Blue Jays Top White Sox 4-3, Anderson and Grichuk Both Smash Revenge Shots
So last night’s game continued a bad trend for the South Siders, as they fell 4-3 to the Blue Jays. After Jose Abreu got things started in the first with an RBI double, the Blue Jays came right back tagging Dylan Covey for three runs. The score remained close to that 3-1 lead, with the Sox eventually closing the gap to 4-3.
Bad starting pitching (AGAIN), not really much else to say about this game. The Sox have now dropped 3 in a row, falling to 16-21 on the year. And while our offense has been better than expected, you can’t score 10 every night. Eventually you need starting pitching to take command, which has been difficult to come by this year. I mean, these numbers are just straight up garbage across the board.
Giving up over 1.4 baserunners an inning apparently doesn’t lead to great success. Who knew?
But that’s all I’m going to say about the pitching in this game. Now it’s time for the real story – the Tim Anderson v. Randal Grichuk rivalry series. The rivalry baseball needs, representing the essence of the “Hey Maybe Having Fun in Baseball is Good” and “RESPECT THE GAME AND RUN AROUND WITH YOUR HEAD DOWN” crowds.
For those of you who may not remember, this all got started last month when Tim Anderson launched a go ahead home run vs. the Royals just before launching the Bat Flip Heard Round the World.
I could watch that for days. We all know the story from there, Tim Anderson gets plunked by Brad Keller, benches clear, Anderson, Keller, and Renteria all get ejected and suspended.
And then out of nowhere in a heroic act of courage, Randal Grichuk lent his expert opinion on the matter in his first tweet in almost a month. This courageous speaking out came in the form of a subtweet clearly directed at Anderson (unless you’re Randal, in which case it could have been anyone).
You come at the king you best not miss Randy.
Anywho, this was a series that Sox fans had been looking forward to for some time, to see the rivalry take place. Old vs. New. Fun vs. Respect. Let the Kids Play vs. Back in My Day. Maybe the pitcher should throw a better pitch vs. How Dare You Disrespect a Player for Beating Them. For two struggling teams, this was a big series for early May.
So back to that home run in the first – good old Randy got the first sweet taste of revenge of staff ace Dylan Covey.
Note the gentle bat drop on the ground. This heroic lack of emotions and sheer respect for the game gives me goosebumps. Score: Respect the Game 1, Team Fun 0.
Not to be outdone, our man Tim Anderson, Captain Fun himself, launched a rocket in the 7th to bring the score to 4-3.
Just in case you’re concerned TA7 gave in to Randy and placed his bat gently on the ground like it was a small child, rest assured fun was had on this hit.
I’ll be shocked if Randy doesn’t ask for the ball in today’s game to drill Timmy for this.
So there it is – both Tim Anderson and Randal Grichuk had their taste from the chalice of revenge in last night’s game. Randy hit a go ahead shot, placed the bat down, and circled the bases with a level of respect usually only reserved for the troops. Tim Anderson hit a moonshot to the second deck, followed by a (relatively) subdued bat flip before making his round trip.
Let the Kids Play: 1, Respect the Unwritten Rules: 1.
An absolute deadlock through one game, let’s see how this one pans out the rest of the weekend.