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Blue Jays Series: Late Game Let Downs Cost Toronto The Series

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The Blue Jays Series against the Chicago White Sox was another example of how the bullpen and late-game situations have cost Toronto over and over again. The Blue Jays headed to Chicago for a three-game series against the White Sox and an injury list that continues to grow daily. Toronto has been one of many teams battling the injury bug all season.

They have managed to remain above .500 with an extremely depleted pitching staff and key players in their outfield and infield as well as their batting order. George Springer still remains out of the lineup, however, he appears close to beginning his rehab assignment. Cavan Biggio is also still out of the lineup, along with catchers Danny Jansen and Alejandro Kirk.

Blue Jays Series: Game One, Bullpens Melt Down Cost Them, Again

Robbie Ray was the game-one starter for the Blue Jays Series against the White Sox, Robbie Ray has been fantastic since rejoining the Blue Jays after missing the season opener. He was once again dealing for the Blue Jays in Chicago pitching into the seventh inning and pitching six scoreless innings before giving up the only run he surrendered in the seventh inning. Robbie Ray finished the game with five hits allowed, one run given up while racking up 13 strikeouts.

Unfortunately, the Blue Jays offense could only muster up one run while Ray was on the mound and when the bullpen took over, the game got away from Toronto quickly. The eighth inning was a complete meltdown as the Blue Jays give up five runs to Chicago and another terrific outing from a Blue Jays starting pitcher is wasted. Toronto drops to 30-28 on the season and drops the series opener in a tough loss.

Game Two, Blue Jays Flip The Script From Game One

The Blue Jays Series was evened up after a terrific game two, this time the Blue Jays bullpen was able to keep Chicago off the scoreboard in the later parts of the game. Blue Jays top pitching prospect Alek Manoah got the nod for his third MLB start in game two and he was consistent and accurate in his outing. Toronto allowed one run in the first inning to Chicago but Alek Manoah would settle in pitching three scoreless innings before Chicago would score their second run of the game. Alek Manoah pitched five complete innings, allowing two runs, only one earned run and had four strikeouts in a no-decision.

Blue Jays reliever Tyler Chatwood would pick up the win thanks to the Blue Jays bats, they scored three runs in the eighth inning before adding two more in the ninth inning giving them a 6-2 lead. Toronto would hold on to the lead in the bottom half of the ninth inning on route to recording their 31st win of the 2021 MLB season.

Game Three, Blue Jays Bats Go Silent, Again

The Blue Jays Series finale against the Chicago White Sox was another example of pitching and hitting not being able to work together in the same game, a repetitive outcome for Toronto early on this season. Hyun-Jin Ryu was on the mound for the series finale and aside from a rough first inning, he allowed three earned runs, Hyun-Jin Ryu was giving the Blue Jays ample amount of chances to get in the game. Ryu pitched five scoreless innings following the first inning, he lasted six innings, giving up five hits and three earned runs, he had three strikeouts in the game.

Toronto just could not find the gaps or the runs to mount a comeback in the series finale, Toronto had 34 at-bats, they tallied eight hits and two runs against the White Sox. Toronto drops to three games above .500 after the series finale against Chicago, Toronto now holds a 31-29 record in 2021 as they get set to take on the AL East division leaders the Boston Red Sox.

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