The Chicago White Sox resorted to desperation while trailing the Boston Red Sox in a blowout on Monday.

White Sox starter Lucas Giolito got pounded and allowed eight hits, two walks and eight runs over 1-plus innings. That put the White Sox in a big hole early in the game, and matters only got worse. The Red Sox added runs in the third and fourth to take a 10-2 lead.

By the time the seventh inning rolled around, Tony La Russa decided he’d had enough. He put in Yermin Mercedes to pitch.

Keep in mind that Mercedes is the team’s DH. He had not played an inning in the field prior to Monday.