RA Dickey took his inconsistent knuckle ball to the Windy City hoping to to build on his success against the Giants. Unlike the Giants, however, Dickey faces a team that is struggling. The Chicago White Sox lost 10 of 13 coming into this game, but split a series against the Oakland A’s over the weekend. Dylan Axelrod took the hill for the Southsiders.
Chasing the 1930 Phillies
A big first inning at the Baker Bowl for the 1930 Phillies against the Boston Braves paved the way to their 2nd straight win. An error by 2B Fresco Thompson didn’t do any damage, and was more than covered by the 2-3-4 batters going 8-10, 2 HR, 6 R. Chuck Klein’s homer was his20th and his 2 RBI gave him 80 for the season. Lefty O’Doul’s 3-hit day boosted his BA to .407, slightly ahead of Klein’s .404 mark. Monk Sherlock hit clean up and was 3-3 with O’Doul and Klein on base in front of him all day. Phil Collins pitched a complete game, giving up 3 runs as the Phils enjoyed some cheese steaks after a 2-10 road trip. Check the boxscore here.
Similar to the 1930 Phillies the Jays got off to a big start against the White Sox. A lead off single by Melky scored on a first pitch home run by Jose Bautista. A 2-out walk to Colby Rasmus came close to scoring on a long fly ball to the warning track by Josh Thole.
RA Dickey gave up a lead off single in the first, but no other damage was done. It was the 2nd inning when he reverted to form. Another lead off single and 2 one-out singles loaded the bases as fog rolled in off Lake Michigan. Jose Bautista motioned that he couldn’t see anything, but he snared a fly ball and tried to throw Adam Dunn out at the plate. Dunn scored to make the score 2-1 Jays. Another base hit by Alejandro De Aza scored a pair to make the score 3-2. Somehow, deep inside, it’s not surprising that Dickey’s great start in San Francisco was a one-off, even with last year’s catcher behind the plate for this game. Did they recall Brad Lincoln so he can pitch in this one, too?
After a long fog delay (1:10 hours), the Jays picked off Gordon Beckham to end the bottom of the third inning. Beckham had been HBP between a Viciedo double and a Gimenez walk. When play resumed Thole picked Beckham off 2B.
In the top of the 4th inning, Izturis and Kawasaki singled before Jose Bautista hit a 2-out, 3-run home run to put the Jays on top once again. Make it 5-4 Jays.
Not to be outdone, RA Dickey gave up a double to Alexei Ramirez, Paul Konerko was HBP, then Adam Dunn hit his 2nd HR of the game, making the score 7-5 ChiSox. Dickey gave back all the runs that scored when Bautista homered in the top of the inning. Seeing as how he claimed that the injury issues (‘Knot in his back/neck’) were over, I wonder what his excuse will be this time?
Adam Lind hit the ball to the wall in the top of the 4th inning with two out, narrowly missing a 2-run homer. This, along with Thole’s long fly ball out, means the Jays were within a few feet of 2 more HR and 6 more runs in the game. Colby Rasmus then homered in the top of the 5th inning to take back one of the runs Dickey gave up. Rasmus is now 5-7, 3 HR, 2 BB head-to-head against Dylan Axelrod. The two walks came earlier in this game.
The two teams traded a few hits after the starters left the game. Relievers for both teams pitched reasonably well after both starters were ineffective. The Jays threatened a couple of times, but 1-11 with RISP and 12 LOB tells the story of how clutch they were. Without Bautista the score is 7-1; they still lose, just not by as much.
A couple errors by the Keystone Jays in the bottom of the eighth brought in an insurance run. The culprits were Encarnacion and Bonifacio. Interestingly, it was Bonifacio’s first error in ages and Buck and Tabby were crowing about how good he’s been at 2B. It’s funny how completely out of touch 2 commentators can be. I mean they’re right there watching this middle infield make mental errors and play with the range of a bowl of maple syrup. It’s hard to believe that 2 former pros are singing the praises of 2 utility infielders who are playing full time.
RA Dickey doesn’t fool anyone for very long. The White Sox changed their approach after flailing away earlier this season (6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO), and he had no answer for them. They were more patient, they didn’t swing at much that was out of the strike zone, they didn’t strike out, and the game reflected their approach. Disconcertingly, the White Sox are generally undisciplined at the plate but they squared him up all night long, and even many of their outs were hard hit outs.
The Blue Jays’ “ace” gave up 10 hits, 1 BB, 0 SO, and 7 ER in 5 IP. It’s unclear whether acting manager DeMarlo Hale went to the ‘pen because Dickey was useless or because he’d thrown 98 pitches. Anyways, it’s the 3rd time this season he’s given up 10+ hits, and the 5th time he’s given up 5 or more runs. His first game with his old catcher was a wash.
This game highlights the Jays’ weaknesses. Their starting rotation is terrible, their middle infield is terrible, their defense is laughable, and their offense isn’t timely. This team is just bad. It’s appropriate that they played tonight in the fog. What can we expect for the rest of 2013? Is there any reason not to expect more of the same?