Pressure Play (highest-leverage situation): 2.98
Toronto reliever Ryan Tepera pitched the eighth inning after the Blue Jays had eked out their first lead of the game, giving up one hit and striking out two White Sox. He made it hard on himself by putting the tying run on second after Jose Abreu’s double with one out. But he faced down the toughest situation of the entire game by punching out Matt Davidson to get one out closer to escaping the jam. Toronto Blue Jays 3, Chicago White Sox 2
Pressure Cooker (highest total leverage faced in the game): 2.40
Tepera striking out both Davidson and Welington Castillo with the tying run on second to hold the lead in the eighth contributed to him facing the highest total leverage (2.40) in the contest.
Put it on the Board (greatest win probability added, single play): .436
Russell Martin struck a two-run blast for the big blow of the game in with two out in the seventh, homering to put the Blue Jays up for good. Blue Jays 3, White Sox 2
Game MVP (greatest win probability added, game): .344
The White Sox were just about to steal away another victory, on two Welington Castillo homers, no less, before Martin’s homer, which earns him the game MVP. The White Sox MVP is Castillo at .214, an eyelash ahead of his battery mate, Reynaldo Lopez, at .205.
Chicago’s Start: 65
López was lights-out tonight, striking out six against just one walk and two hits. The solo oppo homer he surrendered to Josh Donaldson was the only damage inflicted on the young righthander, who threw 63 of 100 pitches for strikes.
Kansas City’s Start: 62
Jamie Garcia wilted a bit as the game went on, but he fooled a lot of White Sox hitters on his first run through the order. He spun six innings of four-hit ball, whiffing seven against just one walk. Like López, the only damage done to García came on a homer (Welington Castillo). The lefty threw 92 pitches in the game, 56 for strikes.