That’s certainly a unique way to get out of a jam.
In a crucial spot in the eighth inning of a tie game against the Tigers on Friday evening, the White Sox turned one of the most bizarre double plays you’ll ever see, which was perhaps best described as a strike-‘em-out-tag-‘em-out sequence. On a 3-2 pitch, White Sox reliever Joe Kelly got Tigers first baseman Spencer Torkelson to swing at a breaking ball out of the strike zone that bounced off catcher Yasmani Grandal’s shin guard and back into no man’s land toward the mound.
As Torkelson slammed his bat in frustration and gave himself up for the second out, Tigers shortstop Javier Baez took off from third base in search of the go-ahead run. But Kelly pounced from the mound and shoveled the ball back to Grandal on a nice play in which he only used his glove, and Grandal applied the tag on Baez for the third out. For some reason, Baez chose not to slide, and he never touched the plate.
Despite the key play, the White Sox ended up losing 3-2 to the Tigers in 10 innings.