After a promising start from Marco Estrada the Blue Jays’ bullpen collapses and gives up a five-run lead.
Chi White Sox
|Chi White Sox||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||4||2||7||10||0|
W: C. Beck 2-1
L: R. Osuna 3-2
4-7 | 7.0 IP | 1 (1) | 4 H | 1 BB | 5 K |
101 PC, B: 29, S: 72 | 5.19 ERA
Despite pitching against a team that had just five wins in the month of July, Estrada was dominant with the pressure of the trade deadline behind him. While it’s true he can still move via waivers, it was nice to see the change-up specialist handle the White Sox hitters with ease. He last a full seven innings, giving up just one run on four hits while striking out five. He was locating his fastball well and deceiving some of Chicago’s young hitters with his still-lethal changeup. It was a major confidence boost for the righty despite the tough season he’s been having.
If you hit three home runs in a game you usually win. Unfortunately for the Jays their three bombs were solo shots and the next three runs they added came on a freak play early in the ballgame when two White Sox fielders collided resulting in a dropped ball and 3 RBI triples from Darwin Barney. The Karma Police exist it seems, as the White Sox rallied to beat the Jays in the 9th Still, a promising day at the plate for Donaldson and Morales while Jose Bautista continues to struggle mightily. He finished 0-5 again and couldn’t get to a ball in the outfield that would have seriously helped in the 9th. Toronto’s inability to trade him at the deadline looms even larger as his weaknesses were on full display tonight.
|J. Biagini (3-8)||0.1||3||3||2||1||0||17 (9-8)||5.13|
|R. Tepera (5-1)||0.2||1||1||1||0||0||10 (0-10)||3.57|
|R. Osuna (L, 3-2)||0.2||2||2||3||0||1||20 (7-13)||2.86|
What’s lower than an F? The Jays’ Bullpen on Monday night. 6 Earned runs over 1.2 innings pitches with a walk and just one strikeout. Roberto Osuna blew his second straight save, but he wouldn’t have even been in the position to do so if it weren’t for Biagini and Tepera giving up home runs. Now that Toronto has traded Joe Smith as well, the bullpen is set for a lot of work down the stretch. If this is any indication of how it’s going to pan out it’s time to prepare for the worst.