Tony La Russa of the White Sox makes the bewildering decision to intentionally walk the hitter with 2 strikes

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Chicago White Sox executives Tony La Russa defended his decision to intentionally take out Los Angeles Dodgers hitter Trea Turner with a 1-2 tally in the sixth inning during Thursday’s game.

Turner scored two strikes on him in the sixth inning when La Russa inexplicably decided to ask for an intentional walk while left-handed pitcher Bennett Sousa was pitching. La Russa, a Hall of Fame, apparently wanted a left-handed match with Sousa facing Max Muncy.

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Chicago White Sox manager Tony la Russa (22) smiles before a game against the Boston Red Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field.
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The White Sox broadcast caught a fan yelling, “He’s got two strikes, Tony!”

Muncy would respond to the challenge with a three-point home run like the The Dodgers defeated the White Sox 11-9.

La Russa told reporters that he was playing the percentages.

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Max Muncy of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates his three-run home run off Chicago White Sox rescue pitcher Bennett Sousa during the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 9, 2022 in Chicago.

Max Muncy of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates his three-run home run off Chicago White Sox rescue pitcher Bennett Sousa during the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 9, 2022 in Chicago.
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“Is there any question as to whether it was a good move or not?” He said. “Do you know what he hits (Turner) against a left handed pitcher with 0-1 or two strikes? Do you know what Muncy hits with two strikes against a left handed pitcher? Is that really a question? We had an open base and Muncy was the guy behind him and this It’s a better match. It wasn’t a difficult decision. “

Turner was hitting .286 with an .831 OPS and two home runs and 12 RBI against lefties. With a tally of 1-2, he was hitting .256 and hitting 17 times.

Muncy was hitting .125 with a .450 OPS and three RBI against lefties before home runs.

Los Angeles Dodgers' Trea Turner morphs into an RBI single off the Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Cease during the fifth inning of a baseball game on Thursday, June 9, 2022 in Chicago.

Los Angeles Dodgers’ Trea Turner morphs into an RBI single off the Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Cease during the fifth inning of a baseball game on Thursday, June 9, 2022 in Chicago.
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Turner wasn’t sure what was going on. A wild pitch during his serve allowed Freddie Freeman to move to second base, leaving Turner open to take the intended walk first.

“I was just confused,” Turner said. “I didn’t know if I should go first or not, but I guess they liked the matchup.”

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Los Angeles moved up to 37-20 with the victory. Chicago well at 26-29.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.