Palka HRs twice in one AB, but only one counts

OF slugs solo shot 4 pitches after drive to RF stands ruled fair, then called foul

September 2nd, 2018

CHICAGO -- homered twice in his fourth-inning at-bat in the White Sox 8-0 win over the Red Sox on Sunday afternoon at Guaranteed Rate Field. But only one of them counted.

Palka hit a 1-0 pitch off of reliever William Cuevas into the seats down the right-field line, which was originally ruled fair by the umpiring crew. Palka circled the bases and the Guaranteed Rate Field fireworks were set off, but before he reached third base, the umpires had gotten together near the mound and rightfully ruled the ball foul.

On a 3-2 pitch, Palka connected on a blast to right that clearly stayed fair for his 20th home run and 54th RBI. Palka's blast had a 112.3 mph exit velocity and carried 416 feet, as projected by Statcast™.

"It was funny because the bat boy went to give me a high five, and I was like, 'Just give me the bat,'" said Palka. "I thought [the first one] was foul by 20 feet, and when he said fair, I was like, 'I'll take it.' But kind of gave me the same pitch 3-2, and [I] stayed back just enough."

"I think just because he threw me that pitch and I hit it foul. It was the exact same spot, everything. I think my body just took over and waited back enough to hit it out."

White Sox manager Rick Renteria and even Ken "Hawk" Harrelson and A.J. Pierzynski on the broadcast said they had never seen anything happen like that before.

"Never. It was unique," Renteria said. "[Bench coach] Joe [McEwing], he was looking at me, he said, 'I've never seen that.' I said, 'I never have either.' It always ends in a strikeout, a popup, a ground ball, something. It never ends up on a positive."

LaMarre exits with hip soreness

Outfielder left Sunday in the seventh inning due to right hip soreness. He is listed as day to day, as is , who left Saturday's loss with right knee soreness and missed Sunday's contest.

"He was limping a little bit today," said Renteria of Garcia. "So, we'll continue to play it by ear and let that thing calm down a little bit."