The Toronto Blue Jays took the second contest of a three-game series from the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Danny Jansen homered to lead the Jays to a 7-3 victory. Toronto extended its winning streak to seven games while Sox fell for the fifth time in seven games.
Blue Jays starter Hyun Jin Ryu exited after the fourth inning due to tightness in his forearm. Ryu allowed three runs, two earned, and four hits. He walked none and fanned four. The southpaw left his previous start against the Angels after five innings for the same reason. Ross Stripling replaced Ryu in the fifth inning and pitched 2.2 scoreless innings. David Phelps and Yimi Garcia recorded the final seven outs and held the South Siders scoreless.
Michael Kopech got the start after nine days rest following the second game of a doubleheader against the Yankees. He allowed five runs on six hits in only three innings this time out against the Blue Jays. The righty issued four free passes, struck out four, and threw 85 pitches (46 strikes). Kopech struggled mightily with his control, which was evident in Toronto’s four walks. It was his shortest outing of the season. He was relieved by Kyle Crick, who pitched two scoreless innings. Matt Foster and Jose Ruiz each threw scoreless innings as well.
Back in the lineup after sitting out Tuesday, AJ Pollock homered on Ryu’s 2-0 cutter to open the scoring.
In the top of the fourth inning, Jose Abreu hit a two-run homer to make the score 5-3.
But it wasn’t enough and the White Sox fell two games below .500.
Santiago Espinal got the Blue Jays on the board with a leadoff home run of his own in the bottom of the first. In the second, Bo Bichette drew a bases-loaded walk to make the score 2-1. But Kopech struck out Vladimir Guerrero Jr. on a 98 MPH fastball to leave the bases full. Danny Jansen’s home run was a two-out drive that came on an 0-2 fastball in the third for a 5-1 lead. Guerrero Jr. gave the Blue Jays a pair of insurance runs with a two-out bomb off Bennett Sousa in the eighth.
Kopech’s ERA rose from 1.29 to 2.20.
Espinal’s homer snapped Kopech’s 42-innings homerless streak to start the season.
Ryu will have an MRI to address his forearm issue.
Abreu’s 451-foot homer was the longest White Sox homer of 2022.
Yoan Moncada did not start for the fifth straight game, but he struck out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning.
Eloy Jimenez went 1-4 as he resumed his rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte.
What’s On Tap Next?
It is dia de Cueto in the series finale for the Chicago White Sox as the veteran right-hander will face Alek Manoah of the Toronto Blue Jays. The Sox will try to avoid a sweep while Toronto looks to extend their winning streak to eight games. The action gets underway at 2:07 PM CT and the game will air on NBC Sports Chicago.
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