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Woe Canada

August 1st, 2017 vs Toronto Blue Jays

Sox Office Smash Hit:
Timmy got a bit testy tonight.

Short Take:  Josh Donaldson and the Blue Jays knock Mike Pelfrey around for 6 earned runs, even up the series at 1-1.

After a dramatic comeback against the Blue Jays last night overcoming a six run deficit, the Sox looked to take the series in game 2 against Jays ace Marcus Stroman. However, Mike Pelfrey wasn't bailed out by the Sox offense this time as four runs wasn't enough to overcome the damage done by the Jays offense in game 2. Sadly, there would be no late inning heroics.  

Sox killer and former MVP Josh Donaldson set the ominous tone for the Jays against Mike Pelfrey with a line drive HR to CF in the 1st inning making it 1-0. Donaldson would extend the lead in the 3rd to 2-0 on Pelfrey with a sac fly scoring Darwin Barney. The Sox would finally answer back on Marcus Stroman in the bottom of the 4th. The recently called up Nicky Delmonico reached on a fielder's choice and Saladino followed that with a sharp single up the middle. Omar Narvaez then ripped a sinker that didn't sink into the RF corner on a deep drive that cleared the bases and tied the game at 2-2. 

As is often the case with the rebuilding White Sox, the pitching is rarely good enough to hold the opposition after the team scores. The 5th inning is usually the expiration date for Mike Pelfrey and tonight was no different. "Big Pelf" walked Donaldson and that was quickly followed by a 2 run HR from Blue Jays all star Justin Smoak. The ball just cleared the fence in RF making it 4-2. Renteria was no doubt desperately trying to get length from any starting pitcher, and he pushed Pelfrey to the mound again in the top of the 6th for more punishment. Pelf swiftly got into trouble and Gregory Infante was summoned to try to put the flames out. It did not go well. A two RBI single from Russell Martin and an RBI double from Josh Donaldson (boy does he love Sox pitching) would expand the Jays lead to 7-2. Two of those runs were charged to Pelfrey. After the mid-season trades, the Sox unfortunately have a bullpen full of "last guy in the pen" types. Kevan Smith drew the Sox closer with a 2 run dinger. He was pinch hitting for Matt Davidson who had to leave the game after getting plunked in the arm.

Things got a bit testy in the 7th between Tim Anderson and Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman. A stare down between the two after the Anderson struck out escalated into the two guys jawing at each other. This lead to the benches clearing but no punches were thrown and everyone seemed very confused as to what this was all about. The umps didn't even eject anyone. Honestly, it looked to me as if Anderson might have been taking out some frustration. The Sox would draw no closer in this game as the Jays nailed down the game with a final of 8-4.

I hope that when the Sox get good again, we can all look back and say: "Remember, when Mike Pelfrey was a regular part of our rotation in that first rebuilding year? Boy, I'm glad that's over!" For now, "Big Pelf" is serving a purpose occupying space on the mound. Hopefully, it isn't for much longer as Reynaldo Lopez seems to be forcing his way to the big leagues. The Sox look to take the rubber match tomorrow afternoon as J.A. Happ takes on Derek Holland.

Game Notes-

-Prior to the game, the Sox put Willy Garcia on the 7 day concussion list and recalled Nicky Delmonico from AAA Charlotte.

-Nicky Delmonico went 1 for 4 with 1 run scored. The one hit was the first of his career.

-Mike Pelfrey's line was 5.2 IP, 7H, 6ER, 3BB, 2Ks

-Yoan Moncada did not play. He is listed as day to day but did not get placed on the DL

-Matt Davidson left the game in the 6th after getting plunked earlier in the game. He has a bruised wrist and is also day to day.

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