Though the series started off solidly, the Blue Jays, now sans-Socrates Brito, limped to a series loss against the middling Chicago White Sox (18-21) in yet another disappointing series. With an inability to hit in big moments and some uneasy performances from their bullpen, the team’s record now sits 16-24, the third worst in the American League.
Here’s a look at the good, the bad, and the weird from this weekend’s admirably pink series against Chicago at Rogers Centre:
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (3-for-10, 2B, 2 BB) had some excellent at-bats, while Freddy Galvis (4-for-11, 5 TB, RBI, BB, R) got back into a groove with a great series at the dish. Randal Grichuk (3-for-11, 3 R, 11 TB, 4 RBI, BB) also had some quality plate appearances.
In the bullpen, Daniel Hudson (2.0 IP, ER 2 H, 3 SO) was serviceable in one start (serving as an opener) and a relief appearance, and Joe Biagini (2.1 IP, 2 SO, 0 H, 0 R) and Tim Mayza (1.2 IP, 4 SO, H, 0 R) were both solid in their appearances.
In the rotation, Marcus Stroman (6.1 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 4 SO) had a decent outing. Additionally, Sam Gaviglio (2.2 IP, ER, HR, 3 SO, H) logged a solid outing Friday night, despite allowing a home run. Thomas Pannone (1.2 IP, H, 1 SO, 0 R) also had a solid outing after a rough stretch against Minnesota and Texas.
Oh, and seeing Marcus Stroman’s mother Adlin throw out the first pitch to her son was pretty sweet.
Although he was tremendous behind the plate, Danny Jansen (0-for-7, 2 SO) had another hapless series at the plate, as did Justin Smoak (0-for-8, 2 SO), despite the latter walking four times in the first game. Newcomer Jonathan Davis (0-for-6, 2 SO, 0 TB) scuffled offensively, so to did Eric Sogard (1-for-8, 1 TB).
Aaron Sanchez (6.0 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 11 SO) had his start marred by an awful fourth inning, while relievers Derek Law (0.2 IP, 2 ER, 2 BB) and Elvis Luciano (1.0 IP, ER, H, 2 BB) struggled as well.
In smaller sample sizes, Brandon Drury (0-for-3, 0 TB) was also invisible with the bat, lowering his batting average to .203 in 128 at-bats.
As he was being removed from his start, Marcus Stroman had some “choice words” for manager Charlie Montoyo and pitching coach Pete Walker. Montoyo addressed the spat after the game, saying that he “appreciates” the passion Stroman brings to the game.
Though it caused some concern at the time, it’ll likely be remembered the same way a certain Tom Ford incident is in the mind of Blue Jays fans.
After a much needed day off on Monday, the Blue Jays will fly to San Francisco to play a two-game mini set against Kevin Pillar and the Giants. The Giants (17-23) will send former Toronto draft pick Tyler Beede (0-1, 18.69 ERA, 5 SO) to the hill against Trent Thornton (0-4, 5.06 ERA, 39 SO) in the first game, while the second game will feature two starters that have yet to be announced.