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Baserunning Miscue Costs White Sox an Opportunity in 6-5 Loss to Blue Jays

A costly baserunning gaffe and wasted opportunities with runners in scoring position cost the White Sox the series opener in Toronto.

Danny Mendick Baserunning Mistake Chicago White Sox
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The Chicago White Sox traveled north of the border Tuesday night to open a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays. On paper, it appeared to be a pitching duel between two elite American League starters, Lucas Giolito and Kevin Gausman. However, the teams combined to score 11 runs with the Blue Jays coming out on top.

Kevin Gausman emerged the winner for his second straight start. He has won four of his last six outings. The righty completed five innings of work allowing three runs on six hits and one walk. He struck out five. White Sox right-hander Lucan Giolito allowed season-highs of six runs and eight hits in 4.2 innings while striking out eight. It was clear from the get-go that the Sox ace did not have good command of his pitches. Giolito hadn’t allowed more than three earned runs in his prior seven starts this season. But he has given up at least two homers for the third time. Both of those long balls came from Alejandro Kirk on Tuesday.

The Pale Hose opened the scoring in the first on an Andrew Vaughn solo homer. Vaughn logged four hits, and two RBIs for the Sox, a promising start to begin a stretch without shortstop Tim Anderson.

They Exchange Blows

A second-inning homer from Kirk staked Gausman to an early 2-1 lead. Danny Mendick and Andrew Vaughn had RBIs off Gausman in the fifth as Chicago went ahead 3-2.

Toronto came right back for four runs in the bottom half of the inning. Those tallies came courtesy of Kirk’s second homer and a two-run double by Teoscar Hernandez that landed past a diving Adam Engel. All four runs crossed the plate with two outs.

Sox Shoot Themselves in The Foot

Trevor Richards relieved Gausman in the sixth and the first four Chicago batters reached to begin the inning. Reese McGuire’s second double drove in Gavin Sheets to make it 6-4. Adam Cimber came on and got Danny Mendick to ground into an RBI fielder’s choice, advancing McGuire to third. Leadoff hitter Yasmani Grandal followed with a fly ball to left but Lourdes Gurriel Jr. threw Mendick out at second. The out occurred before McGuire could score the tying run and the inning was over.

The White Sox put two on with no outs in the ninth. But the threat — and game — ended on a Jake Burger double play and Grandal strikeout with a 6-5 final score.

Notes

Tim Anderson was added to the 10-day IL. He is expected to miss at least three weeks.

The White Sox finished the month of May with a record of 15-12.

Jose Abreu’s last seven games: .458/.581/.750 4 SO, 6 BB.

Yoan Moncada did not start for the fourth straight game.

Luis Robert returned from the COVID IL prior to the contest.

What’s On Tap Next?

The White Sox will send Michael Kopech to the mound to face the Blue Jays’ Hyun Jin Ryu as South Siders look to even the series at one apiece. First pitch is at 6:07 PM CT and the game will air on NBC Sports Chicago.

Tune in to the Sox On Tap podcast for postgame reaction and further White Sox commentary all season.

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