Quick Reaction

Quick Reaction: Chicago White Sox 5, Toronto Blue Jays 2

Anthony Gruppus - USA TODAY Sports

Chi White Sox

5

Toronto

2

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

It was a bit of a circus this afternoon. The Jays committed too many errors, and did too little against a weak starter. Despite all of that, the Jays are only 2.5 games out of a playoff spot, with only 95 games left to play. Don’t panic.

The Starter

B-

M. Stroman

7-2 | 7.0 IP | 3 (3) | 6 H | 1 BB | 5 K |
90 PC, B: 28, S: 62 | 3.15 ERA

Marcus Stroman pitched well this afternoon. He was certainly better than his numbers suggest. Stroman’s final line reads 7.0 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 5 K, 1 BB. The White Sox didn’t have much of an answer for him for much of the game. Unfortunately, Stroman served up three bad pitches, and the Sox knocked all three out of the park for solo shots. Apart from that, Stroman picked up eight groundouts, five strikeouts, and generally kept things under control. He also displayed some strong defence, as he turned a double play and covered 1st base on a couple of occasions (I wouldn’t mind if he won a Gold Glove this year). Obviously the three home runs count against him, but it’s still tough to be too critical of this outing. He has been the most consistent starter for the Jays by a considerable margin this season.

The Hitting

F
Player H-AB R RBI BB SO 2B-3B-HR SB AVG OBP Slug
K. Pillar 1-4 0 0 0 1 0-0-0 0 .257 .313 .419
J. Donaldson 0-4 0 0 0 2 0-0-0 0 .305 .411 .621
J. Bautista 0-4 0 0 0 1 0-0-0 0 .225 .339 .404
K. Morales 1-4 1 0 0 2 0-0-0 0 .254 .305 .475
J. Smoak 1-4 1 0 0 3 0-0-0 0 .291 .350 .587
T. Tulowitzki 1-2 0 0 1 0 0-0-0 0 .233 .295 .333
D. Smith Jr. 1-3 0 1 0 0 0-0-0 0 .500 .538 .583
R. Goins 1-3 0 1 0 0 1-0-0 0 .209 .267 .331
L. Maile 0-2 0 0 0 0 0-0-0 0 .127 .167 .203
R. Martin 0-1 0 0 0 0 0-0-0 0 .221 .358 .382

The offence was all but silenced by Mike Pelfrey(!) throughout the afternoon. They were only able to get a few hits off of him. The lone run came courtesy of a Ryan Goins RBI double. That hit would have scored a pair, had the ball not hopped over the wall.

The Jays finally looked threatening once the Sox turned to their bullpen. After Kendrys Morales grounded out to start the 7th, Justin Smoak hit a single, and Troy Tulowitzki took a walk. Dwight Smith Jr. then came through with a single to pick up his first career RBI. Goins then had a chance to be the hero, but he grounded into an inning-ending double play. As promising as that inning was, the Jays didn’t do anything more from there on out. It was another bad day for the bats.

The Bullpen

D
Player IP R ER H BB SO PC (B-S) ERA
R. Tepera (4-1) 1.0 1 0 1 1 1 22 (11-11) 2.70
A. Loup (2-0) 1.0 1 1 1 0 0 10 (0-10) 2.88

Ryan Tepera was the first reliever into the game. Alex Hanson led off with a single, Melky Cabrera then bunted Hanson over to 2nd. Jose Abreu followed with a deep flyout to move Hanson to 3rd, on a play in which Smith nearly ran through Kevin Pillar. That was shades of Ezequiel Carrera. After Tepera fell behind 2-1 to Avisail Garcia, John Gibbons decided to issue an intentional walk. That would have worked, had Josh Donaldson been able to handle a groundball from Todd Frazier. Instead, Donaldson committed his second error of the afternoon, and the Sox scored an insurance run. Tepera bounced back from that, as he struck out Matt Davidson to end the inning.

Aaron Loup came in to finish things off in the 9th. He gave up a first-pitch double to Tim Anderson. Omar Narvaez followed by bunting Anderson over to 3rd. Loup then caused himself some trouble. Yolmer Sanchez put down the suicide squeeze. The runner scored easily, and Loup threw the ball away at 1st, to let Sanchez end up at 2nd. Hanson and Cabrera grounded out to end the inning.

Please don’t get swept by the White Sox.

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