Bo's slam lifts Jays over White Sox to avoid sweep

Stefan Luciani
FiredUp Network Sports Writer


Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Final Score: 9-5

CHICAGO–The Toronto Blue Jays had yet to be swept in a season series thus far this season. They headed into the third of a three-game set with the Chicago White Sox on the brink of one for the second series in a row though. But once again, the bats came alive, and a 13-hit performance as well as another grand slam like Sunday’s series saver against the Yankees, saw them take the finale in Chicago 9-5. 


It was Santiago Espinal who led off for the Jays lineup on Wednesday afternoon as George Springer was kept out of the lineup following his removal from Tuesday's contest with some elbow discomfort. No Springer? No problem for the Blue Jays though as Ross Stripling grabbed his fourth win of the season to help the Jays salvage a win and prevent them from dropping six of their last seven. 


Stripling continues to make a case for this team’s true MVP as it appears Ryu’s spot in the rotation is his to lose at this point. The righty delivered six innings of one-run ball allowing just five hits and a lone walk while punching out five. 


Alejandro Kirk currently leads all catchers in All-Star weekend votes and sits third overall behind Aaron Judge and Mike Trout with just shy of 1.1 million votes. So, of course, it’s only fitting that he continue to do Alejandro Kirk things. The catcher opened the scoring in the first inning with an RBI single that brought around Santiago Espinal. But baseball is just too easy for a guy like Kirk as he decided to add some more offence with a solo shot to center field just two innings later. He holds thefifth-highestt batting average in the American League at .307 and acareer-highh WAR of 2.8.


Bo Bichette grabbed some attention for himself though, crushing a no-doubter over the wall in left field for a grand slam in the fourth inning to give the Jays a 7-0 lead. They would tack on two more with a two-run blast off the bat of Teoscar Hernandez in the top of the seventh.


The White Sox would grab a couple to make things a little closer than I’m sure Jays fans would’ve liked with Adam Cimber struggling through a third of an inning giving up three runs on four hits. But Toronto would hold on to avoid the three-game sweep from a strong-hitting Chicago team.



There has been no word yet on the status of OF George Springer (right elbow discomfort) who was removed from Tuesday's loss to Chicago. He is expected to be undergoing evaluations currently.