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Big Eight-Run Eighth Inning Helps White Sox Claim Come-From-Behind Victory On Mother’s Day

The mother of all comebacks happened for the Chicago White Sox, Sunday afternoon on Mother’s Day.  A big eighth-run eighth inning led to a second straight come from behind win from the South Siders.

A day after snapping a six-game losing streak, the White Sox won with the aforementioned big eight-run eighth inning to beat the San Diego Padres 9-3.  Down just 3-1 entering the bottom of the eighth, the South Siders would turn the game into a laugher so big that Padres players were stunned to let a game they seemed to have in hand get away so quickly.

Like Saturday’s victory, it took a few unusual plays to achieve the win in an inning that produced four hits, four walks, a hit-by-a-pitch and an error, off three different relievers.  After reliever Ryan Buchter got the first batter out, he would then walk Yolmer Sánchez and Jose Abreu in consecutive at-bats, before an error on shortstop Luis Sardinas allowed Avisail Garcia to reach base and load the bases.  Slugger Todd Frazier was then walked to score Sánchez and allow veteran Melky Cabrera to deliver a pinch-hit two-run RBI single to give the Sox a 4-3 lead they would never relinquish.

Just when it looked like those heroics from Melky would be all the South Siders would need for a second day of heroics, it turned out they weren’t.  Just more madness and unusual plays.  One of those unusual plays happening when Frazier riskily tagged and scored from third on a bunt attempt popped up by Tyler Saladino, which was caught by Padres first baseman Wil Myers.  After Myers lackadaisically turned his back on the play and absentmindedly just flipped the ball to the pitcher, Frazier rushed home to score.

“I’m just curious if it’s a sac fly or not.  Me and Sally were trying to talk.  Hopefully it is.  Just one of those things.  You just read what’s going on, and you talk a chance,” Frazier said about his risk in going for home on the play.  “I thought it was a good chance to take there.”

It definitely was and took any sort of semblance of order away from the Padres. The Sox would score four more runs on RBI hits from Willy and Leury Garcia, as well as Sanchez in a half-inning that saw them send 14 batters to the plate yet only have four hits and just one of those hits, on Leury’s two-run RBI double, be for extra bases.

It was the seventh come-from-behind victory for a White Sox team that nearly wasted yet another great start from ace Jose Quintana too.  Who, aside from a three-run home run he allowed to Austin Hedges in the seventh, had a pretty solid outing.  He went seven innings, allowing just five hits and three runs while striking out five and walking four in the no-decision.  Quintana has the dubious distinction of leading all of the majors in since the 2012 season with 60.