14-strikeout gem from Robbie Ray propels Blue Jays past White Sox in third of four-game set
FiredUp Network Sports Writer
Wednesday, August 25, 2021
The Toronto Blue Jays were looking to get back in the win column in game three of their four-game series with the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday (August 25).
Once again, it was the White Sox who struck first, as Leury Garcia scored on a single from Yoan Moncada in the top of the third.
In the bottom of the fourth, Toronto evened the score, as Vladimir Guerrero Jr. got a great jump on a knock from Corey Dickerson—he went first to home and knotted things up at 1-1.
In the bottom of the eighth, Toronto took their first lead of the game, as Teoscar Hernandez scored from second on a single from Alejandro Kirk.
Then, Toronto got some insurance, as Randal Grichuk worked a four-pitch walk with the bases loaded, which brought Breyvic Valera home from third.
With a two-run lead in the ninth, Manager Charlie Montoyo sent Jordan Romano to the mound, and he produced a scoreless inning for his 13th save of the season, as Toronto hung on for the 3-1 win.
It was another standout performance from Robbie Ray, who continues to make the case that his name belongs in the American League Cy Young conversation.
Ray pitched seven innings, giving up just one earned run on five hits and he struck out 14 batters—it is the seventh time this season he has struck out 10 or more in a game.
Ray also became the first left-handed pitcher in Blue Jays’ history to strike out 14 batters in a single game.
With the win, Toronto moves half a game closer to the Boston Red Sox for the final wild-card spot in the American League.
Toronto will look to pick up another big win in the final game of the series on Thursday, which is an afternoon game—the first pitch is scheduled for 3:07 p.m.