Yermin Mercedes’ homer in a blowout had Tony La Russa ripping his own players

The Chicago White Sox were leading the Minnesota Twins by 11 runs in the ninth inning on Monday when Yermin Mercedes stepped to the plate. The Twins had essentially given up on the game by putting a position player, nominal utility man Willians Astudillo, on the mound to pitch as a way to save the bullpen. Astudillo had gotten the first two outs of the inning, but opened the at-bat against Mercedes with three straight balls.

Sitting on a 3-0 count, Astudillo lofted a 47 mile-per-hour pitch over the heart of the plate. Mercedes responded by blasting it deep out of the park for a solo home run that

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