GLENDALE, Ariz. — Until the ninth inning Sunday night, the White Sox did a lot of nothing in their Cactus League game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Camelback Ranch.
Matt Davidson had struck out four times, and Yoan Moncada, batting behind him, did the same. The Sox trailed 3-1 going into their last at-bat.
And then came 14.
As in runs, by a lineup comprised mostly of prospects, most of them from the Sox minor-league camp. The Sox batted around twice, sending 18 batters to the plate. (There’s a two-touchdowns-in-one-inning joke in there).
It was no laughing matter for the Dodgers, who nonetheless extended a long day for the Sox that began with a 10-8 afternoon loss to the Rangers on the same field. The Dodgers scored a pair in the bottom of the ninth before settling for a 15-5 loss.
The big blow for the Sox was a three-run homer by minor league outfielder Jason Bourgeois, who also singled in two runs in his first at-bat in the ninth. Luis Basabe, an outfielder acquired with Moncada and two others in the Chris Sale trade from the Red Sox, singled in two runs in the ninth and finished with three RBI.
There were seven hits by the Sox, four errors by the Dodgers, and two hit batters and three walks by their pitchers in a none-too-pretty, seemingly never-ending half inning of baseball that took about 40 minutes.
For the record, here’s what happened, batter by batter (all 18 of them).
Alfredo Gonzalez reaches on an error.
Danny Hayes singles.
Nick Basto singles, Peter scores.
Adam Engel sacrifice bunt, throwing error on pitcher Andrew Istler.
Eddy Alvarez walks.
Luis Alexander Basabe singles.
Jason Bourgeois singles in 2 runs.
Matt Davidson reaches on a fielding error.
Yoan Moncada doubles in 2 runs.
Roberto Pena hit by pitch.
Basto sacrifice fly.
Alvarez hit by pitch.
Basabe sacrifice fly.
Bourgeois 3 run homer.
Moncada grounds out.
Said Dodgers broadcaster Rick Monday when the Sox took the field in the bottom of the inning, summarizing the absurdity of the top half:
“The White Sox made some changes, and we don’t care.”