The Chicago White Sox couldn't avoid controversy with former teammate A.J. Pierzynski - even with two out and nobody on base in the bottom of the ninth inning of their 5-2 win over Texas. Pierzynski, whose eight seasons in Texas were marked by his all-out hustle that endured him to Sox fans as well as controversy, was visibly upset after getting hit by a pitch on the right shoulder from closer Addison Reed. Pierzynski flipped his bat before yelling a few choice words for Reed while trotting to first base. "I was mad," Piezynski said with his body wrapped tightly from the result of getting hit and recovering from a right oblique injury. "(Reed) threw it up and in and shoulder high. It's fine if you're going to pitch me in, but don't come up and in, shoulder high." As it turned out, Ian Kinsler followed with a single that brought Elvis Andrus to the plate representing the tying run, but Reed struck him out to preserve the win. Ventura said there was no way the Sox were trying to intentionally hit Pierzynski. "Listen, we're not trying to put anyone on," Ventura said. "With this lineup, you're not trying to send any messages or anything like that. We don't want anyone on base. In 30 seconds, they got the tying run to the plate. There was no message being sent." Reed said he was trying to pitch inside to Pierzynski and understood why Pierzynski would be upset. "I figure I wouldn't be too happy, either, if I got hit any time," said Reed, who hadn't hit a batter until the plucking of Pierzynski. "I don't think any hitter is happy to get hit at any point in the game. So obviously I know he's going to be frustrated, and it's part of the game."
Pierzynski in midst of spat vs. White Sox
Chicago Tribune | May 2