The Toronto Blue Jays teed off on Chicago White Sox starter Lucas Giolito in Wednesday’s series finale. Bo Bichette hit a grand slam to put the Jays ahead 7-0, which was more than enough to secure a 9-5 win. The slam capped off a five-run fourth inning to help the Blue Jays avoid a sweep. Ross Stripling held the Sox to one run before giving way to Toronto relievers, who allowed four runs over the final three innings. Injuries plagued the White Sox again as three players departed the game with leg issues.
Struggles Continue for Giolito
Lucas Giolito allowed seven runs on 11 hits in his five innings of work. He continues to struggle mightily to get his 2022 season back on track. It is a bit of a mystery as to what the issue is for Giolito. He has missed stretches of time due to an oblique strain and a stint on the COVID IL. Neither Giolito nor the club has elaborated on the impact of either ailment and the right-hander declared that he is healthy. But his underperformance has followed his return from COVID. Giolito has mentioned that he is working through some mechanical changes as well.
Blue Jays starter Ross Stripling surrendered just one run in six innings. He scattered five hits and didn’t allow a runner past second base until Luis Robert’s sixth-inning RBI single plated Josh Harrison for Chicago’s first run.
Alejandro Kirk’s RBI single in the first opened the scoring and the catcher added a solo homer in the third. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. put the Jays ahead 3-0 in the fourth before Bichette’s slam. Teoscar Hernandez put the game out of reach entirely with a two-run bomb in the seventh.
The Pale Hose recorded seven hits in the final three innings. They scored three times in the eighth and even brought the tying run to the plate. But Leury Garcia grounded out to end the threat and leave the bases loaded.
It’s Always Something
The injuries just continue to mount for the snakebitten 2022 team. The White Sox were stretched thin with Tim Anderson shut down for the game under doctor’s orders, manager Tony La Russa said before the game.
Starting shortstop Danny Mendick left after colliding with left-field Adam Haseley on a foul pop-up deep — for a shortstop — in left field. Mendick was helped off of the field by members of the training staff. He was replaced by Leury Garcia, who himself sat out the last four games.
Right fielder Adam Engel exited the contest after three innings due to hamstring soreness. Engel missed significant time last season with hamstring issues.
Luis Robert also departed prematurely due to an apparent leg injury which La Russa called “leg soreness.” Robert hobbled a bit after reaching first on his RBI single in the sixth inning.
All 3 players underwent MRIs after the game.
No Silver Linings, But…
The South Siders have been playing better of late, and despite dropping this game, they took three of three from Toronto to win the series. It is their first series victory at 35th/Shields since mid-April.
The Sox are in a good position for the rest of the homestand with four upcoming games against the lowly Baltimore Orioles. It’s paramount they secure three victories to ensure a successful seven-game stretch following a 4-2 road trip in Detroit and Houston.
Luis Robert extended his hitting streak to 13 games before exiting early.
Toronto hitting coach Guillermo Martinez was ejected during the pre-game lineup exchange.
Chicago reinstated Matt Foster from the bereavement list and optioned Davis Martin to Triple-A Charlotte prior to the contest.
What’s On Tap Next?
The Chicago White Sox will wrap up their seven-game homestand with four games against Baltimore. Johnny Cueto will pitch the series opener Thursday. Cueto two-hit the Astros and recorded a win in his last outing. Dean Kremer will take the mound for the Orioles. NBC Sports Chicago will have the broadcast beginning at 7:10 PM CT.
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