The slamming Chicago White Sox show continued Wednesday night in Toronto. Entering the game with 12 home runs, the Sox added two to that total, which now stands at a league-leading 14.
The White Sox have been no stranger to home runs this year, especially Matt Davidson. Davidson who entered the year on a roster bubble has enjoyed an exceptionally hot start to his season.
Davidson’s home run in the second inning off of Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez was his fourth of the year which ties him for the major league lead with three others. Joining Davidson on the power show tonight was Jose Abreu, who took a 3-0 fastball to deep center in the eighth inning to break a 3-3 tie and eventually win the game.
The game was not without controversy though. With the bases loaded in the fifth inning, Yoan Moncada took a pitch to the wall in left field, but Curtis Granderson appeared to make an impressive juggling catch. After a long review, nearly five minutes, the umpire crew had decided the ball had, in fact, hit the top of the wall before hitting Granderson’s glove and being caught. The resulting run came only after Blue Jays manager John Gibbons argued that Moncada should be called out for passing Adam Engel on the base paths, but it was after the umpires had originally called him out and Moncada was ruled safe.
Following the long review, Aaron Sanchez promptly plunked Avisail Garcia driving in another run. The review and overturn became a pivotal moment in the game.
It was a tough night for Aaron Sanchez, as a dispute with home plate umpire Greg Gibson prior the fifth inning left Sanchez clearly rattled entering the inning and trouble ensued for the young righty. The gripes for Sanchez continued for the rest of his day primarily over Gibson’s strike zone. Strike zones have been a hot topic for the entirety of the series with Toronto.
Opposite of Sanchez was Carson Fulmer. Before the game, Don Cooper lashed out at those who have “written off” Fulmer due to his struggles in spring training. Cooper said there is no room for the “negative stuff” and after his performance tonight, Fulmer will not be subject to any said negative stuff.
Overcoming a shaky first inning that saw him struggle with control, Fulmer was in control. striking out five in five innings, and allowing only weak contact to the others. Fulmer likely should have only been charged with one earned run on the day, had it not been for two dropped balls in the outfield that was generously ruled hits by the Blue Jays home scorekeeper. Fulmer was removed by Rick Renteria in the fifth inning after allowing the first two batters to reach. It was clear that Fulmer needed today to build his confidence after a terrible spring.
Joakim Soria picked up the save, showing off a devastating curveball that dropped Sox play-by-play man Jason Benneti’s jaw. The White Sox pitching staff was also able to end Josh Donaldson‘s streak of consecutive games with home runs against the pale hose. The streak died at five.
The White Sox will open up their 2018 home slate tomorrow with James Shields taking the bump, weather permitting, against the Detroit Tigers. Their record now stands at 3-2.