Monday, June 17, 2024

Baltimore Orioles Hold Off Chicago White Sox Rally to Secure 8-6 Victory with Dramatic Infield Fly and Interference Call Finish

White Sox rally falls short in controversial ending against Orioles

In a dramatic turn of events, the Chicago White Sox mounted an impressive comeback in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles, closing within two runs after being down 8-2. However, their efforts fell short in a controversial final play that ended the game.

With runners on first and second and only one out, Andrew Benintendi hit a pop-up to Orioles shortstop Gunnar Henderson. The infield fly rule was called, and umpires ruled that the runner at second, Andrew Vaughn, interfered with Henderson, resulting in Vaughn being called out and ending the game, crushing Chicago’s rally.

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde expressed confusion over the final play, stating that he did not receive an explanation for the interference call. White Sox manager Pedro Grifol came out to argue the decision but to no avail as the umpires stood by their call.

Crew chief Adrian Johnson explained that there is no discretion when it comes to baserunners making contact with fielders, even if it appears to be incidental. He emphasized that interference is called if the fielder is hindered in any way, regardless of intent.

Despite the controversial ending, the Orioles secured the win, snapping a three-game losing streak. Anthony Santander and Adley Rutschmann contributed offensively for Baltimore, while Chicago’s Craig Kimbrel earned his 10th save of the season.

The White Sox, who are off to their worst start in franchise history, will look to bounce back in the next game against the Orioles. The series continues with Corbin Burnes pitching for Baltimore and Chris Flexen for Chicago.

The game may have ended in controversy, but the excitement and competitiveness displayed by both teams kept fans on the edge of their seats until the very last out.

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