The Chicago White Sox lost the opener of this weekend series at the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3, in disappointing fashion. In a game that they should have won, the seven walks given up by the South Siders pitching staff carved out the loss.
The game started off on the right foot. Yoán Moncada and José Abreu — the headband gang — hit back-to-back doubles in the first inning, giving the Sox a 1-0 lead.
Flash forward to the bottom of the first inning, Dylan Covey gave up a leadoff single to Eric Sogard, but Vladimir Guerrero Jr. grounded into a double play. Covey then proceeded to give up two back-to-back walks to Justin Smoak and Rowdy Tellez. Randal Grichuk homered to center field — not the guy we wanted hitting a home run this series — and nonchalantly dropped the bat to the side.
Toronto homered one more time in the bottom of the second inning. It was a solo blast by Teoscar Hernández. On the bright side, that was the last time the Blue Jays plated a run during the game.
On the not-so-bright side, the White Sox were unable to overcome the four-run deficit.
Tim Anderson did hit a leadoff home run in the fifth inning, and it was not a cheap shot. The ball traveled 415 feet and landed in the second deck.
And, of course, he bat flipped.
Update on the home run fun score:
During the top of the seventh, the Boys had trouble a-brewing. Anderson was called out on a play to first. After a challenge by Ricky Renteria, Anderson was called safe. Charlie Tilson hit a line drive single to left field. With no outs and runners on first and second, Ryan Cordell hit a sacrifice bunt to move the runners over to second and third. García had an RBI groundout to first base.
Leury García brings home Tim Anderson and we've pulled within a run at the stretch. pic.twitter.com/KGREASuF33— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) May 11, 2019
The Good Guys still trailed, 4-3, going into the ninth. Tilson hit a ball hard to left-center, but it was 20 feet short of his first career home run.
The bullpen day ended up being successful for Toronto. Their relievers only gave up two walks and scattered the three runs throughout the game.
The bullpen for the White Sox was magnificent. Four relievers found their way to the mound, and they gave up zero runs, two hits, and two strikeouts. However, Dylan Covey’s sinker ball could not find its drop — or the zone for that matter. For a week that has been characterized by mostly-effective starting pitching, Covey could not continue the trend in this disappointing loss.
For tomorrow, Iván Nova takes the hill. Nova started the good pitching trend, so he looks to bring it back. His mound opponent will be Toronto’s ace, Marcus Stroman. Both pitchers will be seeking their second win of the season.
The White Sox look for their bats to come alive to get right back into a used bullpen.
It’s an early afternoon 2:07 CT start. NBC Sports Chicago will be broadcasting while WGN-AM will have the game via radio.
Let’s have some bat flipping, stolen base fun tomorrow!
Tim Anderson Awesome Score: Infinity