'The most embarrassing inning I have ever called'

'The most embarrassing inning I have ever called'
September 2, 2013, 4:30 pm
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CSN Staff

Here's how the fourth inning went in Monday's White Sox-Yankees game:

Alex Rodriguez doubled to right. Vernon Wells hit comebacker that deflected off Dylan Axelrod's glove for an infield single. Curtis Granderson walked. Mark Reynolds hit a shot to third, which Conor Gillaspie gloved but couldn't handle, allowing Rodriguez to score. Austin Romine singled to center, scoring Wells and Granderson. Brett Gardner doubled to right, scoring Reynolds. Derek Jeter hit on up the middle, again deflected by Axelrod and again going for a hit, scoring Romine.

Whew. Take a break. That's six runs, putting New York up 7-0 at that point. The Yankees weren't finished.

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Robinson Cano popped out for the first out of the inning. Alfonso Soriano followed that with a double to left, scoring Gardner. Rodriguez walked after Josh Phegley dropped a pop-up in foul territory. Wells hit a grounder, which Adam Dunn fielded and made a terrible throw to second trying to turn two, allowing two more runs to score.

When the dust settled, the Yankees had an eight-run inning and a 9-0 lead. Here's how Hawk Harrelson summed things up:

"In all the thousands of games I have done for the White Sox, that is the most embarrassing inning I have ever called."

It's not, however, the first time the White Sox allowed eight runs in an inning against the Yankees in the Bronx.

On Aug. 2, 2007, the White Sox lit up Roger Clemens for eight runs in the top of the second -- five of those runs were unearned, as the Yankees played some incredibly sloppy defense behind The Rocket. But in the bottom of the frame, Jon Garland gave up eight hits and was tagged for eight runs, immediately erasing the sizeable advantage handed to him. The White Sox went on to win 13-9, though.

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2007 was the last year the White Sox lost 90 games. The White Sox, defeated for the fourth straight game on Monday, have 80 losses in 136 games this year.