Tony La Russa had a weird rationalization for a weird choice.
Throughout the White Sox’s 11-9 loss to the Dodgers on Thursday, Trea Turner was batting with a runner on and had a 1-2 depend. Inexplicably, La Russa referred to as for Turner to be deliberately walked – once more – with two strikes.
Max Muncy proceeded to hit a three-run dwelling run off Bennett Sousa to place the Dodgers forward 10-5.
Tony La Russa was baffled that he was being questioned for calling for Trea Turner to be deliberately walked with a 1-2 depend.Getty Pictures
After the house run, Muncy appeared to look in La Russa’s route and yell, “You f–king stroll him with two strikes. F–ok you, bitch!”
Requested about his thought course of on Turner’s intentional stroll, La Russa struggled to grasp how he was being second-guessed.
The man screaming “He has two strikes, Tony!” after Tony La Russa deliberately walked Trea Turner on a 1-2 depend to pitch to Max Muncy who proceeded to hit a three-run homer is peak chef’s kiss. (by way of @NBCSWhiteSox)pic.twitter.com/C9yaR0ZdBU
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 9, 2022
“Let me ask you one thing: Is there a query about whether or not that was a very good transfer or not?” La Russa requested. “Are you aware what he hits towards left-handed pitchers with two strikes? Is that basically a query? Turner with a strike left towards a left-hander is one thing you possibly can keep away from in case you can. We had an open base and Muncy occurred to be the man behind him, and that’s a greater matchup.
“If somebody disagrees, that’s the fantastic thing about this recreation. Welcome to it.”
Tony La Russa deliberately walked Trea Turner with two strikes to face Max Muncy
Max answered that with a 3-run dwelling run
“You fucking stroll him with two strikes. Fuck you, bitch!” pic.twitter.com/7b5rDyyDrB
— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) June 9, 2022
For an concept of how uncommon it’s for a hitter to be deliberately walked when he’s behind within the depend with two strikes, veteran baseball scribe Joe Sheehan tweeted, “We solely have by depend information again to 1988, however this seems to be the first-ever intentional stroll issued on a 1-2 depend.”
The loss dropped the White Sox to 26-29 this season.