Credit- Keith Allison

R.A. Dickey Struggles as Blue Jays Lose to White Sox

The Toronto Blue Jays fell to the Chicago White Sox 10-1 as Chris Sale held the bats in check all night and R.A. Dickey struggled.

 

So, the Toronto Raptors won in dramatic fashion…

That’s about all the positives from a night in Toronto sports. The Blue Jays had it handed to them at Rogers Centre. R.A. Dickey continued his early season ways and the bats could not get going.

After dropping the first game of the series against the White Sox, you knew the Blue Jays would be in tough against lefty, Chris Sale. And, they were. The only hit the Blue Jays managed in the first 6 innings came in the form of a Darwin Barney single in the third inning. They’d managed just that one hit until Edwin Encarnacion went deep off Sale in the 7th inning to break the shutout.

R.A. Dickey had quite the opposite evening. Through 6 innings, he gave up 8 hits and 6 runs, a walk and 3 strike outs. He also gave up 2 home runs on the evening. It was a reasonable couple of innings to start, but then a solo home run to Avisail Garcia in the 3rd started the night of groans. It was the 5th inning that really broke the game open, which seems to be a theme this year.

 

After a Brett Lawrie single, a walk to Garcia and a Dioner Navarro single, Austin Jackson delivered the stinging blow with a a double to score 2. Adam Eaton would add a sac fly in the inning to bring the score to 4-0.

And, that was all Sale needed to stroll along. It’s not all he would get, of course. Navarro added a 2-run home run in the 7th, Jackson would score again on a Jose Abreu single. Sale was pumping 96mph into the 8th inning and the Blue Jays had no answer until Michael Saunders stroked a double to RF. Sale’s final line: 8 IP, 4H, 1ER, 2 BB, 6K.

Joe Biagini came in in the 7th inning and did a great job of shutting things down. He’d chip in 2 innings, giving up 3 hits a run and 2 strikeouts. Adam Eaton added a solo shot in the 9th off of Drew Storen. After a Jimmy Rollins double, Storen would allow another run as Todd Frazier singled in the 9th. Manager, John Gibbons made a pitching change with one out in the 9th. That’s a disappointment with the score at 9-1. Pat Venditte came on to get the last 2 outs. He walked Lawrie and gave up a sac fly (on a nice diving catch by Kevin Pillar) to bring the score to 10-1.

 

Play of the Game:

After being called up from Buffalo, Matt Dominguez is asked to fill in for the reigning AL MVP at third base. Looks like that shouldn’t be a problem:

Game Ball:

Well, we can’t really give to Sale, can we? So, I guess we’ll give it to Edwin Encarnacion for his 200th HR as a Blue Jay. And, it was a no doubter to CF. It broke the shutout, so that’s gotta count for something.

 

Turning Point:

The 5th inning. More specifically, the top half of the inning. Dickey giving up the tiny hits and then the big ones is getting frustrating. There are many out there who are forgetting that he’s a slow starter; as the weather warms, so does he. The grip on the knuckleball improves. Though, that argument holds less water when you’re talking about pitching in a dome.

 

News & Notes:

With his HR, Encarnacion pulled within 3 of George Bell on the Blue Jays’ All Time HR list. Bell sits at 203 blasts. With Edwin clearly heating up, he will surely pass Bell soon. Troy Tulowitzki committed his first error as a Blue Jay

 

Next Game:

The Blue Jays will look to salvage the series on Wednesday at 7:07. Marco Estrada gets the start against Jose Quintana.

 

 

 

*Featured Image Credit: Keith Allison UNDER CC BY-SA 2.0

 

 

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Shaun Doyle is a long time Blue Jays fan and writer! He decided to put those things together and create Jays From the Couch. Shaun is the host of Jays From the Couch Radio, which is highly ranked in iTunes, and he has appeared on TV and radio spots.

Shaun Doyle

Shaun Doyle is a long time Blue Jays fan and writer! He decided to put those things together and create Jays From the Couch. Shaun is the host of Jays From the Couch Radio, which is highly ranked in iTunes, and he has appeared on TV and radio spots.