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Tony La Russa’s return to the supervisor’s chair with the Chicago White Sox hasn’t been a tender mosey to this level.
Talking to journalists after Wednesday’s 1-0 loss to the Cincinnati Reds in 10 innings, La Russa admitted he doesn’t know the additional-inning principles Main League Baseball has adopted after he extinct nearer Liam Hendriks as the runner to initiate at second irascible in preference to Jose Abreu.
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Tony La Russa did no longer know that he could well maybe enjoy extinct Jose Abreu at second irascible as the free runner in preference to nearer Liam Hendriks. Became as soon as informed of an modification to rule by @JRFegan. “I’m guessing you appreciate the foundations better. Now I know,” he acknowledged.
In the bottom of the ninth, La Russa performed a double swap with Hendriks replacing Andrew Vaughn and taking on for Michael Kopech on the mound.
The No. 5 predicament in the lineup, which is the effect Hendriks would enjoy hit, made the closing out of the ninth inning.
Per the foundations, the runner who made the closing out of the previous inning is extinct as the runner on second irascible the following inning if a sport goes into extras. MLB does permit for an exception if that predicament in the lineup is a pitcher.
On this case, Abreu would enjoy been in a situation to initiate the inning at second irascible by being the hitter preceding Hendriks in the lineup.
The White Sox didn’t score in the terminate half of the 10th inning. After Yasmani Grandal walked, Leury Garcia hit into a power out and used to be thrown out attempting to determine second. Billy Hamilton struck out to terminate the frame.
Hendriks gave up help-to-help singles to Gash Senzel and Jesse Winker to initiate the bottom of the 10th, permitting Tucker Barnhart to score the a success speed.
The White Sox hired La Russa in October, nine years after he closing managed the St. Louis Cardinals.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported on Monday that “persistence in some parts of the White Sox’s clubhouse is rising thin” with La Russa via the first month of the season.
Chicago is off to a decent 16-13 initiate after Wednesday’s loss.