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Sox grab walk-off win when throw hits Grandal in helmet

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Baseball's been around for a century and a half. Most fans have been watching their entire lives.

And the game still manages to deliver something you've never seen before.

Heck, not even Tony La Russa had seen this before.

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The White Sox offense isn't exactly firing on all cylinders at the moment, so it's somewhat fitting that the South Siders grabbed a walk-off win in the wackiest of fashions Monday night, the game-winning run scoring when a throw to second base hit Yasmani Grandal in the helmet.

After Yermín Mercedes reached on an infield single with one out, Grandal walked to put the winning run — represented by pinch-runner Nick Madrigal — 180 feet away at second base. Nick Williams followed with a ground ball to Cleveland Indians first baseman Yu Chang, who fired to second in an attempt to start an inning-ending double play. But the throw went off Grandal's helmet, ricocheted into left field and allowed Madrigal to score the walk-off run with ease, giving the White Sox a 4-3 victory.

It was an all-around win for the White Sox on Monday night.

While the offense missed a golden opportunity, unable to break a 3-all tie on a bases-loaded, nobody-out situation, the team got some sensational pitching performances, particularly out of the bullpen. Dallas Keuchel delivered five innings after being subbed in when Carlos Rodón was a late scratch. Evan Marshall, Aaron Bummer and Codi Heuer followed with four scoreless innings of relief. Marshall allowed just one inherited runner to score when Keuchel left with the bases loaded and nobody out. Heuer allowed just one man to reach in his 2.1 innings of work.

 

The win pushed the White Sox to .500, at 5-5 through their first 10 games of the regular season. No matter how many the South Siders end up with this season, this will be a memorable one for the ridiculous way it ended.

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