Adam Engel raced into the wrong field, attempting to track Thursday’s final against the Baltimore Orioles.
But the Chicago White Sox left fielder, who entered eighth place as a defensive replacement with the Sox leading by one run, could not hang the ball against the side wall.
“My job is to come in and put up a solid defense, especially late in the games,” Engel said. “It’s a play I look forward to making.
“Just to squeeze that one out.”
Kyle Stowers’ batting line-up continued with two dismissals in the ninth. And he later paid off two pitches to the Sox, a game-tying solo home run going close to Liam Hendrix.
The game went into extra innings, and Anthony Santander with a single against reliever Jake Dieckman in the 11th in Cedric Mullins gave the Orioles a 4–3 victory in front of 13,905 at Camden Yards.
It was a devastating defeat for the Sox, who lost two out of three in the series.
“It was entirely on me with the pitch selection,” Hendrix said. “It was a pitch that I used to throw very rarely in the zone and unfortunately hung up and got it. It’s never a good feeling, but especially in a game like (Thursday) where we were grinding.
“We are down and we were able to take that lead late. My job is to come in and close the door, and I wasn’t able to do that. ,
The Sox finished second in the American League Central with the Minnesota Twins, four games behind the division-leading Cleveland Guardians.
“There was nothing wrong with the way we played today,” Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “Just defeated.”
And in an injury-laden season, the Sox finished Thursday without starting third baseman Yoan Moncada, who went into the bottom of fifth with a left hamstring tightness. The Sox said that is the day-to-day.
Moncada got a chance to meet the training staff after playing brilliantly on Terrin Vavra Bunt to open the second innings. Moncada singled out the fourth for his second hit of the game, but appeared to favor his leg as he made his way to first base.
Romi Gonzalez moved into fifth to play second while Josh Harrison moved from second to third.
When Gonzalez singled out and later scored on a throwing error, the Sox took the game in seventh to finish 2nd. They advanced an innings later when Jose Abreu drove to the left with a two-out single from Gavin Sheets.
Hendrix retired the first two in the ninth, and Stowers hit a foul on the left field line on the first pitch of his at-bat.
La Russa said of Engel, “I think it was amazing that he went so far.” “He had a long way to run, and the ball got out. But it wasn’t an easy game.”
It was the third error of the game for the Sox. First, when Abreu didn’t clean up an Adley Ratschmann grounder in the first innings, before Santander’s two-run homer, which gave the Orioles a 2–1 lead.
Making a swinging strike, Hendrix went 0-2 ahead. He went with a curveball, and Stowe joined for a home run.
Hendrix kept this order upon himself.
“At the end of the day, it was just a foul ball,” he said. “I needed to make a pitch and I had it where I wanted to and I didn’t execute, and that’s on me. It’s not on anyone else. It’s up to me.”
The Sox were retired in 10th and 11th order. In the 11th, Louis Robert, who had swing with an arm in the last few games, finished with another strikeout during his bat.
“Every time my swing is bad it hurts a lot,” Robert said through an interpreter. He missed time from August 13–19, in one game confined to pinch-running duties because of a sprained left wrist.
Asked if he considers dismissing Robert at some point in the game, La Russa said: “You see three days when he gets one on the nose, yet he belts it out. A long one.” Hit the fly ball. There’s a lot to do with the pitch he was facing.”
Joe Kelly pulled the Sox out of the jam in 10th, preventing the Orioles from scoring as they had runners on the corners and no outsiders.
Ratschmann singled out against Dieckmann to start in 11th place, with automatic runner, Mullins, finishing third. Santander followed up with a game-winning hit to centre.
Sox starter Lance Lynn said, “Show up (Friday) and then go again,” allowed one run to be earned on three hits in six innings. “Just coming in from a (2-4) road trip, kind of a weirdo with the makeup game in the middle of it (Kansas City, Mo. on Monday).
“Go home, regroup and we have a three-series homestand (against Arizona, Kansas City and Minnesota), so we have to make a run here when we get home.”