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Blue Jays 4, White Sox 2: OVER .500 PARTY

Good lord, it’s been a long time. For the first time since finishing the 2016 season 89-73, the Blue Jays are above .500. It feels good. It feels really good.

Things worth mentioning…

  • Jaime Garcia’s first start as a Blue Jay was a success. The late addition from the off-season tossed six strong innings allowing just one run on four hits and two walks while striking out seven. He looked completely locked in from the beginning of the game pitching with excellent command and keeping the White Sox hitters off balance. Though he was kind of an afterthought as a late-winter signing, Garcia could end up being a huge addition to this rotation.
  • Garcia didn’t earn the win because Seung Hwan Oh allowed Welington Castillo to hit a solo bomb in the seventh inning. After Oh, though, the Jays ‘pen was excellent. Ryan Tepera allowed Jose Abreu to hit a double but struck out two guys to work around it. His fastball was touching 97 and his slider looked wicked. Then Roberto Osuna came in for the ninth and completely overpowered the Sox for the save.
  • This was yet another come-from-behind win for the Jays in the late innings. They did it twice against the Yankees over the weekend and followed the script yet again tonight. The team’s pitching has been very good and when you have power up and down the lineup you’re never really out of the game. It’s only a three-game winning streak, but seeing the combination of strong starts, lock-down relief, and late-inning power work to perfection is promising.
  • The White Sox have a pitcher who’s last name is Bummer. That’s impossibly ridiculous and it’s the most White Sox thing ever.
  • Also, if Chicago’s first base coach is going to blow a whistle like it’s goddamn little league every time the Sox make a good play, is he going to do it when they make an error too?