Blue Jays can’t overcome rough first inning, drop game two of four-game series with White Sox

Matt Dionne
FiredUp Network Sports Writer


Tuesday, August 24, 2021

After picking up a big win on Monday, the Toronto Blue Jays were looking to win their second game in a row on Tuesday (August 24) in game two of their four-game series with the Chicago White Sox.

Unfortunately for Toronto, it was a disastrous start for starter Jose Berrios, who allowed the first four White Sox batters to reach base, which culminated in a three-run home run from Jose Abreu.

Eight White Sox stepped into the batter’s box in the first, and Chicago scored four runs before Berrios struck out Zack Collins to end the inning.

Chicago added to their lead in the top of the fourth, as Abreu hit a ground ball to Santiago Espinal, which brought Luis Robert home from third, extending the lead to 5-0.

Toronto finally ended the shutout in the seventh, as Corey Dickerson went yard, his third home run since he was acquired by the Blue Jays.

The Blue Jays cut into the White Sox lead in the bottom of the ninth, as Teoscar Hernandez came home from third on a base hit from Lourdes Gurriel Jr.

However, that was all the offence the Blue Jays could muster in the final inning, as they lost 5-2.

It was another frustrating start for Berrios, who only made it through three innings before he was replaced by Trent Thornton to start the fourth.

In his last three starts, Berrios has given up 16 hits, one walk, and nine runs in 16 innings of work, and all three have been losses.

The Blue Jays bullpen gave their bats every chance to mount a comeback, Trent Thornton, rookie Connor Overton, and Brad Hand gave up one run through six combined innings. Overton also recorded his first career strike out in the big leagues.

With the loss, Toronto falls to five games behind the Boston Red Sox for the final wild-card spot in the American League, and, with under 40 games remaining on the schedule, and none against Boston, time is running out for Toronto to narrow the gap.

They’ll have another chance against Chicago in game three on Wednesday, which is scheduled to start at 7:07 p.m.