Lack of Run Support Dooms White Sox in Series Finale Against Blue Jays
White Sox unable to provide any run support in their series finale as they come up with a split of their four-game series against the Blue Jays.
After getting close to .500, the Chicago White Sox are yet again three games under as they failed to win their four-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays. Reynaldo Lopez got little run support in the White Sox 5-2 loss on Sunday afternoon.
With the loss, the Sox dropped their record to 21-24. Lopez didn’t have his best stuff on Sunday but did manage to pitch six innings while allowing just one earned run against the Blue Jays. Unfortunately, the Sox offense couldn’t score much against Toronto starting pitcher Trent Thornton.
The White Sox offense managed just one run against Thornton through six innings pitched. Jose Abreu was the only bright spot for the Sox offensively in regards to driving runs in. In the fourth inning, after the Sox trailed 1-0, Abreu was able to tie the game with a groundout that scored Yoan Moncada from third base.
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Throughout the game, the Sox had more opportunities to score but failed to deliver. After a 1-1 tie going into the eighth inning, the Blue Jays would go back on top thanks to a phenom. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a go-ahead two-run home run off of Kelvin Herrera. This would ultimately prove to be the knockout blow for the Sox.
However, the Sox would still make a game of it in the bottom half of the eighth inning. Abreu again knocked in another run with an RBI double to score Charlie Tilson. This cut the Sox deficit to 3-2 but that would be as close as they would get to the Blue Jays. In the ninth inning, Danny Jansen hit a two-run home run to extend the Blue Jays lead to 5-2.
This was a bad loss for the Sox but this season expects to see more losses like this. The Sox aren’t likely to contend this season and there will be growing pains. Despite getting seven hits on Sunday, the Sox offense just didn’t show up. Going into their next road trip against the Houston Astros and Minnesota Twins, the Sox offense will need to show up, however.
The Sox will start their road trip with a night game against the Astros on Monday. There hasn’t been an announcement on the starting pitcher for the Sox on Monday night. Unfortunately the Sox starting rotation hasn’t been too strong and will be tested this upcoming week. Hopefully, the Sox can manage a few wins on what should be a tough road trip.