Monday, September 23, 2013
Rapid Reaction: White Sox 3, Blue Jays 2
By Bruce Levine
CHICAGO -- The White Sox used a pair of home runs and strong starting pitching to defeat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 on Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field.
How it happened: The White Sox and Jays were making up a game rained out on June 12. Jose Quintana was seeking his ninth win of the season. LHP J.A. Happ was on the hill for Toronto. Rookie Marcus Semien hit his first major league home run with Dayan Viciedo on base in the second inning. J.P. Arencibia hit a solo home run to lead off the fifth inning. Avisail Garcia led off the White Sox fifth with his sixth home run. Quintana exited in the eighth after giving up an RBI base hit to Ryan Goins.
What it means: The Sox win the season series against Toronto 4-3. Chicago had lost nine of its past 12. Chicago continues its six-game road trip with three in Cleveland against the Indians to close out its 2013 road schedule.
Outside the box: Manager Robin Ventura said he is not interested in talking about managing beyond 2014 at this juncture. Ventura signed a three-year deal in the fall of 2011. "I said I want to do it again," Ventura reiterated on Monday in reference to next season. "After that, you would like to [continue], but we will discuss that after next year. It has to be [agreeable] on both sides. That is a discussion for another day."
Ventura turned down an extension that was offered in spring training. At that time, he said there was no hurry in signing beyond the two years remaining on his deal. Viciedo returned from paternity leave after missing the weekend series in Detroit.