In the end, Sunday's scheduled starter Philip Humber was warming up, ready to pitch the 15th inning if needed.
Yes, it was that kind of night for the Chicago White Sox.
Alexei Ramirez, finished what was one of the craziest games in White Sox history -- a 9-5, 14-inning, 4-hour 58-minute loss to the Washington Nationals after three dramatic comebacks.
By the time John Danks takes the mound Saturday, the Sox could have a fresh face from Triple-A Charlotte after going through their entire bullpen Friday night/Saturday morning.
“Some guys were over-used a little bit. There’s nothing we can do about it,” manager Ozzie Guillen said of using Jesse Crain and loser Matt Thornton (0-4) for two innings each.
With the loss, the Sox missed a chance to gain ground on Central Division leaders Cleveland and Detroit. They remain 4 1/2 games out of first place.
“To me, it was very hard to describe this game,” Guillen said. “I don’t know whether we played very good or not that good. We fought all way through.”
The Sox made three dramatic game-tying comebacks to send the game late into the night.
They scored three runs in the ninth inning on Mark Teahen's pinch-hit home run, another in the 10th on a wild pitch and one more in the 12th on A.J. Pierzynski's solo homer.
Few of the original 23,856 at U.S. Cellular Field were around for the real fireworks show, which started after midnight.
The Sox left 13 runners on base, including one in the last inning. The Nationals stranded 16.
Seven White Sox pitchers, including starter Edwin Jackson with seven shutout innings, threw a total of 246 pitches. Eight Nationals pitchers combined for 218 pitches.
The Nationals stole four bases, making it 20 straight thefts against White Sox catchers.
Juan Pierre went 0-for-6 to see his average drop five points to .248. And Adam Dunn had his first multi-hit game since May 14, although it took him seven at-bats to do it.
Washington’s Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth were both 1-for-7.
And this was all for the debut for Washington manager John McLaren, who was named to an interim post after Jim Riggleman resigned. McLaren was ejected for arguing in the eighth inning.
Sox could use some relief after wild loss
Mark Teahen can't handle the throw. (Brian Cassella / Tribune)