The White Sox split their two-game set against the Reds and their 1-0 loss on Wednesday has Sox fans targeting Tony La Russa once again.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Michael Kopech got squeezed and walked Jonathan India to load the bases with two outs. La Russa made a double switch to bring in closer Liam Hendriks and Jake Lamb. Hendriks got the third out to send the game into extra innings and that’s when the shit hit the fan for La Russa.

Since last season, teams begin with a runner at second in extra innings. That runner is normally the guy who made the final out in the previous inning. With the double switch, Hendriks was that runner for the White Sox. However, there is a quirk in the rule that allows teams to use the runner before that if it’s the pitcher.

No one on the White Sox knew the rule and allowed Hendriks to be the runner. After a Yasmani Grandal walk and Leury Garcia fielder’s choice grounder the White Sox had runners at first and third with one out. Then, things got even worse.

With Billy Hamilton at the plate, the White Sox had Garcia try to steal second base. With Hendriks at third base, the Reds had no issue of throwing through and Garcia was caught stealing. Then, Hamilton struck out swinging to end the inning.

The Reds then won the game in the bottom of the 10th after a pair of singles from Nick Senzel and Jesse Winker.

Following the loss, La Russa said the White Sox didn’t know they could have opted not to have Hendriks start the 10th as the runner at second.


Top 1

Tim Anderson swings at the first pitch from Sonny Gray and grounds out sharply to shortstop.

Nick Madrigal hits a grounder that takes a funny hop off the mound, but Reds’ second baseman Jonathan India makes a quick recovery and makes the play.

Joey Votto makes another nice play on a hard-hit ball from Yoan Moncada.

Score: White Sox 0, Reds 0

Bottom 1

Nick Senzel works a nine-pitch walk to start the first against Dallas Keuchel.

Another full count and Jesse Winker gets jammed, but is able to dump the ball down the right-field line for a double. Senzel held up at third.

What a play from Jose Abreu! Votto hits a hard grounder to first, Abreu gets the out at first and then throws home to get Senzel for the double play. Reds challenge and Abreu never stepped on first, so it goes down as a fielder’s choice, but Abreu did prevent Senzel from scoring. Runners at the corners with one out.

Eugenio Suarez swings at the first pitch and grounds into an easy 6-4-3 double play.

Score: White Sox 0, Reds 0

Top 2

Abreu grounds out to India to the right of second base.

A curve ball gets away from Gray and nails Andrew Vaughn on the front of his helmet.

A four-pitch walk from Yasmani Grandal.

Gray started 2-0 on Leury Garcia, but he ends striking him out swinging with a curve ball.

Billy Hamilton strikes out swinging on a fastball and the White Sox strand two runners.

Score: White Sox 0, Reds 0

Bottom 2

Mike Moustakas flies out to Hamilton in center field.

Tyler Stephenson grounds out to Moncada.

Tyler Naquin grounds out to Madrigal and Keuchel comes back with a quick second inning.

Score: White Sox 0, Reds 0

Top 3

Keuchel chops one slowly to shortstop.

Anderson singles to right field for the team’s first hit against Gray.

Madrigal flies out to right field.

TA steals second and that’s his sixth stolen base.

India robs the White Sox of their first run, gloving a one-bounce rocket above his head and throwing out Moncada.

Score: White Sox 0, Reds 0

Bottom 3

India grounds out to Madrigal.

Gray with a tapper to Keuchel for another easy out.

Anderson throws out Senzel on another slowly hit ground ball. A seven-pitch inning for Keuchel. The lefty is locked in.

Score: White Sox 0, Reds 0

Top 4

Abreu strikes out swinging.

Vaughn can’t check his swing and he strikes out on a breaking ball.

Grandal strikes out looking and Gray strikes out the side.

Score: White Sox 0, Reds 0

Bottom 4

Winker hits one just fair beyond first base and that’s another quick out for Keuchel.

Votto gets hit on the hand on a 0-2 pitch.

Suarez draws a walk after Abreu couldn’t bring in a foul ball that bounced off his glove by the dugout railing earlier in the plate appearance.

Moustakas lines out to Abreu at first base.

Stephenson pops it up and Abreu makes the catch in shallow right field.

Score: White Sox 0, Reds 0

Top 5

Garcia strikes out swinging.

Hamilton grounds out to Suarez.

Keuchel strikes out looking.

Score: White Sox 0, Reds 0

Bottom 5

Naquin with a leadoff single to right field.

Keuchel falls behind 3-0 to India, but he comes back to get a 5-4-3 double play and just like that no one is on for the pitcher. Biggest at-bat of the game and a perfect result for the Sox.

Gray with a soft come backer to Keuchel to end the inning.

Score: White Sox 0, Reds 0

Top 6

Anderson lines a ball to right field, but it’s directly at Naquin.

Madrigal slices a single to right field.

Moncada strikes out looking.

Abreu hits a grounder to Suarez, who gets Madrigal at second for the force out.

Score: White Sox 0, Reds 0

Bottom 6

Senzel hits it hard, but Anderson throws him out from short.

Winker grounds out to Madrigal in shallow right field.

Kyle Farmer, who came in to play first base in the last half inning, draws a walk.

Suarez lines out to Vaughn in left field.

Score: White Sox 0, Reds 0

Top 7

Vaughn breaks his bat and flies out to shallow right field.

Grandal with his second walk of the game.

Garcia grounds out to second. India makes another stellar play.

Hamilton grounds out to Gray.

Score: White Sox 0, Reds 0

Bottom 7

Moustakas grounds out to Abreu.

Stephenson strikes out swinging on a change up. That’s Keuchel’s first strikeout.

Naquin grounds out to Abreu, who dives to tag first base. Amazing start from Keuchel, who is most likely done as his spot in the lineup is due to leadoff the eighth.

Score: White Sox 0, Reds 0

Top 8

Tejay Antone now pitching for the Reds and Yermin Mercedes pinch-hitting for Keuchel.

Antone freezes Mercedes with a slider for strike three.

Anderson strikes out swinging.

Madrigal grounds out to Moustakas at third.

Score: White Sox 0, Reds 0

Bottom 8

Michael Kopech now pitching for the White Sox.

India strikes out swinging on a Kopech 98mph fastball.

Tucker Barnhart strikes out swinging on a fastball.

Kopech walks Senzel on four pitches.

Winker draws a walk and the Reds have two with two outs.

Farmer pops it up to Anderson for the third out.

Score: White Sox 0, Reds 0

Top 9

Moncada flies out to deep center field.

Abreu goes from 0-2 to a walk.

Tough luck for Vaughn, who hits a ground ball right up the middle that turns into a 4-3 double play.

Score: White Sox 0, Reds 0

Bottom 9

Kopech strikes out Suarez swinging with another high fastball.

Moustakas strikes out swinging on a slider.

Alex Blandino pinch-hits and lines a single to right-center field, but gets to second on an error after Garcia has the ball bounce off his hand in the gap.

Naquin is intentionally walked.

Kopech doesn’t the call on a borderline fastball up at the top of the zone and India walks to load the bases. Tony La Russa bringing in Liam Hendriks. Jake Lamb comes in for Andrew Vaughn on the double switch.

Barnhart hits a grounder to Moncada, who races to third for the out.

Score: White Sox 0, Reds 0

Top 10

Hendriks begins the inning at second. Lucas Sims now pitching for the Reds.

Grandal draws a walk.

Garcia with a slow grounder to the left side and the Reds are only able to get Grandal at second. Runners at the corners with one out and Hamilton due up.

Garcia is caught trying to steal second base for the second out of the inning.

Hamilton strikes out swinging and Hendriks is left stranded at third base.

Score: White Sox 0, Reds 0

Bottom 10

Barnhart is the Reds’ runner at second to start the inning.

Senzel singles to left field and Barnhart stops at third.

Winker singles to center and the Reds win 1-0.

FINAL: White Sox 0, Reds 1

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