Last night, the White Sox made the worst defensive play of the year to tie up the game and the Mets still lost.
In the top of the ninth inning, with two outs and and a 4-3 White Sox Lead, Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy pops up to the infield. White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham runs across the diamond and inexplicably superman dives into third baseman Conor Gillaspie who had an easy catch. Mets runner scores from third.
First of all, anytime you’re in an all-out sprint for an infield popup, one of your five teammates in the infield has to have a better play on the ball. Gordon Beckham was definitely the kid in little league that played center field, and would call off his teammates for every pop fly. This is justifiable behavior when your teammates are future janitors and construction workers, but not when you’re playing in the big leagues.
The White Sox recovered to take the win on an Alexei Ramirez single to left field in the bottom of the ninth. The Mets wouldn’t have felt right taking advantage of a team like that. What a classy organization.