Thursday, June 10, 2021

Game #60 Toronto Blue Jays (31-29) @ Chicago White Sox (38-24) - game recap


Joe Panik had a pair of hits and scored a run in a 5-2 loss to the White Sox

After splitting the first two games on late inning rallies, the White Sox and Blue Jays wrapped up their three game set. Hyun-Jin Ryu face his first start without personal catcher Danny Jansen, who is on the 10-day IL with a hamstring strain. Riley Adams got the start behind the plate. Bo Bichette got the half day off, serving as the DH with Joe Panik at 2B and Santiago Espinal at the hot corner. Could the Blue Jays make it two in a row? Here is tonight's game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The White Sox opened the scoring in the bottom of the 1st as Jose Abreu doubled scoring Yermin Mercedes
  • A batter later, Yasmani Grandal smack a 2-run blast to right; also scoring Abreu
  • The Blue Jays got one back in the top of the 5th as Marcus Semien singled scoring Joe Panik
  • The Blue Jays got one back in the top of the 6th as Lourdes Gurriel Jr. singled home Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
  • Dallas Keuchel pitching line: 6IP 6H 2R (both earned) 2BB 8K 104 pitches (65 for strikes)
  • Hyun-Jin Ryu pitching line: 6IP 5H 3R (all earned) 1BB 3K 95 pitches (57 for strikes)
  • The White Sox added a run in the bottom of the 7th as Adam Eaton hammered a solo bomb to dead center 
  • The White Sox added a run in the bottom of the 8th as Abreu doubled home Tim Anderson
  • Liam Hendricks pitched a scoreless 9th for his 16th save of the season
  • Final score: White Sox 5 Blue Jays 2

My Take:

  • Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched 6 effective innings, giving up three runs on 5 hits while walking 1 and striking out 3. With his personal catcher Danny Jansen on the IL with a hamstring strain and unavailable, it fell to rookie Riley Adams to catch the veteran ace. Ryu endured a rough 1st inning, allowing 3 runs on 3 hits, capped off by a 2-run HR that barely cleared the wall in right. Ryu settled down after the HR, retiring the next seven batters, before giving up a leadoff walk in the 4th. He also retired the final seven batters he faced.
  • Much like the first 2 games of the series, late runs were a factor. The Blue Jays needed the bullpen to hold the White Sox at three runs. Instead, Anthony Castro was taken yard by Adam Eaton in the 7th and Joel Payamps gave up an RBI double in the 8th
  • On the offensive side of the ball, Dallas Keuchel cruised through the 1st 4 innings, before the Blue Jays were able to rally courtesy of a couple of infield singles and a base knock up the middle by Marcus Semien. The Blue Jays also manufactured a run in the 6th. Unfortunately, the White Sox bullpen held the Blue Jays to 2 hits over the final three innings and struck out 3
  • Joe Panik and Santiago Espinal both had multi-hit days 
  • The Blue Jays were 2-4 with runners in scoring position
  • Up next, the Blue Jays head to Boston for a 4-game series. Boston has won 3 of the first 5 meetings this season with the Blue Jays outscoring the Red Sox 26-22. Ross Stripling gets the start against Red Sox righty Garrett Richards