The Chicago White Sox took on the Toronto Blue Jays this evening in the first game of their series at the Rogers Centre, but missed opportunities, shaky defense and even shakier offense saw yet another number fall into Chicago’s column of losses. The Blue Jays won the game, 6-5, putting the White Sox at 23-24 on the season.
Lucas Giolito started on the mound for the White Sox, and the Blue Jays’ strong offense gave him some real grief on what appeared to be an off-night. In 4 2⁄3 innings, Giolito allowed six runs (including two homers), eight hits, and two walks, while striking out eight batters. The velocity on his fastball and slider were a tad higher than average, but it didn’t seem to ultimately offer any help on this outing.
Giolito’s 99-pitch effort looked like this:
It was Kevin Gausman’s turn to start on the bump for Toronto, and he didn’t hold off the South Siders too much better than Giolito did the Blue Jays. In five innings, Gausman allowed three runs and six hits, walking one and striking out five.
Gausman’s 98-pitch outing looked like this:
In the ninth inning, Jake Burger grounded into a double play, seeing Andrew Vaughn out at third and Jose Abreu at second. The play crumbled under a 5.45 LI.
Toronto’s closer Jordan Romano faced the most pressure in today’s game, with a 3.93 pLI.
At the bottom of the fifth inning, Teoscar Hernandez doubled to left field, allowing both George Springer and Bo Bichette to score runs for the Blue Jays. Hernandez was credited with a .268 WPA for the play.
Despite today’s loss, our very own Andrew Vaughn was today’s top performer. Hitting a home run in the first inning, a double in the third, and a single in both the fifth and ninth, Vaughn was credited with a .342 WPA for his efforts.
Hardest Hit: José Abreu’s ninth inning single flew off the bat at an impressive 110.5 mph.
Weakest Contact: Jake Burger grounded out in the fifth at a tender 51.7 mph.
Luckiest Hit: Alejandro Kirk’s second inning home run had an xBA of just .160.
Toughest Out: José Abreu’s fly out in the third had a .830 xBA.
Longest Hit: His second inning homer was the luckiest, but his fifth inning homer was the longest — Alejandro Kirk’s home run in the fifth flew 420 feet.
Magic Number: .489
Today’s loss puts the White Sox at .489 for the season, and with Tim Anderson now on the injured list, it’s not unreasonable for fans to be a tad concerned. The team’s seeming inability to climb better than .500 is frustrating, and the early-season slump we were told not to worry about is going on a lot longer than most are comfortable with. Hopefully the South Siders will be able to turn around sooner rather than later — our postseason chances are really riding on it.
Hard-hit is any ball off the bat at 95 mph or more
LI measures pressure per play
pLI measures total pressure faced in-game
Whiff a swing-and-miss
WPA win probability added measures contributions to the win
xBA expected batting average
Who was the South Side MVP of tonight’s game against the Blue Jays?
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Andrew Vaughn: 1 R, 4 H, 1 HR, 1 K, .342 WPA
Reese McGuire: 1 R, 2 H, 1 K, .211 WPA
José Abreu: 0 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 0 K, .207 WPA
Who was the weakest player from Chicago in tonight’s game?
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Jake Burger: 0 R, 0 H, 1 K, -.517 WPA
Lucas Giolito: 4.2 IP, 6 ER, 2 HR, 8 H, 8 K, -.495 WPA
Yasmani Grandal: 0 R, 0 H, 3 K, -.380 WPA
Kendall Graveman: Too busy "doing his own research" to show up to the game