When Todd Frazier homered late Monday, he not only established a new career high but also helped the White Sox achieve a feat previously accomplished 19 times in baseball history.
The 398-foot homer — Frazier’s 36th of the season — gave the White Sox a run in every inning in which they batted. An 11-4 winner over the Cleveland Indians at U.S. Cellular Field, it was the second time in club history the White Sox have scored in every inning. The team also accomplished the feat on May 11, 1949 versus Boston.
“I didn’t know we scored in every inning, to be honest with you,” Frazier said. “That’s pretty cool. Only 20 times? Wow, that’s pretty cool. I don’t know what else to say. It’s neat. It’s different. Twenty times? You would think there would be a lot more than that, but we are in the record books again. That’s nice.”
There would seem to be some irony attached given how much the White Sox have struggled at times to score this season. They were shut out for the 11th time this season on Sunday and entered Monday ranked 13th among 15 American League teams in run scored.
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But the White Sox had no problem scoring against Carlos Carrasco and Co. on Monday.
Jose Abreu had an RBI groundout in the first and Omar Narvaez had a sac fly in the second inning. Abreu doubled in Tim Anderson in the third and Avisail Garcia homered in the fourth and Anderson singled in a run.
Then things got weird in the fifth inning.
That’s when Abreu, standing on third base after Lonnie Chisenhall misplayed Frazier’s single, scored on a passed ball on a third strike to Narvaez with two outs.
Eaton homered in the sixth, Tyler Saladino and Eaton both had run-scoring hits in the seventh and Frazier belted a two-run homer in the eighth.
The White Sox didn’t bat in the ninth inning.
It took a complete effort by the lineup as the White Sox finished with 16 hits, including a career high four by Garcia. The team’s 6-9 hitters finished with nine hits and scored six runs.
“We swung the bats tonight,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “All the way through the lineup everybody seemed to be clicking. When you’re knocking in runs with two outs it’s always going to be a big key. All the way through, it was a nice night. They didn’t let up. It was early, it was often.”