Day later, La Russa stands by call to walk Turner

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CHICAGO — A day after ordering a two-strike intentional stroll that backfired, Chicago White Sox supervisor Tony La Russa mentioned he’d do it yet again.

Within the sixth inning of Thursday’s 11-9 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, La Russa walked right-handed hitting speedster Trea Turner with a 1-2 rely. Left-handed hitting Max Muncy adopted with a three-run homer off lefty Bennett Sousa that opened the Los Angeles result in 10-5.

Muncy had 5 RBI in his return after lacking 11 video games with left elbow irritation. He entered hitting .150 to Turner’s .303.

Earlier than Friday’s residence recreation in opposition to Texas, the 77-year-old La Russa referred to a line he mentioned was handed on to him by former White Sox and Baltimore supervisor Paul Richards.

“Belief your intestine. Do not cowl your butt,” La Russa mentioned.

Freddie Freeman was at second within the sixth on Thursday after Sousa bounced an 0-2 slider for a wild pitch. With first base open, La Russa ordered the intentional stroll to Turner, whom he believed represented an even bigger menace.

“Pssssh, 24 hours later, I am much more shocked,” La Russa mentioned of the response. “That is not even a detailed name. I imply have you learnt what Muncy was hitting from the left-hand aspect this season? .125.”

The transfer was all about Turner, who had already pushed in a run when he legged out an infield single.

In line with ESPN Stats & Data analysis, Turner is a .254 profession hitter after a 1-2 rely in opposition to a lefty pitcher, and this season he’s hitting .333 (5-for-15) in such conditions.

“Turner is a troublesome hitter with no strikes, one strike, two strikes,” La Russa mentioned. “He shortens up and he is received every kind of the way to place the ball in play and damage you.

“Now, if it had been a right-handed pitcher, yeah, I most likely would have tried to make a pitch.”

Turner mentioned he was astonished when he was despatched to first. Muncy admitted he was riled, then lofted a 2-2 pitch from Sousa simply over the left-center wall for his fourth homer.

“Since then, any individual despatched me some stats about what Turner hits with 1-2 counts,” La Russa mentioned. “He is just like the third- or fourth-best hitter in baseball over the previous three years. I imply, everyone knows that.”

Data from The Related Press was used on this report.

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