Blue Jays vs. White Sox Game Recap - May 10, 2019
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Friday, May 10, 2019
Randal Grichuk and Teoscar Hernandez each hit early home runs to lead the Toronto Blue Jays over the Chicago White Sox 4-3 at the Rogers Centre on Friday night.
Grichuk hit a three run home run in the bottom of the first to give the Jays the lead, and Hernandez homered in the second to provide the lead for good.
Justin Smoak scored a run and went 0-for-0 with four walks, just the 22nd time that has happened in Blue Jays history.
Tim Anderson hit a home run and scored two runs to power the White Sox offence, who were just unable to break through.
This victory ended a five-game losing streak for Toronto (16-22), and finally gave the fans something to be excited about after a dismal road trip.
Chicago (16-21) lost their third straight game. Dylan Covey (0-2) was the starter for the visiting White Sox and he was pulled with two out in the fifth inning after walking Smoak. He finished with four and 2/3rds innings pitched, four earned runs allowed on three hits with four strikeouts. His five walks allowed were what caused a lot of the damage.
Toronto was pushed into using an opener for this game, Daniel Hudson, due to the injury to Clay Buchholz. Joe Biagini (2-1) earned the win in relief.
Ken Giles picked up the save, his ninth of the season, with a three-up, three-down top of the ninth inning. He struck out one batter.
Biagini pitched one and 1/3rds innings to pick up the win, in which he reitred all four batters he faced.
The top of the seventh began with a ground ball hit by Anderson, which was initially ruled an out at first. A manager's challenge resulted in an overturned call and Anderson standing at first. Charlie Tilson his a line drive to left field to put the pressure on.
After a sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third, the White Sox scored on a Leury Garcia ground out to second base. Biagini replaced Tepera to protect what became a one run lead with two out. Biagini struck out Moncada to end the threat.
Josh Osich, Ryan Burr, Evan Marshall and Aaron Bummer came out of the bullpen and each pitched well to keep a small deficit intact. They combined for three and a third scoreless innings in relief of Covey, with two hits, two walks and three strikeouts split between the four of them.
Chicago struck first in the top of the opening inning, where Toronto's opener strategy did not work in their favour. Yoan Moncada hit a double and was cashed in immediately by a Jose Abreu double as the next batter.
The Jays responded quickly against Covey, who appeared to be on his way out of the first inning unscathed after retiring the first two batters, but consecutive walks to the third and fourth batters set up Grichuk to hit a three-run home run.
In the second inning, Teoscar hernandez joined in the power game by launching a solo home run of his own to push the lead to 4-1.
Hudson made it through the first inning as the opener and was replaced by Thomas Pannone, who had been optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday but recalled before the game due to Clay Buchholz' trip to the injured list with shoulder inflammation.
Pannone pitched a clean one and 2/3rds innings, followed by two and 2/3rds innings from Sam Gaviglio, where he surrendered one hit and one walk to go with three strikeouts, and one earned run.
White Sox shortstop Anderson continued his torrid pace to begin the year by hitting a lead-off home run in the fifth inning to pull the visiting team back within two.
These teams will meet again for the second game of a three-game weekend series on Saturday, with Marcus Stroman (1-5, 2.96 ERA) pitching for Toronto against Ivan Nova (1-3, 7.04 ERA) for Chicago.