Quick Reaction

Quick Reaction: Chicago White Sox 11, Toronto Blue Jays 4

The Blue Jays dropped yet another chance to make it to .500, losing big time to the White Sox.

Chi White Sox

11

Toronto

4

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chi White Sox 4 3 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 11 14 1
Toronto 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 8 1

W: J. Quintana 3-8
L: J. Biagini 1-6

The Starter

F

J. Biagini

L, 1-6 | 1.0 IP | 7 (6) | 8 H | 1 BB | 0 K |
33 PC, B: 16, S: 17 | 4.26 ERA

To lead off the game for Chicago, Alen Hanson hustled down the line for an infield single. The speedy Hanson not only stole second base, but was a big distraction for Biagini. Joe walked the next batter, Melky Cabrera, on four pitches. He was really struggling out of the gate to throw any strikes. When he finally did throw a strike, Jose Abreu took it deep to right field for a bases-clearing triple. Bautista had a shot to catch the ball, but instead it ricocheted off the wall, allowing Abreu to reach third base. A sacrifice fly cashed in Abreu for the third White Sox run in the 1st. Next, Matt Davidson hit a double to left field. Davidson would come in to score when Biagini threw the ball over Smoak’s head at first base fielding a ground ball. To say it was an ugly first frame for Biagini would be putting it lightly. His control was awful and he never looked comfortable after the first batter reached base. The White Sox had a huge early advantage, leading 4-0 after the 1st.

There was a replay of Joe Biagini’s pre-game warm up throws and he looked very out of sorts. He was having trouble with his speed and his control. There is a possibility that some kind of injury or soreness was bothering him.

The trouble continued for Biagini in the 2nd. The White Sox led off with back-to-back singles and then Cabrera scored both of them on a double to right-centre. The Blue Jays manager decided to let him keep pitching. Jose Abreu next hit a double to cash in another run. That would be it for Biagini, after allowing 7 runs and only recording three outs.

Joe Biagini was definitely not himself tonight. It was torturous to watch him allow hit after hit, all the while not being able to throw a strike for his life. John Gibbons really sat on his ass too long this time, as he is prone to do. I understand the argument that the bullpen needs a break, but basically forfeiting the game for the sake of holding out on the bullpen is a delicate balancing act.

The Hitting

C+
Player H-AB R RBI BB SO 2B-3B-HR SB AVG OBP Slug
K. Pillar 1-4 0 0 0 1 1-0-0 0 .257 .313 .421
J. Donaldson 1-2 0 0 1 0 0-0-0 0 .319 .426 .648
R. Goins 0-1 0 0 0 1 0-0-0 0 .207 .266 .324
J. Bautista 0-3 0 0 0 1 0-0-0 0 .229 .344 .411
D. Smith Jr. 1-1 1 0 0 0 0-0-0 0 .556 .600 .667
K. Morales 1-4 1 1 0 1 0-0-1 0 .254 .306 .479
J. Smoak 1-4 1 2 0 2 0-0-1 0 .292 .351 .594
T. Tulowitzki 1-3 0 0 1 0 0-0-0 0 .229 .287 .331
R. Martin 0-3 0 0 0 0 0-0-0 0 .222 .360 .385
L. Maile 0-1 0 0 0 0 0-0-0 0 .130 .171 .208
S. Pearce 1-2 1 1 1 0 0-0-1 0 .212 .269 .412
D. Barney 1-3 0 0 0 0 0-0-0 0 .221 .258 .279

Leading off the second inning, Kendrys Morales took Jose Quintana’s fastball deep to centre field for a solo shot. Surely the home run would lift some spirits on the bench, but the Blue Jays had an uphill climb trailing 7-1. It was the second straight game with a homer for Morales, who is seeing the ball well. Mirroring the 2nd inning, leadoff hitter Steve Pearce hit a solo home run in the 3rd. It was a line drive that just cleared the wall in left field.

Quintana was settling in nicely by the 4th inning, striking out the side of Bautista, Morales and Smoak. With two outs in the 5th, Steve Pearce reached second base on a ground ball error. He tripped over the bag at first, but appeared to be ok. That would not have been good if he got hurt on his first game back from a calf injury. Darwin Barney hit a single but Pearce was thrown out at home plate. Being down 11-2, you can’t fault Pearce for being aggressive.

In the 9th, Toronto had a “too little, too late” rally going. Dwight Smith singled and then Justin Smoak hit a home run to the opposite field in left-centre. Then, Troy Tulowitzki singled, signalling a pitching change for Chicago with two outs in the 9th. Luke Maile battled valiantly against reliever Gregory Infante in a 10-pitch at bat, but grounded out to end the game.

It would have been quite the feat to come back from the deficit that the Toronto pitching had built. The hitters didn’t seem too deflated by being behind, however. They showed a lot of patience, drawing walks, hitting singles and not always swinging for the fences. Many of their efforts were erased by double plays. The Blue Jays hit into four of them on the night.

The Bullpen

B-
Player IP R ER H BB SO PC (B-S) ERA
D. Leone (1-0) 3.0 1 1 2 1 4 44 (18-26) 3.52
J. Beliveau (0-0) 1.0 3 3 2 1 2 28 (10-18) 9.00
J. Grilli (2-4) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 13 (4-9) 7.32
A. Loup (2-0) 1.0 0 0 2 0 0 11 (4-7) 2.63
R. Tepera (4-1) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 9 (2-7) 2.78
D. Barnes (1-2) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 15 (4-11) 2.51

Dominic Leone was tasked with trying to get some outs in the 2nd inning. He walked his first batter, Avisail Garcia. Leone was pitching aggressively in the inning. Why not? He really had nothing to lose, and it paid off when he ended the inning by striking out two batters.

Leone allowed a leadoff double to Omar Narvaez in the 3rd inning. He would be plated on a single by Alen Hanson, who picked up his third hit of the night. Dominic found his way out of the inning, but Chicago had tacked on another run and led 8-1. Leone did better in the 4th, retiring the side in order.

In his fourth appearance with the Blue Jays, Jeff Beliveau replaced Leone to begin the 5th. He allowed a single and a walk before Melky Cabrera hit a liner that cleared the left-field fence for a three-run shot. Before the home run, Beliveau had struck out a couple of Chicago hitters.

Jason Grilli was on the mound for the 6th. He had an excellent inning, getting a couple of ground ball outs and striking out Davidson. He was pleased with his performance, giving a fist pump on his way back to the dugout. With the way he has pitched for most of the season, it was good to see him have a good inning.

The fifth pitcher of the game for Toronto was Aaron Loup. He gave up consecutive singles to Anderson and Narvaez. He got himself out of the jam with a double play and a grounder. A bit of a rough start for Loup, but he buckled down to close the inning.

Ryan Tepera had the 8th inning in tonight’s game. It was a quick one, in which Tepera took care of the White Sox batters in order.

For the final frame, Danny Barnes was on the hill for Toronto. He pitched a perfect inning while striking out two. The bullpen had a long day and almost everyone had a go at it. Other than the three-run home run given up by Beliveau, they did a good job with the White Sox hitters.

Notable Hitters

S. Pearce

1-2 | 1 BB | 1 R | 0 2B | 0 3B | 1 HR | 0 K | 0 SB | AVG: .212, OBP: .269, Slug: .412

It was a pretty impressive outing for Pearce coming off the DL. He hit a solo home run to left field in the 3rd inning. In the 5th, he got to second base on a ground ball error. A bit of a scary moment when he tripped on the bag at first base, but he was ok.
It was refreshing to finally see a good play in left field for the Blue Jays when Pearce made a great catch, robbing Davidson of a hit in the 9th.

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