CHICAGO—Three things — no, make that four — that you need to know about the Blue Jays’ 7-6, 12-inning loss to the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night at Guaranteed Rate Field:
The blown save
Jordan Romano has been nearly flawless for the Jays this season, but that wasn’t the case Tuesday night. He entered in the ninth inning trying to protect a two-run lead and retired the first two batters he faced before his outing went haywire. Tim Anderson walked, and Andrew Vaughn doubled to put the tying run on second. Luis Robert evened the score with a two-run single before Bradley Zimmer made a diving grab in centre to strand the winning run at third. It was Romano’s third blown save in 20 opportunities this season and his first since May 10.
The Jays had plenty of chances to put the game out of reach after Romano’s blown save but couldn’t capitalize. They scored the “ghost runner” in both the 10th and 11th innings, yet stranded the go-ahead runs in scoring position each time. Matt Chapman struck out with runners on first and second in the 10th. One frame later, the Jays had runners on second and third with one out. Bo Bichette hit a weak grounder to a drawn-in infield, which prompted the normally even-keeled shortstop to smash his helmet in disgust upon entering the dugout. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. followed with a grounder to third to end the threat.
Walking it off
The Jays ran out of pitchers by the 11th inning and didn’t have any other choice but to turn to left-handed rookie Matt Gage. In his first inning of work, Gage allowed the White Sox to tie the game, but he held them there and got the Jays to the 12th. After Charlie Montoyo’s squad came up empty in top half of the frame, Gage was sent back out for a second inning of work. The 29-year-old Gage got two of the first three batters he faced before Josh Harrison singled to centre to pick up the third walk-off victory of the season for his team. The Jays dropped to 2-3 in extra-inning games this season.
Springer leaves early
George Springer was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the top of the eighth because of “right elbow discomfort.” Springer has missed games before because of an elbow issue, both in 2018 and 2020, but each of those absences came after he got hit by a pitch. It wasn’t immediately clear how Springer sustained his latest injury, but a day earlier he was spotted by Sportsnet cameras rubbing his elbow during a conversation with Bo Bichette. Springer struck out in all three plate appearances against White Sox starter Dylan Cease and it’s possible he aggravated the area on one of his swings.
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Three things: Romano blows save, Jays miss chances, Springer leaves loss early