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Fiery Blue Jays toss it to White Sox to avoid series sweep


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CHICAGO — It’s not like hockey where a big hit can set the tone for a game and release the frustration of a tough, lingering loss.

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But the mother beeps a disgruntled coach’s umpire before the first pitch? Why not?

Ahead of Wednesday’s 9-5 win over the White Sox, Blue Jays hitting coach Guillermo Martinez took one for the team — and a group of hitters still frustrated by a loss the night before.

Martinez went to the plate under the pretense of submitting the roster card and instead gave the umpiring team — and in particular Tuesday’s home plate umpire Doug Eddings — a good ear.

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Martinez was rocked for his antics and anger, but the Jays’ fire bats took over from there, with pent-up anger unleashed in an impressive victory that would have been a legit blowout until that a late Sox rally makes things somewhat interesting.

Riding a grand slam from Bo Bichette in the fourth, an inning after a solo shot from Alejandro Kirk started to play, the Jays avoided a sweep at the hands of the White Sox. The Bichette Bomb was a thing of beauty, coming out at high speed just inside the left-field foul post.

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The prize: A night’s rest in the Windy City before busing back to the shores of Lake Michigan for a weekend series against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Wednesday morning’s power plays – which also included a huge two-run shot from Teoscar Hernandez in the seventh inning – were welcome, especially for a Jays team that had lost six of its previous eight to see its stranglehold on the first place in the AL. the generic race is eroding.

The Jays allowed 13 total hits, regaining the offensive form that had shown in recent weeks.

It was also the perfect time for a blast to back up a pitching staff that had gone through the wringer the night before. The luxury of a big early lead kept manager Charlie Montoyo almost carefree until the end.

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Plus, the Jays got just what they needed from starter Ross Stripling, who allowed five hits in six innings and only one run allowed. The right-hander had five strikeouts while throwing a season-high 87 pitches.

Meanwhile, Eddings’ officiating the night before – which factored in a 7-6 12-inning loss – was truly horrific, a source of endless frustration for the Jays.

It prompted the ejection of pitching coach Pete Walker on Tuesday night and outraged countless Jays players. Martinez got rid of his chest moments before the first pitch and an inspired pack of hitters responded in his own way.

Springer sits

After leaving Tuesday’s game with what the team called forearm discomfort, center fielder George Springer was dropped from the roster on Wednesday.

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No official word on his return as the team assesses footage taken from Springer’s arm ahead of Wednesday’s game. In his place, Raimel Tapia started in the center.

AROUND THE BASES

The Jays could have made life much easier for themselves, but instead let a 9-1 lead come too close for comfort. It was a tough eighth inning for reliever Adam Cimber who allowed three runs and came out with the bases loaded, just one out and the Sox down four runs. But Trent Thornton came in to induce a few withdrawals to stifle the rally… It was another big game for All-Star Game voting darling receiver Alejandro Kirk. After an RBI single in the first, Kirk blasted his seventh homer of the season in the third… On Tuesday, Kirk showed some of his defensive prowess, knocking out Tim Anderson at first base in the fifth inning for his third lead pick-up of the AL of the Year … On Tuesday, the Jays were eliminated for the fourth time this season and fell to 2-3 in extra innings. The 12-inning losses were their longest game since May 202… Kirk, the out-of-control ASG voting leader, is on course to become the fourth All-Star receiver in franchise history (Russel Martin – 2015, John Buck – 2010, Ernie Whitt – 1985.) … The Sox managed to make Wednesday’s contest interesting with a pair of runs in the eighth, then loading the bases on reliever Adam Cimber

VLAD MVP?

Although he has yet to show his best form, Jays first baseman Vlad Guerrero Jr. landed his first AL Player of the Week of the season on Tuesday.

Guerrero hit .407 this week with three home runs and seven RBIs in seven games to earn the weekly honor for the fourth time in his career.

But what about the MVP speech? It is much more discreet than last year. In fact, the sportsbook bodog.ca has Guerrero listed at 25-1 odds, the seventh pick. Aaron Judge, who is having a stellar season with the Yankees, leads at 135-under, followed by Angels Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani, each at 5-1.

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