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Blue Jays 5, White Sox 1: Series wins still elusive

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Wasted opportunities early, ugly bullpen work late

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Chicago White Sox Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

Followed-from-work bullet points:

*It’s another one of those games with a dramatic disparity in strike-zone numbers between the two offenses:

  • Blue Jays hitters: 6 BB, 3 K
  • White Sox hitters: 3 BB, 14 K

*J.A. Happ foiled the Sox’ best scoring opportunities all day long, allowing a run on six hits and a walk while striking out 10 over seven innings.

*The Sox couldn’t convert on a couple of great chances early. They had the bases loaded with one out in the first and couldn’t score, and then wasted a leadoff triple by Tim Anderson in the third.

*Anderson had a strange day. He went 2-for-5 out of the leadoff spot with a triple. In the field, he made a great recovery on a Yolmer Sanchez error to throw out Rob Refsnyder at third base from the other side of the diamond, and almost successfully threw behind Kevin Pillar at first (a review overturned it). However, he also failed to stop a fairly unimpressive grounder to his left, which turned into an RBI single in the eighth and first-to-thirded a runner, who scored on a wild pitch to give Toronto a 4-1 lead.

*Jake Petricka had control issues, throwing just 24 of 41 pitches for strikes, walking two batters and throwing the aforementioned very wild pitch.

*Chris Beck gave up a homer on his first pitch.

*Derek Holland ... well, he posted his best start in a month, even with more walks (four) than strikeouts (three). He finally gave the Sox six innings of two-run ball, and held up well over 108 pitches, his second-highest total of the season. He almost escaped without a homer, but Steve Pearce got him for a solo shot leading off his final inning of work, giving Toronto a 2-0 lead.

*The Sox put two on with nobody out against Joe Biagini in the ninth, forcing John Gibbons to go to Roberto Osuna. After staying away against righties for a blown save in the opener, he mixed it up and recorded two strikeouts and a flyout for the save.

*The last time the Sox won a series: June 30-July 2 against Texas.

Record: 41-64 | Box score