White Sox’s Tony La Russa makes perplexing decision to intentionally walk batter with 2 strikes

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Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa defended his decision to intentionally walk Los Angeles Dodgers batter Trea Turner on a 1-2 count in the sixth inning during their game on Thursday.Turner had two strikes on him in the sixth inning when La Russa inexplicably decided to call for an intentional walk while left-handed pitcher Bennett Sousa was pitching. La Russa, a Hall of Famer, apparently wanted a lefty-lefty matchup with Sousa facing off against Max Muncy.CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM
Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa (22) smiles before a game against the Boston Red Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field.
(Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports)The White Sox broadcast caught a fan yelling, “He’s got two strikes, Tony!”Muncy would answer the challenge with a three-run home run as the Dodgers defeated the White Sox 11-9.La Russa told reporters he was playing the percentages.ASTROS’ DUSTY BAKER, HECTOR NERIS SUSPENDED AFTER BENCH-CLEARING BRAWL AGAINST MARINERS
Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy celebrates his three-run home run off Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Bennett Sousa during the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Chicago.
(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)”Is there some question about whether that was good move or not?” he said. “Do you know what (Turner) hits against left-handed pitching with 0-1 or two strikes? Do you know what Muncy hits with two strikes against a left-handed pitcher? Is that really a question? We had an open base and Muncy happened to be the guy behind him and that’s a better matchup. That wasn’t a tough call.”Turner was hitting .286 with an .831 OPS and two home runs and 12 RBI against lefties. With a 1-2 count, he was batting .256 and struck out 17 times.Muncy was hitting .125 with a .450 OPS and three RBI against lefties before the home run.
Los Angeles Dodgers’ Trea Turner swings into an RBI single off Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Cease during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Chicago.
(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)Turner wasn’t sure what was going on. A wild pitch during his at-bat allowed Freddie Freeman to move to second base, leaving Turner open to take first on the intentional walk.”I was just confused,” Turner said. “I didn’t know if I should go to first or not, but I guess they liked the matchup.”CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPLos Angeles moved to 37-20 with the win. Chicago well to 26-29.The Associated Press contributed to this report. Ryan Gaydos is the sports editor for Fox News and Fox Business. Story tips can be sent to Ryan.Gaydos@fox.com.

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