That was the best start we've had from Mark Buehrle in a long time, and he still didn't make it out of the 6th inning. He gave up lead off hits in 5 of 6 innings, but, until the 6th, he was able to keep the Sox off the board. He gave up 7 hits, but didn't walk anyone, had three strikeouts, but kept the ball in the park. He did give up a couple of fly balls to the track, which had me thinking he'd be better off in a bigger park than Rogers Centre. He was much better than he has been of late.
White Sox fans gave Mark a very nice welcome and applauded him when he left the game. I wish Blue Jays fans would treat their former players like that when they come to town.
He came out of the game with 2 runners on and 1 out in the 6th, having allowed a run (and a 3-1 lead). Dustin McGowan came in and threw a 'wild pitch' (lousy ruling by the official scorer, it should have been a passed ball), then sac fly, making it a 1 run game, then ground ball single to tie things up. Brett Cecil came in to get the last out of the inning.
Fortunately, Cecil (getting the win), Aaron Sanchez and Casey Janssen (getting his first save of August) kept Chicago from scoring for the rest of the game. Sanchez again, looked very good. You have to like a guy that can throw 97 and has a great curve.
Our offense had one of there best games in a long time. We had 13 hits. The big hit was a 2-run triple (really a double plus an error, but that was a lot of running for a less than speed player, let's call it a triple) by Melky Cabrera that give us our lead back. Jose Bautista followed with a single to put us back up by three.
We scored 2 in the 2nd inning. Edwin Encarnacion led off with a single and Danny Valencia doubled. A sac fly by Dioner Navarro and a single by Nolan Reimold scored them. We got another in the 5th. Colby Rasmus doubled and Jose Reyes singled him home.
Jays of the Day are Reyes (.212 WPA), Cabrera (.128), Danny Valencia (.107), Sanchez (.098) and Buehrle (.095).
Suckage goes to McGowan (-.231), but if Navarro would have blocked the 'wild pitch', things would have gone much better for him.
We had a quieter then normal, but very pleasant GameThread. 620 comments. Nadia lead us to victory, I think her first win of the season. Great job, young lady.