Jun 26, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Chicago White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham jumps to catch a wayward throw from third baseman Alexei Ramirez (not pictured) as Toronto Blue Jays centre fielder Anthony Gose dives back to second in the fourth inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
The Chicago White Sox looked very tired on Thursday night, losing for the seventh time in the past eight days, being shutout by the Toronto Blue Jays, 7-0.
This was also their 10th game in the past 10 days, so even though they’ve been struggling lately, this type of game was bound to happen.
In the past 10 games, the White Sox (36-44) are 3-7, and since starting their 11-game road trip, the White Sox are 1-7 with three more games remaining in Toronto.
Jun 26, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Scott Carroll delivers a pitch against Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
After the first four innings, this game on Thursday was pretty much a done deal. The Blue Jays opened up with a two-run first, followed by a run in the second and two more in the fourth for the 5-0 advantage.
Just to add some insurance, the Blue Jays added one run in the seventh and eighth innings.
Sierra and Beckham each had a double.
White Sox are 36-44 overall
Now for the “fun” part … the pitching of the White Sox was, once again, nonexistent, as this time it was the starter’s turn to end the game before it even really started.
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Maybe the White Sox should look into a Plan C.
Carroll (2-4) went just five innings, allowing five earned runs on nine hits and two walks. He struck out four. Carroll allowed three doubles and one triple.
The ERA of Carroll now moves to 4.76.
Thursday call-up Eric Surkamp pitched 1.1 innings, allowing one earned run on no hits and one walk. Rienzo also made a relief appearance, going 1.2 innings, also allowing one earned run on three hits and one walk.
J.A. Happ was the winning pitcher, giving up no runs on four hits and two walks in 7.2 innings.
This was one of those games where you just knew the White Sox just didn’t have it on a given night. The combination of 10 straight games, extra innings the previous night, already playing bad baseball and being on the road for over a week has finally caught up with this ball club.
It will be interesting to see how the White Sox respond on Friday.