Toronto finally gets to the White Sox bullpen, uses two late home runs to win 7-4

SHARE Toronto finally gets to the White Sox bullpen, uses two late home runs to win 7-4

The White Sox bullpen had been lights-out this year against the Toronto Blue Jays, coming into Friday night’s game having tossed 16 1/3 scoreless innings over the previous five contests.

But the unblemished mark disappeared when closer Bobby Jenks yielded an opposite-field, solo home run to John Buck to break a 3-3 tie in the ninth inning.

“The ball Buck hit, I couldn’t believe it went out of the park, but he

hit it up in the jet stream tonight and it blew out,” catcher A.J. Pierzynski said.

Matt Thorton gave the Sox a chance to win by following Jenks with two shutout innings, in which he fanned five batters. The hard-throwing lefty has now struck out 23 in 14 2/3 innings of work this season, compared to just two walks.

Unfortunately, the Jays were able to touch the bullpen yet again in the 12th inning, when shortstop Alex Gonzalez blasted a two-out, three-run homer off JJ Putz.

“The last pitch was a split that didn’t do anything, just kinda stayed flat, Putz said. “The whole inning, my split was good. It was the right pitch it — just didn’t do what it was supposed to.

“When you make bad pitches like that, bad things are going to happen.”

Putz had gotten ahead of Gonzalez 1-2 before yielding the home run.

“It’s extremely frustrating,” he said of not being able to put Gonzalez away. “When you get ahead of a guy, you want to put him away. Like I said, it was the right pitch, I just didn’t execute it.”

The Latest
Varios en el grupo de vendedores han intentado diferentes medios para permanecer operando, pero dicen que se sienten aislados luego de haber trabajado juntos.
Chris Christie, who ran for president in 2016 and advised Donald Trump in 2016 and 2020, sees himself as the only candidate with the guts to take on Trump directly.
Familiares y amigos sueltan globos blancos y rosas en honor de Terry’a Adams, de 25 años, que esperaba empezar a estudiar enfermería en agosto.
Chicago is one of 19 U.S. metro areas taking part in the study of extreme heat in urban areas.
Astrud Gilberto became an overnight bossa nova superstar in 1964 when she was recruited to sing English vocals on the Stan Getz-Joao Gilberto hit ‘The Girl from Ipanema.’