All joking aside, White Sox happy to get win
Robertson, Flowers make light of unusual ninth inning
CHICAGO -- Welcome to the comedy stylings of David Robertson and Tyler Flowers, an act brought to White Sox fans just after midnight on Tuesday thanks to the team's 8-7 victory over the A's in 14 innings at U.S. Cellular Field.
They were prominent figures during a ninth-inning meltdown that saw a four-run White Sox lead transform into a tie game. They were also able to joke about it postgame in a joint interview thanks to Melky Cabrera's two-out walk-off single off of Arnold Leon.
"We managed to make a debacle of the ninth inning," Flowers said.
"Yeah, I would agree," Robertson said.
"Mainly we have to point out … ," Flowers continued.
"Klay Thompson's brother should have caught the ball," Robertson quickly chimed in.
"It starts right there," Flowers added.
Yes, the ninth inning "debacle" began with Brett Lawrie's sinking line drive to right that Trayce Thompson couldn't quite corral with a diving effort. Not only did Robertson's streak of 26 straight batters retired come to an end, but Thompson hyperextended his left elbow and had to leave the game.
"I've seen those injuries happen before, especially when I was a kid playing football," said Thompson, who is listed as day to day. "I wasn't too excited to kind of check it out once I stood up for a second. It could have been a lot worse. I saw the replay and everything. I'm very fortunate."
Danny Valencia reached on a wild pitch off a swinging strike three and after a strikeout of Billy Butler, Josh Reddick got to first on catcher's interference on what looked like an inning-ending double-play grounder. Flowers and Robertson had an explanation as to what happened.
"I was just protecting him," said Flowers. "It was an OK spot, but I felt like Reddick was looking there."
"He was being a good teammate," Robertson said. "He had that feeling."
"If I didn't slow him down, he was going to hit it," Flowers continued. "Because I got the glove in the way, it looked like a double-play ball. We really just wanted to get the next guy."
Pinch-hitter Coco Crisp was the next guy, and he walked to force in a run. One out later, Sam Fuld singled home two to cut the advantage to one. With Marcus Semien at the plate, Flowers was charged with a passed ball to allow the tying run to score.
Flowers' miss appeared worse than it was, as Robertson threw a fastball when Flowers was looking offspeed.
"I almost killed Flow crossing him up," Robertson said.
"I touched it though, so it was OK," Flowers said.
"You did get a glove on it," Robertson said. "Once I realized I threw the wrong pitch, it was really bad."
"It was a bad time for it, too, with the tying run on third," Flowers said.
All of this humor certainly takes on a different tenor if not for the White Sox finally taking advantage in the 14th.
"Solid outing by me there," Robertson said.
"This wouldn't be happening if we didn't win," said Flowers of their comedic routine.