’t luck into three outs well before 14 runs is beyond me. It may be Spring Training, but that is totally bonkers.