A night of weird baseball resulted in a two-man interview early Tuesday morning as White Sox closer David Robertson and catcher Tyler Flowers attempted a tongue-in-cheek explanation of their roles in a four-run ninth inning rally by the Oakland A’s. The White Sox won 8-7 in 14 innings, but not before the two combined for a wild pitch on a strikeout, a passed ball, a bases-loaded walk and a catcher’s interference. Here’s a transcript of what they said:
Flowers: We managed to make a debacle of the ninth inning.
Robertson: Yeah, I would agree.
Flowers: Mainly we have to point out.
Robertson: Klay Thompson’s brother should have caught the ball.
Flowers: It starts right there.
Robertson: That’s where it started. I almost killed Flow crossing him up.
Flowers: I touched it though so it was ok.
Robertson: You did get a glove on it. Once I realized I threw the wrong pitch, it was really bad.
Flowers: It was a bad time for it too with the tying run on third. Other than that, if I could have blocked the ball, it would have been better.
Robertson: Well, yeah. But I almost killed you or the umpire.
Flowers: That would have been ok. It was Joe (West) back there.
Robertson: I threw that one hard though. It looked even harde rwhen it skimmed off your glove and went into the screen.
Flowers: The guy told me at the backstop, he was yelling at me. Not too many people left at that point.
Flowers: I was just protecting (Robertson on the catcher’s interference). It was an OK spot but I felt like Reddick was looking there.
Robertson: He was being a good teammate. He had that feeling.
Flowers: If I didn’t slow him down, he was going to hit it. Because I got the glove in the way, it looked like a double play ball. We really just wanted to get the next guy.
Robertson: Yeah, going for the next guy.
Flowers: This wouldn’t be happening if we didn’t win.
Robertson: Solid outing by me there.
Flowers: On a serious note, Johnny (Danks) threw great out there. Solo homers, that’s OK. He threw the ball really well all day. That’s the one serious response you get today.