The Chicago White Sox had everything in control last night as they entered the top of the ninth inning ahead of the Cleveland Guardians by a score of 8-2.
But the Guardians rallied and flipped the script with Josh Naylor‘s two-homer, eight-RBI game, ultimately winning the game by a final of 12-9 and handing the White Sox their toughest loss of the season to this point.
Following the game, manager Tony La Russa shared his thoughts on his team’s collapse and expressed disappointment for having such a big lead in the ninth and being unable to put the finishing touches on the game.
Tony La Russa: "Brutal. Had a chance to put it away. That's just a brutal loss, to give up six runs like that and a couple chances to win offensively.
"It's a tough loss. It's as tough as you're going to have."
— Daryl Van Schouwen (@CST_soxvan) May 10, 2022
Telling It How It Is
La Russa was about as blunt as you can be here.
He certainly didn’t sugarcoat how bad this loss was for him and his ballclub.
And you can’t blame him.
The White Sox had this game in the bag.
It was all over but the crying, until it wasn’t.
Things changed so quickly, and the Guardians had completely flipped the script in a matter of minutes.
This is about as tough as it gets if you’re going to lose a game.
The White Sox had victory right in their grasp and let it all slip away.
La Russa is just telling it how it is with his postgame comments.
It’s hard to get much worse than this.
But baseball has always been a crazy game and it will continue to be that way for the remainder of time.
Teams will come back from large deficits from time to time.
The Guardians just happened to pull it off last night at Guaranteed Rate Field.
The White Sox will need to bounce back quickly.