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MLB: Game One-Toronto Blue Jays at Chicago White Sox
Lance Lynn put together his strongest start of the year, with 11 K’s in seven innings.
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Blue Jays 6, White Sox 2 (11 innings): It was fun until it wasn’t

Lance Lynn’s strong start is wasted

What started as a fantastic pitchers’ duel between Lance Lynn and José Berríos became an all-too-familiar letdown, as the White Sox could not get anything going on offense in support of their starter.

First, the good news: Lance Lynn was dealing, my friends.

Giving up only one hit in seven innings, Lynn struck out 11 and induced 25 swings-and-misses. He was in command from the jump, and more than rose to the occasion knowing the White Sox would face a formidable foe in Berríos.

Unfortunately, Berríos and the Toronto Blue Jays’ pen were just as good. Berríos allowed only one hit in seven innings, while Trevor Richards dazzled White Sox bats with his changeup and struck out four in two innings of relief.

There would be no offense until the 11th inning — when all hell broke loose.

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but Aaron Bummer was a bit of a bummer in this game. Despite only throwing 21 pitches, he gave up five hits for six runs (five earned) and a lone K. Yuck. To be fair to Bummer, two of those runs that scored were the fault of Bryan Shaw, who was equally ineffective in failing to put out Bummer’s fire, but the damage already was done at that point.

The White Sox made an ill-fated attempt at a rally in the bottom of the 11th, with Andrew Vaughn and Oscar Colás driving in a run each, but it was too late, and the White Sox fell again.

Now the Pale Hose will regroup and try again in the nightcap of this doubleheader, which will be underway momentarily.


Who was the MVP of the extra-innings loss in the opener?

This poll is closed

  • 100%
    Lance Lynn: 7 IP, H, BB, 11 K, .439 WPA
    (24 votes)
  • 0%
    Kendall Graveman: IP, 2 K, .135 WPA
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Reynaldo López: IP, BB, 3 K, .135 WPA
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Gregory Santos: IP, .106 WPA
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    MATH, for the weird ties for top play and game MVP.
    (0 votes)
24 votes total Vote Now


Who was the Cold Cat of the extra-innings White Sox loss in the opener?

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  • 69%
    Aaron Bummer: 1⁄3 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, K, -.488 WPA
    (18 votes)
  • 0%
    Jake Burger: 0-for-1, R, -.111 WPA
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Elvis Andrus: 1-for-4, K, CS, -.088 WPA
    (0 votes)
  • 30%
    Pedro Grifol, for ever pitching Aaron Bummer in extras (with automatic RISP), then offering a b.s. explanation for doing so
    (8 votes)
26 votes total Vote Now

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