Rapid Reaction: Blue Jays 7, White Sox 5
June, 11, 2013
By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- One strike from victory, the Chicago White Sox ended up falling 7-5 in 10 innings on Tuesday to the Toronto Blue Jays at U.S Cellular Field.
How it happened: The Blue Jays’ Rajai Davis scored the game-winning run on a Ramon Troncoso wild pitch in the 10th inning. Up 5-4 in the ninth inning with two outs, Addison Reed blew a save chance for the second time when he gave up a game-tying home run to Jose Bautista on a hanging slider. Conor Gillaspie hit a three-run home run to highlight a four-run fourth inning for the White Sox. The Blue Jays closed the gap in the fifth inning on a two-run home run from Edwin Encarnacion. Adam Dunn hit a home run in the second inning, his third in two games and fourth in his last four games.
What it means: The White Sox have dealt with sloppy play and poor fundamentals all season and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better. They made no less than nine head-scratching plays Tuesday, highlighted by the wild pitch from Troncoso that catcher Tyler Flowers tried to stop with a backhand. In all, the White Sox made three errors, had one passed ball that allowed a run to score, gave up the go-ahead run on a wild pitch and had four runners thrown out on the bases.
Outside the box: The home runs from Dunn and Gillaspie gave the White Sox two or more home runs in four consecutive games. In their previous 19 contests before Saturday they didn’t have any multi-homer games. They entered the game with 60 home runs, 13th in the 15-team American League. Dunn has 17 home runs and is on pace for 44, while Gillaspie hit his fourth.
Off beat: The opportunity was there for Paul Konerko to get the best of his manager Robin Ventura. Tied for the White Sox’s all-time lead with 10 grand slams each, Konerko came to the plate in the fifth inning with the bases loaded and nobody out. He ended up striking out on four pitches and the White Sox didn’t score in the inning when Dunn lined into a double play. It proved costly when the Blue Jays were able to tie the game in the ninth inning.
Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander Chris Sale (5-4, 2.68 ERA) to the mound Wednesday against Toronto in the series finale and the finale of the seven-game homestand. The Blue Jays will counter with right-hander Esmil Rogers (1-2, 3.60) in the 7:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.