(Audacy) It didn’t take long for the Astros-White Sox game to get out of hand Thursday afternoon, with Houston obliterating Chicago, 21-5, while powered by third baseman Alex Bregman's four-hit day that included two homers.
To spice up the excruciating final innings of the blowout, Astros television color commentator Geoff Blum traded places with White Sox analyst Steve Stone. Blum partnered with play-by-ply man Jason Benetti in the booth for NBC Sports Chicago while Stone joined play-by-play man Todd Kalas on the call for AT&T Sportsnet Southwest.
Adding to the chaos, White Sox infielder Josh Harrison took the mound for his fourth career pitching appearance, serving up six hits and four runs in the ninth inning. To his credit, Harrison did get one batter to swing and miss, 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. Though the White Sox 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.