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'Pen Serves It Up for Toronto

April 3 at Toronto Blue Jays

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Go back to the start, and be sorry if you watched this game.

Short Take: Sox lineup churns out 5 runs, but Miguel Gonzalez and this Sorry! excuse for a bullpen gives up 14.

The White Sox baseball season is in full swing. Things could be better - if the winter weather’s grip in the Chicago area would ease up, and if the Sox were still looking at 162-0, we'd all be happier, yes? Alas, we’ll have to live with the prospect of 160-2, as the Sox lost tonight’s game to the Toronto Blue Jays, 14-5. Oh well…happy spring, anyway.

The dome was lively tonight; long homers abounded, but White Sox reliever’s ERAs ballooned. The Sox’s box score looked like a random byte generator: 010111010. Watching the Sox bullpen give it up late in the game, I found myself wondering what the box score would translate to in hexadecimal…but I digress.

Unfortunately, the Jays’ box score added up to 14, and that was way more than they needed to beat the Sox today.

The Sox jumped out to their only lead of the game in the 2nd inning. Of Jay’s starter J.A. Happ, Tim Anderson singled, Adam Engel walked, and Nicky Delmonico singled up the middle to score Anderson.

Sox starter Miguel Gonzalez had a pretty efficient first couple of innings. But in the 3rd, after leadoff double by Luke Maile, Gonzalez left a slider up in Aledmys Diaz’s sweet spot that was deposited in the left field seats, and the Jays led 2-1. When Tim Anderson muffed what should have been the 3rd out by taking his eye off a ground ball, allowing Justin Smoak to score, the Jays took a 3-1 lead.

As if to make up for his blunder the previous inning, Anderson took an off-speed pitch and muscled it over the right field fence, cutting the Jays lead to 1 in the 4th.

But most of the Jays were hitting Gonzalez pretty hard by the 4th inning. Doubles, triples and home runs abounded, and the Jays tacked on 3 more to take a 6-2 lead.

Avisail Garcia’s first home run of the season in the 5th inning chipped into the Jay’s lead – it was a loooong one to center field that was estimated at 481 feet. And Tim Anderson did even more to try and make up for his error - in the 6th, Anderson singled, then stole 2nd, then stole 3rd. Engel followed it up by grounding out, allowing Anderson to score. Chip, chip, chip…6-4 Jays.

Yolmer Sanchez added one in the 8th with home run into the upper deck of right field, but 5 runs was just not going to be enough today, especially with this bullpen.

Gonzalez was done after 5 innings, and Hector Santiago was brought in to eat a few innings. He did an adequate job, giving up a hard hit to Josh “Whistle” Donaldson in the 6th that scored another run, and a double to Curtis Granderson that scored yet another. Brought in to replace Santiago, Gregory Infante got pounded by the Jays, and Ricky Renteria left him in to wear it for a while. When Ricky got bored watching the runs tally up, he called for Juan Minaya, who didn’t fare any better. It didn’t take long until 7 runs scored in the bottom of the 8th and this game was officially of reach.

Yeah, we knew the bullpen was going to be a problem. Le sigh.

Of note:

  • Sox home runs: Tim Anderson, Avisail Garcia, Yolmer Sanchez
  • Good defensive plays: In the 4th, a nice relay by Avi Garcia to Yoan Moncada to nail Diaz at 3rd, trying to stretch a double into a triple; and in the 3rd, Adam Engel had a nice catch in center.

The Sox will try not to get swept by the Jays tomorrow at 6:07 CST; Carson Fulmer is due to duel Aaron Sanchez.

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