Ryu gets knocked around, Blue Jays drop final of four-game set with White Sox

Matt Dionne
FiredUp Network Sports Writer


Thursday, August 26, 2021

The Toronto Blue Jays were looking win their second game in a row in the fourth and final game of their series with the Chicago White Sox.

Toronto drew first blood in the bottom of the first, as Marcus Semien hit his 31st home run of the season, giving the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead.

The lead, however, was short-lived, as Chicago tied things up in the top of the second, on a solo home run from Cesar Hernandez.

Then, in the top of the third, the White Sox took the lead on a two-run shot from Louis Robert, after a nine-pitch battle of an at-bat with Hyun-jin Ryu.

That wasn’t all for Chicago’s offense, as Jose Abreu added another home run in the inning, extending the Chicago lead to 4-1.

The White Sox added three more runs in the top of the fourth, extending their lead to 7-1, which forced Manager Charlie Montoyo to end Ryu’s day early, and go to the bullpen.

The Blue Jays cut into the White Sox’s lead in the bottom of the fifth, as Reese McGuire scored from second on a single to deep left field from Semien.

However, the White Sox added two more runs in the top of the sixth, extending the lead to 9-2.

Heading into the bottom of the sixth, the Blue Jays appeared to be dead in the water. However, a five-run rally from Toronto got them right back in the game, and shrunk the deficit to just two runs.

Chicago finally answered in the top of the ninth, a solo home run from Eloy Jimenez, which extended the White Sox lead to 10-7.

Unfortunately for Toronto, they were unable to muster any further offense, as they were blanked in the final frame, and they dropped the game 10-7.

It was a rough outing from Ryu, and a stark contrast from his previous start—he played just three-and-two-thirds innings, giving up seven earned runs on seven hits, compared to his previous game when he pitched seven innings and gave up just five hits and no earned runs with five strikeouts.

After Ryu’s early exit, the bullpen stopped the bleeding for the most part, as Trent Thornton, Brad Hand, Tayler Saucedo, Joakim Soria, and Trevor Richards combined for five-and-one-third innings, giving up just three runs on five hits.

It was a big game from Semien, who recorded three hits in five at-bats including two home runs, and he was responsible for four of Toronto’s seven runs.

Semien has now hit 32 home runs for the season, just one short of his career-best, and, with 36 games still to play, it stands to reason he’ll be able to top that before the end of the season.

With the loss, Toronto falls to five games back of Boston for the final wild-card spot in the American League (if Boston wins their evening game with Minnesota, they’ll move 5.5 games ahead of the Blue Jays).

Toronto will look to stack some wins together starting on Friday when they travel to Detroit for a three-game series with Tigers. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m.