White Sox earn another embarrassing loss by forgetting how many outs there are in the 9th inning

white sox earn another embarrassing loss by forgetting how many outs there are in the 9th inning

DETROIT, MI - JUNE 21: Paul DeJong #29 of the Chicago White Sox reacts after being doubled off first base for the final out of the game on a fly out by Andrew Benintendi against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on June 21, 2024 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

The White Sox have no shortage of losses this season.

Entering Friday, Chicago's 56 L's led MLB with the next-worst team, the Colorado Rockies, still six games back. Loss No. 57 for the Sox may not be the worst they experience this year (the season is still too young to make that declaration), but it will be one of the most memorable.

Trailing by one run against the rival Detroit Tigers with one out in the ninth inning, Paul DeJong reached base on a hit by pitch. Now, you would think given the fact that he was the second batter of the inning, DeJong would know there was only one out.

But these are the 2024 Chicago White Sox were talking about. Nothing is a given. Which means not only did DeJong forget how many outs there are, he ran into a double play in the most embarrassing way possible.

An 8-6-3 double play to end the game. Oof.

The salt in the wound here for South Siders is hearing Jason Benetti — the former Sox announcer and hometown icon — on the call for the Tigers, ripping Chicago for giving away a victory to Detroit.

DeJong owned up to his blunder but the explanation doesn't do much to ease the sting.

“It was a mental lapse there,” DeJong said. “I was worried about getting on base and just didn’t keep track of [the outs], so that’s totally on me and it cost us the game.”

The Chicago White Sox are 20-57. There are 85 games remaining. Each, apparently, with the potential to end worse than the last.

This article originally appeared on For The Win: White Sox earn another embarrassing loss by forgetting how many outs there are in the 9th inning

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