Toronto Blue Jays taste victory in 4-3 win over the Chicago White Sox
The Toronto Blue Jays were happy to see the back of the Twins and took full advantage of facing a new opponent. In turn, they were able to turn their tough stretch around and end their winless run.
Randal Grichuk hit a three-run homer, while Teoscar Hernandez added a fine solo shot as the Blue Jays snapped their season-worst, five-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over the Chicago White Sox on Friday evening.
Also, Grichuk’s two-out blast during the first inning was his sixth of the season and came off starter Dylan Covey. Meanwhile, the homer gave the Blue Jays more runs with one swing than they had previously scored in three straight losses against the Twins earlier this week. The Jays were shut out in the first two games and lost 9-1 in Wednesday’s final game of the series.
“I think the off day was big for us,” Toronto’s Justin Smoak said. He was referring to Thursday’s break in the schedule which allowed the Jays to regroup. “Minnesota is the hottest team in baseball right now, so it was a tough series. We really had nothing going against them. To get a couple of big home runs tonight and get runs early, that always helps.”
The sweep at the hands of Minnesota ensured that the Blue Jays had eight losses in their previous nine games.
“To get them out of town was a good feeling, and get somebody else up there,” reliever Daniel Hudson said. “It was a big win for the team tonight, for sure.”
Meanwhile, Hernandez added a leadoff homer during the second inning. This was his third of the season. Also, this ended his baron run, as Hernandez hadn’t homered since April 18, at Minnesota.
Covey allowed four runs and three hits in his 4 2/3 innings. He was upset at himself for walking Rowdy Tellez and Smoak before Grichuk’s drive.
“I’m OK with giving up a solo home run here and there, but I’ve got to cut back on those two-out walks,” Covey said. “Different ball game if those guys aren’t on when they hit the homer.”
Toronto’s scheduled starter, right-hander Clay Buchholz, was knocked down the order and placed on the ten-day injured list. This was because of a sore shoulder. In his place right-hander, Daniel Hudson opened for the Blue Jays. This was the first time this season the Blue Jays used an opener. It had an immediate reaction.
Although, Hudson did allow a run in the first on back-to-back doubles by Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu.
Meanwhile, Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero batted second. This was the highest that he has hit in the order since his promotion to the senior team. Guerrero grounded into a double play during the first. Before being ground out in the third. He was fouled out in the fifth and flew out in the seventh. The hitless performance dropped his average to .146.
Also, off the field, the Blue Jays have acquired outfielder Patrick Kivlehan from the Pirates and announced the new via a club announcement. The trade details aren’t known. But it’s likely a typical cash payment.
Kivlehan has seen time in each of the past three MLB campaigns but hasn’t received a call yet in 2019. He’s a .208/.302/.401 hitter in 242 plate appearances at the game’s highest level.