In all honesty this game was a lot closer than it should have been. Humber gave up a hit and 3 walks in the first inning, but was lucky enough to get out of it with only one run.
The Sox would tie it back up with a little bit of help from the Jays. Alejandro De Aza singled and took second when Rajai Davis slightly bobbled the ball. After a pointless Gordon Beckham sac bunt and an Adam Dunn strike out, Dayan Viciedo (who was batting cleanup with Paul Konerko being scratched for a "wrist procedure" according to Ventura) popped up to center. Rasmus came in and whiffed on the ball leading to a two base error and a tie game.
In the 5th, Humber got bombed. A lead off double by Brett Lawrie was followed up by a 2 run shot by Rasmus. After getting two outs, Yunel Escobar singled and scored when David Cooper sent one into the left field bullpen to make it 5-1 Blue Jays.
Zach Stewart came in for the 6th inning and the Jays promptly greeted him with two runs. After two outs, the Jays drilled four hits in a row against the inept righty. Lawrie, Rasmus, Jose Bautista and Kelly Johnson all singled to make the score 7-1.
Ricky Romero was sailing along until the 7th when Alex Rios singled and A.J. Pierzynski smashed a two run shot (his 10th of the season) into the right field stands. After Alexei Ramirez struck out, Orlando Hudson walked and Brent Lillibridge reached on an error bringing up De Aza. Alejandro would ground into a force to score another run bringing the game to 7-4.
Just when the Sox closed the gap, Ventura left in Stewart who gave up another two runs. Lawrie singled, Rasmus doubled him in and Bautista hit a sac fly making it 9-4 before Will Ohman came in and got the last out.
Adam Dunn hit a lead off dinger in the 8th to end Romero's night. Francisco Cordero was brought in and after getting an out, gave up a single to Rios and walked Pierzynski. Unfortunately, Ramirez popped out for the 2nd out and with Hudson up, a ball got by catcher J.P. Arencibia but hit umpire Jim Joyce. Rios didn't see the last part and took off for third and was gunned down easily to end the final threat the Sox would have.
* Ramirez looked absolutely lost at the plate today.
* I don't understand why they would sacrifice De Aza to third in the first. It was clear we were in for a Bad Humber night so one run meant very little. Plus, Adam Dunn strikes out 1/3 of the time and when he hits a fly ball its out of the park so the move makes no sense.
* Beckham and Ramirez put on a bit of a show on defense. Both of them made plays going up the middle and flipped it to 2nd with the glove to get the outs. Very smooth.
WP: Ricky Romero (7-1)
LP: Philip Humber (2-3)
HR: Rasmus (7), Cooper (2), Pierzynski (10), Dunn (18)
Record: 31-24 | Box