Blue Jays dominated by Sale, White Sox in 10-1 loss
R.A. Dickey was no match for Chris Sale as the Toronto Blue Jays dropped their second straight game to the Chicago White Sox 10-1 on Tuesday night at the Rogers Centre.
Dickey was victimized by the home run ball once again, allowing a solo shot to Avisail Garcia in the third to open the scoring and a two-run shot to Dioner Navarro in the seventh to end his night.
The knuckleballer left after 6.0+ innings, allowing six earned runs on eight hits with three strikeouts. This start moves the veteran’s season ERA to 6.75.
Joe Biagini entered in relief and immediately threw his way into three hard-luck singles without allowing any hard contact. He quickly buckled down, though, pitching two strong innings with a pair of strikeouts and some nice tailing action on his fastball.
Drew Storen was tasked with the ninth inning, but quickly allowed a solo home run to Adam Eaton and recorded just one out. Pat Venditte cleaned up after him, but Storen was saddled with three earned runs on four hits, bringing his season ERA up to 9.39.
The Blue Jays bats had a much more difficult time against Sale, who allowed just one earned run on four hits while striking out six over eight full innings.
Edwin Encarnacion‘s 200th career home run as a member of the Blue Jays, a no-doubter to centre-field in the seventh inning, represented the only offence of the game. A double from Michael Saunders, his eighth of the season, was the only other instance worth mentioning at the dish.
Third baseman Matt Dominguez got his first start of the season after being recalled earlier in the day. The former Houston Astro had been hitting .311 with two home runs and 14 RBIs in 17 games with the triple-A Buffalo Bisons. He lived up to his strong defensive reputation, robbing Garcia of a double down the left-field line in the eighth.
Russell Martin was held out again as he deals with neck spasms, giving another start to Josh Thole.
Marco Estrada (1-1, 2.50 ERA) is scheduled to start against Jose Quintana (2-1, 1.82 ERA) in the series finale on Wednesday as they look to avoid the sweep.