It didn’t take long for Thursday’s matinee between the White Sox and Astros to get out of hand, with Houston, powered by four hits including two homers by third baseman Alex Bregman, obliterating Chicago on getaway day. To spice up the excruciating final innings of a 21-5 blowout, Astros color commentator Geoff Blum traded places with White Sox analyst Steve Stone, partnering with Jason Benetti in the booth for NBC Sports Chicago while Stone joined Todd Kalas on the call for AT&T Sportsnet Southwest.
Adding to the chaos, infielder Josh Harrison took the mound for his fourth career pitching appearance, serving up six hits and four runs in his lone inning of work. To his credit, the White Sox veteran did get one batter to swing and miss (he also reached base in three of his five plate appearances, finishing with a walk and two singles), setting down Astros outfielder Jake Meyers for his second career strikeout.
Over the course of a long season, lopsided scores like these are bound to happen from time to time. Players aren’t at their best the afternoon after a night game with Chicago’s fatigue evident within the first few innings—the Astros leapt out to a 10-0 lead and never let up. Though the Pale Hose won’t look back on Thursday with fond memories, both announcing crews deserve props for embracing the anarchy, adding much-needed levity to a game that quickly went off the rails.