There were three types of people who enjoyed all nine innings of Tuesday night's game between the Texas Rangers and Chicago White Sox: Rangers fans, masochists and those among us who enjoy a good novelty act.
With the White Sox pitching staff unable to get through an inning without their offerings being belted into oblivion, Chicago manager Robin Ventura turned to his designated hitter in the ninth inning. Adam Dunn came in and recorded three outs, including the ground ball that Elvis Andrus demurely slugged to second base in the video embedded above.
The rest of Dunn's inning unfortunately went about as expected. Jim Adduci produced a single, Adrian Beltre reached base on a walk and Adam Rosales drove Adduci in with another base knock. Dunn's final line saw him allow one run on two hits, throwing 12 of his 22 pitches for a strike.
Beltre talked about what it was like facing a 6'6", 285-pound slugger from the batter's perspective, per Scott Merkin of MLB.com:
Beltre on Dunn pitching: "If he hit somebody, we can’t charge the mound because he’s too big."— Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) August 6, 2014
While it's unlikely that Ventura will ask Dunn to remove himself from the middle of the order and join the rotation, the 34-year-old can take solace in one fact: He was far from the worst pitcher the White Sox threw out there Tuesday night. Starter John Danks gave up nine earned runs in 4.2 innings, while Andre Rienzo came in and promptly gave up four runs in his lone inning of relief.
Given his predilection for strikeouts at the plate, it's only a little disappointing that Dunn didn't record one of his own. Either way, hitters as pitchers over everything.
Chicago lost 16-0.
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