Crazy eights: Sox erupt in wild eighth inning

Crazy eights: Sox erupt in wild eighth inning

CHICAGO -- The most solid of contact made by the White Sox during an eight-run eighth inning in a 9-3 victory over the Padres Sunday was Todd Frazier's towering bid for a grand slam resulting in the frame's final out.

That rally off of San Diego relievers Ryan Buchter, Brandon Maurer and Craig Stammen including five walks, one hit batsman and four hits, with Leury Garcia's double being the only hit that went for extra bases. The 17-18 South Siders clearly took advantage of what was given them.

"We gave one away today," Padres manager Andy Green said. "It was a painful loss."

"Eight-run eighth, that doesn't happen too often in the game of baseball," Frazier said. "Guys battling. A walk here, a couple knocks here, and away we go. Everybody just battling their butt off, taking really good at-bats and waiting for their pitch. It was a lot of fun."

Frazier's BB brings home run

Buchter assisted the comeback for the White Sox by issuing one-out walks to Yolmer Sanchez and Jose Abreu. Avisail Garcia reached on shortstop Luis Sardinas' fielding error, and Frazier walked to force home a run. Melky Cabrera delivered a pinch-hit single in place of Matt Davidson, off of Maurer, to give the White Sox a 4-3 advantage.

Cabrera's two-run single

Tyler Saladino followed with a popped up bunt caught by first baseman Will Myers for the second out. But when Myers turned his back on the play, Frazier moved back to third, tagged up and showed a little risk taking by racing home for the fifth run. 

"I'm just curious if it's a sac fly or not," Frazier said. "Me and Sally were trying to talk. Hopefully it is. Just one of those things. You just read what's going on, and you take a chance."

Frazier on eight-run rally

Fourteen hitters in total came to the plate for the White Sox, who picked up their seventh come-from-behind victory and improved to 2-17 when trailing after seven innings. The '17 Padres won't exactly be confused with the '27 Yankees, but the miscues coming with a youthful rebuild engaged in by San Diego shouldn't take away from the White Sox fight shown Sunday.

Jose Quintana finished with his 60th no-decision since '12, ranking No. 1 in the Majors in this dubious category. He has received two runs or less of support in six of his eight starts this season, but even if the offense didn't score for him, it scored big for the team.

Quintana's first K of the game

"Really good comeback and we take the series. That's the most important thing here," Quintana said. "I tried to throw the ball well and get some quick outs. I'm a little frustrated because I didn't [pitch well enough to] get the win, but the most important thing here is the team won."

"You've got to think that way. That's what we've got to do," said Frazier of erasing the 3-1 deficit. "And then I came up with a walk, pushed it a little bit, put a little more pressure on him. Then we opened the floodgates with the two-RBI single from Melky. It was a great inning."

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.