Sunday, August 12, 2012
White Sox 7 Athletics 3: Nobody's Home
There was a lot about this game to enjoy, but the one moment that'll stick out to me is the moment that I'd never seen happen before.
In the bottom of the seventh, with a 6-2 lead, A.J. Pierzynski was on first base after singling. On a 3-2 count Pierzynski took off and Alexei Ramirez hit a slow chopper to shortstop.
However, instead of keeping the Sox out of a double play, Robin Ventura's decision to send the runner led to a run.
Shortstop Cliff Pennington and third baseman Adam Rosales collided while both trying to field the ball, though Pennington came up with it cleanly and threw Ramirez out at first.
Then the fun began.
Noticing that nobody was covering third base, Pierzynski never stopped at second and went into third. That's when he noticed Oakland's catcher Derek Norris was backing up first base on the throw and nobody was at home plate.
So with Chris Carter just standing there holding the ball, Pierzynski left third base and coasted to home which was left all alone.
I don't know for sure, but I'm fairly certain that may be the first time in MLB history a player scored from first base on a routine 6-3 groundout. No errors or errant throws, no bobbles, no nothing but stupidity.
It was great.
What was nearly as great was Chris Sale's performance. Sale went 6.2 innings and allowed only 2 runs -- both on solo shots -- while striking out 11 and not walking anybody. That extended break he took before his last start seems to have worked wonders for him because he's gone back to being Cy Young candidate Chris Sale since.