If anyone out there besides DJ thought Dylan Covey had a two-hit game that stopped one out short of a quality start in him, step forward for your prize. Indeed, Covey and an extraordinary bullpen effort rendered the Toronto Blue Jays flaccid in a 4-2 Chicago White Sox win on Thursday night.
The White Sox struck first, as they combined timely hitting with an error to push the first run of the game across the plate. That inning started with a leadoff single by Leury García. After Toronto’s starter Marcus Stroman retired Yoán Moncada and José Abreu, Yonder Alonso reached on an error to extend the inning. That brought up Welington Castillo, who singled up the middle to drive in García.
Toronto struck right back, as Freddy Galvis led off the top of the second with a home run off Covey to tie it, and it appeared that this one might be a battle of the offenses. However, that was not the case.
Neither team scored again until the bottom of the fourth, when the White Sox used three singles to retake the lead. NIcky Delmonico started the rally with one out, Charlie Tilson followed, and Ryan Cordell completed the rally with an RBI single. The singles by Tilson and Cordell both came with two outs.
After allowing the home run to Galvis, Covey settled down and had by far his best start of the season. Drury followed the Galvis homer with a single, but that was the last hit Covey would allow. However, the Blue Jays tied it for the second time in the sixth, as a two-out error by Moncada allowed an unearned run to cross the plate. Scoring on the play was Eric Sogard, who drew a leadoff walk. Covey’s final line: 5 2⁄3 innings, two runs (one earned), two hits, two walks, and one strikeout.
The White Sox took the lead for good in the eighth inning, as they scored a pair. With runners on the corners and one out, Ryan Cordell bunted to try to plate the go-ahead run, and it worked out as well as it could have. Toronto reliever Derek Law tried to get Yolmer Sánchez at the plate, but his throw was late. Everyone was safe on the play, as the Blue Jays were also unable to get Cordell out at first.
That turned out to be significant, as a sacrifice fly by García allowed Tilson to race home for an insurance run. Though umpire Ryan Additon initially called Tilson out at home, the call was reversed upon review.
This time, the White Sox would not relinquish their lead, as the bullpen had an excellent night. In fact, remember those two hits that Covey allowed in the second inning? Those were the only two hits that the Blue Jays managed all night. Evan Marshall, Kelvin Herrera, and Alex Colomé combined to throw 3 1⁄3 scoreless, no-hit innings. Colomé closed the door, as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning, including a strikeout to end it.
The White Sox improve to 20-22 on the season. Tomorrow’s game will start at 7:10 CST, and Iván Nova is the White Sox’s probable starter. The game will be aired on NBC Sports Chicago, and it will be audible on WGN 720. Ashley Sanders and the sunglasses emoji will be on the game coverage.