Blue Jays vs. White Sox Game Recap - May 18, 2019
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Yonder Alonso recorded two hits and drove in two runs to push the Chicago White Sox over the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 in a rain-shortened game on Saturday afternoon.
Leury Garcia hit a leadoff home run and Tim Anderson also recorded a hit and a run scored for the host White Sox.
Rowdy Tellez walked and hit a single to go with a run scored for Toronto in their five innings of offence.
Jays starter Ryan Feierabend (0-1) took the loss in his first major league game since 2014. He pitched four innings and allowed four earned runs on seven hits, one walk and two strikeouts.
Feierabend was called up the morning of the game to make the spot start. He spent the previous four years pitching in the Korean Baseball Organization, where he added a knuckleball to his repertoire. The veteran is the first southpaw knuckleball pitcher in the major leagues since Danny Boone in 1990 with the Baltimore Orioles.
Chicago starter Lucas Giolito (5-1) earned another win as he continued his hot pace since his return from the injured list earlier this month. He pitched five strong innings, allowing one earned run on three hits and two walks, to go with four strikeouts.
The Blue Jays dropped to 18-27 with the loss and Chicago improved to 21-23.
Entering the fifth inning the pace quickened for Giolito as the rain started to pour. He pitched quickly to get the fifth inning over with to make it an official game, and struck out the side on just eleven pitches. The game went into a delay in the middle of the fifth as the tarp was rolled out over the infield, and was called a few hours later.
Alonso cashed in the fourth run of the game on a ground ball single just under the glove of second baseman Richard Urena in the third inning.
There was more trouble for Feierabend in the bottom of the second, after Yoan Moncada hit a double down the left field line he came around to score on a single by Yonder Alonso to push the lead 2-1.
Another run came in on Charlie Tilson’s sharp liner right behind the back of the pitcher. Alonso advanced to third on a passed ball by Luke Maile which allowed him to score on the single.
The Blue Jays responded in the top of the second, with an RBI groundout by Brandon Drury after a Freddy Galvis double put runners on second and third.
Feierabend received a rude welcome back to the major leagues from Garcia, who deposited the second pitch of the game in the stands in left field.
These teams will meet for the rubber match on Sunday afternoon, with Toronto sending Trent Thornton (1-4, 4.81 ERA) to oppose Reynaldo Lopez (3-4, 5.58 ERA) for Chicago.