The Chicago White Sox offense has been red hot and they looked to continue that into their final series before the All-Star break. For the final three games of the first half, the White Sox played host the the Toronto Blue Jays.
Times could be frustrating for Jake Peavy. Peavy has received little-to-no run support in the past two months, so Friday night’s game was a welcoming sight. It didn’t start off well as Adam Lind hit a homerun in the second inning, giving the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead. The White Sox would score three in the fifth, capped off by an RBI single by Kevin Youkilis. AJ Pierzynski would add another run for Peavy and the Sox in the sixth on a solo homerun. Addison Reed would come on in the ninth, and although he allowed a run, the White Sox would pick up the 4-2 victory. Peavy went 7.1 innings, giving up five hits and a run while striking out seven.
Gavin Floyd took the mound Saturday afternoon, looking to shake off what has been a rough season for him thus far. Both he and Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero would be outstanding. The lone mistake for either pitcher came when Romero gave up a two run shot to Youkilis in the bottom of the fifth. Those two runs would be all the scoring we would see, as the White Sox went on to win 2-0. Floyd went 7 and two thirds innings, allowing four hits and striking out three before Matt Thornton came on to pick up the four out save.
The White Sox went into Sunday’s matchup looking for the sweep, but they had to put the brooms away as they could not top the Blue Jays in an offensive onslaught. In fact, the White Sox would go on to score nine runs on Sunday and at no point did they ever hold the lead. Toronto got off to a quick start with two two-run homeruns by Colby Rasmus and Edwin Encarnacion, giving them a 4-0 lead. The White Sox, as they have so many times before, would respond in the bottom half of the inning on an Alex Rios three run homer.
The Jays would add runs in the second, third, and fourth, eventually leading to an 8-3 lead. The White Sox would not go down quietly as in the bottom of the fifth, the scoring would begin on an Adam Dunn sacrifice ground out. A Rios double would drive in another run, cutting the lead to 8-5. They would finish the inning scoring another two runs on an Alexei Ramirez triple that scored two, cutting Toronto’s lead to just one run. Toronto would come back in the top of the sixth to score three runs, breaking away from the Sox a bit with an 11-7 lead. Two more runs for the White Sox, one in each of the sixth and seventh innings, would be all they were able to come up with, giving Toronto an 11-9 win.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura wasn’t around to see the end of the game, as he was ejected in the sixth inning. A fair ball hit by Blue Jays Jose Bautista was touched by a fan, stopping play and resulting in a ground rule double. The umpires determined that Rasmus, who was on first, was allowed to score. Ventura came out to argue and was given the early exit.
Dylan Axelrod, the White Sox starting pitcher, was roughed up again. He threw just three innings, allowing seven runs on six hits and two walks. Axelrod also allowed three homeruns. It was a good day for the White Sox offense, but the pitching wasn’t able to capitalize in the series finale.
The White Sox now head into the All Star break 47-38 and three games up in the American league central over Cleveland. Ventura has the team playing well all the way around, and most White Sox fans with the highest of expectations many not have even seen them where they are currently. The White Sox are now off through the All Star break and will resume play on Friday in Kansas City.
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