White Sox struggles continue with Blue Jays sweep originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
The White Sox couldn’t be on the same page in Thursday’s 8-3 loss to the Blue Jays, a loss that landed a series sweep in Toronto.
First, the offense spat. After loading the bases against Alek Manoah in the first inning but failing to score, the White Sox batters were down 16 straight between the last out of the first (a Yasmani Grandal strikeout to block three base runners) and the sixth round.
All the while, Johnny Cueto battled on, allowing two runs (one earned) on five frames before a two-run home run from Teoscar Hernández blew up the contest in the sixth.
The Bats finally broke through against Manoah, scoring three in the eighth inning off a Luis Robert brace and a Yoán Moncada RBI single, drawing the visitors up 4-3 and setting up a potentially thrilling finish.
But just when the offense showed signs of life, the bullpen gave way. Reynaldo López allowed the Blue Jays’ first four hitters from the bottom of the eighth to reach – on a double, a walk, a double and a hitter – and ceded the mound to Aaron Bummer after leaving a run and loading the bases without nobody outside.
Bummer briefly halted the bleeding by retiring Toronto’s next two batters in short order. But singles from Santiago Espinal (off Bummer) and Bo Bichette (off Jimmy Lambert) secured the Blue Jays a five-point victory.
The loss dropped the White Sox to 23-26 this season and reduced their point differential to -55, the second-lowest in the American League. Worse yet, another grueling road streak against the Tampa Bay Rays looms directly on the horizon. Then back home for the Dodgers.
At the start of the season, these teams would have been seen as measuring sticks for the White Sox in the context of October’s deep aspirations. Now the battered White Sox can only hope to keep their heads above water in the period ahead.
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