A week that began with high expectations for the south-siders quickly turned sour as the Blue Jays took the first two games of the series at the Cell including a 4-0 shut out last night. Sox starting pitcher, Jose Quintana had another solid outing only giving up 2 runs in his 6 innings of work. However, he was no match for Toronto’s Brandon Morrow who pitched his 3rd complete game shutout of the year (pitching 9 innings without allowing a run). The Sox could only muster 2 hits all night, both coming off the bat of AJ Pierzynski.
What You Need to Know:
- The Sox are on the verge of being swept by the Jays! They will need a win tonight to avoid it. The Sox haven’t lost a series since May 13th when they were swept by the Kansas City Royals.
- In recent years, the Sox have struggled against the Toronto Blue Jays going 11-28. Although both lineups have changed, including Alex Rios being traded from the Jays to the Sox, Chicago just can’t seem to find an answer to this talented Canadian club.
- This has been a good year for some Sox hitters. AJ Pierzynski is on pace to set career records in home runs and RBIs. He currentlys leads all catchers with 37 RBIs. Adam Dunn is also on pace for 53 homeruns, another possible career high!
You Take Away Piece: “Last night was an extremely dull game to watch. The Sox will need a win tonight to hold onto their first place standing in the division. While the Sox have lost their last 2 games, the Cleveland Indians have won their last 2, leaving only a half a game separating them in the standings.”
What’s Next: Jake Peavy looks to right the ship for the White Sox as he goes up against Henderson Alvarez. Jake only gave up 2 runs last week against Seattle and was able to earn a victory. Hopefully the Sox hitters will support his pitching efforts like they have for his last 4 games with an average of over 8.5 runs per game!