Friday, May 10, 2019

Game #38 Chicago White Sox (16-21) @ Toronto Blue Jays (16-22) - game recap

Randal Grichuk whacked a three-run blast as the Blue Jays edged the White Sox 4-3

The Blue Jays started a three game series vs. the Chicago White Sox tonight. Right off the bat (pun intended) the Blue Jays received bad news as tonight's starter Clay Buchholz was unable to make his scheduled start due to a shoulder injury. The timing was unfortunate because yesterday, the Blue Jays optioned Thomas Pannone back to Buffalo. Daniel Hudson got the start. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was back in the lineup in the number 2 hole after sitting out the series finale vs. Minnesota Wednesday. Pannon was on his way back up with Buchholz headed to the IL. The Socrates Brto experiment has come to an end as he was DFA'd today. Jonathan Davis took his place on the roster and Javy Guerra rounded out the roster moves today. Could the Blue Jays snap the 5 game losing streak? Here is today's game recap.

Game Highlights:
  • The White Sox opened the scoring in the top of the 1st as Jose Abreu doubled home Yoan Moncada
  • The Blue Jays took the lead in the bottom half of the inning as Randal Grichuk cranked a three-run shot to dead center also scoring Justin Smoak and Rowdy Tellez
  • Daniel Hudson pitching line: 1IP 2H 1R (earned) 0BB 1K 13 pitches (10 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays added a run in the bottom of the 2nd as Teoscar Hernandez smacked a solo jack to right-center
  • The White Sox got one back in the top of the 5th as Tim Anderson annihilated a solo bomb to the second deck in right
  • Dylan Covey pitching line: 4.2IP 3H 4R (all earned) 5BB 3K 83 pitches (43 for strikes)
  • The White Sox got one back in the top of the 7th as Anderson scored on a ground out by Leury Garcia
  • Ken Giles pitched a perfect 9th for his 9th save of the season
  • Final score: Blue Jays 4 White Sox 3
My Take:
  • The Blue Jays pitchers did a pretty good job tonight under extenuating circumstances when Clay Buchholz went down with shoulder inflammation. The seven relievers gave up 3 runs on 6 hits and a pair of walks. The pitching staff also struck out nine batters. Hopefully Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez can have decently deep outings of 6 or more innings over the next 2 days because after Monday's off-day, the Blue Jays play 16 straight days before the next off-day May 30th.
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. continues to struggle adjusting to major league pitching. He was 0-4, but at least tonight he made contact in every AB
  • The Blue Jays did a really good job with plate discipline today, drawing seven walks and striking out just 6 times. Randal Grichuk and Teoscar Hernandez both took advantage of mistake pitches, sending them over the wall for home runs
  • Great to see the team get back in the win column. Hopefully the win builds team confidence
  • Up next, the Blue Jays try to make it two in a row as ace Marcus Stroman takes the ball to start. Ivan Nova gets the start for the White Sox. Brandon Drury, Freddy Glavis, Randal Grichuk, and Eric Sogard have all had decent success against the White Sox righty.