Jose Quintana was solid but it wasn't enough to avoid his first loss. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-US PRESSWIRE
Brandon Morrow dominated White Sox hitters all night long as the Blue Jays have taken the first two games of the series. It marks the first time since May 11-13 against the Royals that the Sox have lost a series. The Sox only had two hits and five base runners as they were shut out for the fifth time of the season.
A.J. Pierzynski was the lone bright spot in the Sox offense as he recorded both of the hits. No base runner reached second base until Alejandro De Aza walked and took 2nd and 3rd on catcher's indifference.
The Sox gave away an opportunity in the bottom of the 8th when Pierzynski singled. Brent Lillibridge was brought on to pinch run and was immediately gunned down trying to steal 2nd. At the time, the score was 2-0 so the tying run was at the plate. It probably wasn't the most optimal time to attempt a steal.
Jose Quintana scattered nine hits and two runs over his six innings of work. He was helped out by a pair of remarkable plays by third baseman Orlando Hudson and a double play. The Jays first crossed the plate in the 5th as Rajai Davis reached first on a fielder's choice, stole 2nd and scored on a single by Colby Rasmus.
Jose Bautista made it 2-0 in the sixth with a solo homer that flew deep into the left field stands.
Toronto had a chance in the 7th to blow the game open as Nate Jones came in to pitch and gave up back to back one out singles to Cooper and Davis. He got Brett Lawrie to pop out for the 2nd out. Robin Ventura then called upon Will Ohman to pitch to Rasmus. Ohman drilled him on an 0-2 count bringing Bautista to the plate with the bags juiced. Jesse Crain was brought in and struck him out to strand the bases loaded.
Rajai Davis put the game out of reach with a two run shot in the 9th off of Hector Santiago, but it really didn't matter as the Sox had no chance all night long against Morrow.
* Paul Konerko missed his 3rd straight game with wrist issues. He is shooting to be in the lineup tomorrow.
* Davis went 3-4 with 2 stolen bases tonight.
* Rasmus slammed his bat down and was starring down Ohman after being hit with a pitch in the 7th. Ohman looked at him and told him the count was 0-2 and pointed at his head and yelled "think". Like anyone would like to load the bases for Bautista in a tight game. Rasmus joined my list.
* On Rasmus' RBI single in the 5th, he tried to take 2nd but was gunned down by Dayan Viciedo. Replays showed he may have been safe but it was a heck of a throw either way.
WP: Brandon Morrow (7-3)
LP: Jose Quintana (1-1)
HR: Jose Bautista (15), Rajai Davis (4)
Record: 31-25 | Box