Berrios struggles, Blue Jays faulter for fourth loss in five games

Stefan Luciani
FiredUp Network Sports Writer


Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Final Score: 8-7

CHICAGO–Following a series against the powerhouse New York Yankees over the weekend that saw them outscored 25-13 over the three-game span, it was made very clear who the AL front runners are, and the gap that exists between the Yankees, and quite frankly, everybody else. 


Down 8-3 in Sunday’s series finale though, the Blue Jays surged late which led to a massive comeback win over the Bronx Bombers, so it’s safe to say many were expecting the momentum to carry over into Chicago where Toronto kicked off a six-game road trip against the White Sox.


Jose Berrios was on the mound following what has been a solid string of starts for him in the month of June boasting a record of 2-0 and a WHIP of .92 with opposing batters hitting just .213 off of him during the stretch. Unfortunately for him, he fell back into old ways on Monday night going just four innings surrendering six runs on nine hits including three home runs while punching out just one. The performance saw the Blue Jays lose their fourth in five games 8-7 to their AL Central foes as they sit a whopping 12.0 games back from those very same Yankees they played over the weekend. 


Andrew Vaughan was just a triple away from the cycle in his final at-bat on Monday, but would settle for his second single of the game, and a perfect night at the plate as the DH did exactly what the job entails - he hit. Vaughan recorded a solo shot in the fourth inning, along with Josh Harrison and Luis Robert who both knocked two-run shots off a struggling Berrios.


“He was missing arm-side, so all his breaking pitches were in the heart of the zone,” manager Charlie Montoyo said, “and he paid the price for it.”


Berrios kept his analysis a touch more to the point.


“It was a rough night for me," he said postgame.


The Blue Jays drew first blood in the top of the second inning when Raimel Tapia cracked a two-run jack off Lance Lynn to the opposite field wall. The outfielder has been carrying a bit of a hot bat of late hitting .333 with nine hits and four RBIs over his last seven games. But the White Sox were just having one of those nights collecting thirteen hits including two from SS Tim Anderson who was activated off the IL prior to the contest. 


“I was seeing the ball real well, so if I just stay right there where I'm at, just continue to keep pushing, I'll be in a good spot,” Anderson said.


It was his first big-league game since May 29th. 


Down 8-2 late in this one, the Blue Jays attempted to rally, making things interesting with a three-run double from Teoscar Hernandez in the sixth. It would remain an 8-5 ballgame before Cavan Biggio crushed a two-run shot of his own in the top of the ninth inning. The resurgence of Biggio has been a sight to see for the Blue Jays and fans alike. Despite the lower batting average, the infielder has kept up a slugging percentage of over .500 over his last 7 games putting on a nice display of his power stroke.


The effort would end there as the following at-bat would result in a George Springer ground out to seal the deal.



The Blue Jays are dealing with a tough slate of injury trouble at the moment with a large number of key bullpen figures taking stints on the IL. LHP Andrew Vasquez (right foot/ankle) remains with some newer additions like RHP Julian Merryweather (left oblique strain), LHP Tyler Saucedo (right hip discomfort) and Trevor Richards (neck strain). Hyun Jin Ryu underwent Tommy John surgery last week and isn’t expected to return until early-midway through the 2023 season. 



The Blue Jays will look to bounce back with game two Tuesday night as they'll turn to Kevin Gausman (5-6, 3.21 ERA) who has been getting shelled of late. The White Sox will give the ball to Dylan Cease (5-3, 2.91 ERA) who on the other hand, has been looking solid. First pitch goes tonight just after 8PM.