Chi White Sox
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W: J. Happ 2-4
L: A. Swarzak 3-2
W, 2-4 | 6.2 IP | 3 (3) | 8 H | 0 BB | 9 K |
98 PC, B: 23, S: 75 | 4.26 ERA
Some fathers are gifted bottles of wine or new golf clubs on the third Sunday of June; James Anthony Happ was given the challenge of facing a hot White Sox lineup, looking to sweep the Toronto Blue Jays on their home turf. Happ proved to be up to the task. In a display of spectacular fastball command Jays fans have come to expect from Happ, he was able to limit the boys from the south side of Chicago to three runs on 8 hits in his 6.2 innings of work, leaving in line for the win. Don’t expect the lanky lefty to be lighting up the radar gun, or buckling batter’s knees with vicious curveballs; he prefers to go about his duties with a careful balance of deception and location. Today’s outing was yet another reminder of how dominant he can be, finishing as one of the league’s only 20-game winners last season.
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Father’s Day weekend brought exactly the opposite of what the doctor ordered for the Blue Jays bats. Toronto struggled to produce offensively in the first two games their three game set with the White Sox. With hopes of avoiding a sweep, a crucial 6th inning rally beginning with a two-run homer off the bat of Russell Martin jolted Toronto into a lead. Despite squandering many opportunities with runners in scoring position, the Jays did just enough to stave off what would have been a crushing sweep. Ryan Goins is credited with the game-winning RBI on his clutch triple that brought Steve Pearce across the home plate. After taking the lead, the Jays bats would look much livelier. Kendrys Morales would expand the Jays’ lead with a long two-run blast in the 7th, and Toronto never looked back. Every Jays player with a plate appearance would finish with at least one hit on this father’s day.
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Danny Barnes was able to keep his only inherited runner from advancing, closing the book on J.A. Happ’s night on only his second pitch, forcing a flyout to shallow centre field. He then returned for the 8th inning after a long break in the top half of the inning. His 8th inning began and ended with strikeouts, with a troubling flyout, issued walk, forgotten count, and stolen base all sandwiched in between. Roberto Osuna is back to being one of the most dangerous closers in baseball. His combination of velocity and movement is what saw him climb into the elite tier of closing arms a year ago, and what allowed him to quickly finish off the White Sox on this day.
1-5 | 0 BB | 0 R | 0 2B | 0 3B | 0 HR | 0 K | 0 SB | AVG: .256, OBP: .311, Slug: .415
Kevin Pillar finished 1-5 with an RBI. No, he is not a .300 hitter. Yes, he is still having the best year of his career, and should remain in the leadoff spot for Toronto. His improved plate discipline with his given speed makes Pillar a no-brainer leadoff option who will keep pitchers honest ahead of some heavy artillery behind him in the lineup.
1-5 | 0 BB | 1 R | 0 2B | 0 3B | 0 HR | 1 K | 0 SB | AVG: .224, OBP: .337, Slug: .400
Jose Bautista was able to avoid another unproductive day at the plate with a single in the seventh inning off of Anthony Swarzak which he would almost immediately come in to score on. Despite the hit, it is obvious to Jays fans that Joey Bats is passing through a rough stretch. Bautista has successfully climbed out of a long slump already this season; don’t be surprised to see him do it once again.
2-5 | 0 BB | 1 R | 1 2B | 0 3B | 1 HR | 1 K | 0 SB | AVG: .257, OBP: .307, Slug: .490
Kendrys Morales’ blast in the 7th put the White Sox to bed in this game. It was the second extra-base hit of the game for the switch hitting DH. His 15th home run matches the number hit by the man he was brought in to replace, Edwin Encarnacion.
1-2 | 2 BB | 1 R | 0 2B | 0 3B | 1 HR | 1 K | 0 SB | AVG: .225, OBP: .367, Slug: .406
Russell Martin’s two-run shot helped the Jays climb back into the final game of the set. Though Martin has disappointed at the dish for the most part this season, he is actually batting above .300 at Rogers Centre. He owns one of the most drastic home/road splits at the plate of all hitters in the majors. More consistent production would be welcomed, but few Jays fans could complain with his performance today.
3-4 | 0 BB | 2 R | 1 2B | 0 3B | 0 HR | 0 K | 0 SB | AVG: .236, OBP: .289, Slug: .438
Of all the batters to record hits for Toronto on this afternoon’s game, Steve Pearce was the only one to record three hits. He finished 3-5 with a double, an RBI, and two runs scored. Performances like today’s are what Mark Shapiro envisioned when he committed to Steve Pearce this offseason.