Instant Rationalization – A heartbreaking loss just par for the course in Toronto

Instant Rationalization – A heartbreaking loss just par for the course in Toronto
The White Sox's new house of horrors, the Rogers Centre, (flickriver.com)

The Rogers Centre has officially replaced the old Metrodome as the Sox’s house of horrors.  The home of the Blue Jays has been as annoying to the White Sox as the way "Centre" is spelled in its name.  Tonight’s 3-2 loss to the Blue Jays means that the Sox have lost 16 of their last 19 north of the border.

Adam Dunn single-handedly provided the White Sox offense, hitting a mammoth solo shot in the fourth inning and then hit the game-tying home run in the ninth inning to take Jake Peavy off the hook.

Peavy pitched superbly, but once again got no support.  Blue Jays starter Carlos Villanueva struck out eight White Sox, and Blue Jays pitching combined to whiff 16 White Sox.

The Blue Jays won the game when Leyson Septimo walked Kelly Johnson on four pitches, and then Nate Jones gave up singles to Edwin Encarnacion and the game-winner to David Cooper.

What is especially troubling about his loss is that Toronto is missing about half of their starting lineup (Jose Bautista, Brett Lawrie, J.P. Arrencibia, Colby Rasmus and Adam Lind) and yet the Sox still couldn’t pull out the win.  Then again, it still is Toronto.

Key Performers

Adam Dunn – 3-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI – Dunn’s two home runs accounted for all of the Sox offense and also allowed him to take over the major league lead for homers at 33.

Jake Peavy – 8 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K – Peavy has been a hard-luck pitcher all year, turning in another beautiful outing, yet only winding up with a no decision.

Moises Sierra (Who?) – 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB – Sierra’s first major league home run temporarily gave the Blue Jays the lead in the seventh inning.

Steve Delabar – 2 IP, 6 K – Delabar was the game’s winning pitcher and struck out all but one of the batters he faced.

Turning Point

When Leyson Septimo came in the game and walked Kelly Johnson on four pitches with one out in the eleventh inning,  an unsettling feeling manifested itself.  Lo and behold, Encarnacion executed a hit and run to perfection, advancing Johnson to third base and Cooper followed with the game-winning hit.

It’s almost as if you were waiting for something bad to happen, because of the Sox’s recent history in Toronto, and Septimo’s free pass was the start of the unraveling.

Things Would Be Different If…

…the Sox could muster up any offense whatsoever.  Alejandro De Aza got the golden sombrero by striking out four times, with Tyler Flowers and Gordon Beckham whiffed three times apiece.  In fact, White Sox hitters not named Adam Dunn only had struck out four times as many times as hits (16 to four).

Takeaway

The White Sox offense just isn’t the same without the captain anchoring the cleanup spot in the order.  Hopefully Dunn’s big game can snap him out of his recent funk and he can catch fire for the next week while Konerko remains out.  The White Sox do not have very much depth on offense, (especially since they sent down Jordan Danks in favor of bringing up another pitcher in Donnie Veal), so the Sox simply need to tread water and hope that Konerko can come back at full strength by the end of the week.

Overall Record: 62-52, 2 games up on Detroit

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