Toronto, Bautista Win Series Against Chicago With Late Dramatics in Game 3

May 29: Chicago 6, Toronto 1

Doyle Alexander’s dream season took a hit as Chicago put on a hit parade in the second inning. Every White Sox batter socked a hit in the game. After giving up six earned in six innings, Alexander fell to 11th in the league with a 3.18 ERA. Sox starter Eddie Cicotte improved to 12th in the league with a 3.20.

                  R  H BB
CHI 040 001 100 - 6 13  5
TOR 010 000 000 - 1  9  2

HR: none

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Cicotte    9.0  1  1  0  2  1  
D. Alexander  6.0  6  6  0  4  3 

CHI 23-26, TOR 23-27

May 30: Toronto 5, Chicago 2

Tony Fernandez paced the birds with a 4-for-4 performance at the dish, and Doc Halladay pitched one of his best games in what has been a bad year so far. It was a frustrating day for Sox starter Chris Sale after four unearned runs crossed the plate against him on errors by Eddie Collins and Paul Konerko.

                  R H BB
CHI 000 200 000 - 2 7  1
TOR 110 003 00x - 5 9  4

HR: L. Appling (1)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Sale      5.2  5  1  0  4  4  
R. Halladay  9.0  2  2  1  1  4 

CHI 23-27, TOR 24-27

Toronto Blue Jays v Boston Red SoxMay 31: Toronto 5, Chicago 4

It looked this series would follow the usual inter-divisional result of the Original Division team taking two of three, but the Blue Jays stormed back in the ninth against a shocked Keith Foulke. Rubber-armed Ed Walsh seemed to have things in control through eight innings pitched, but Sox manager Jimmy Dykes called on Foulke to start the ninth inning to protect Chicago’s 4-2 lead. The move was as much about getting Foulke some work as it was about bringing in a top reliever to save the game. Foulke did get a little work in, but the save, not so much.

Tony Fernandez began the bottom of the ninth by drawing a walk from Foulke, Lloyd Moseby struck out, pinch-hitter Shannon Stewart singled Fernandez to second, Roberto Alomar flew out, and Jose Bautista crushed a three-run walk off job into the upper deck.

Chicago has the worst inter-division record in the Original Division at 6-6 and Toronto has the best inter-division record in the Expansion Division at 6-6.

                  R  H BB
CHI 000 102 001 - 4 12  3
TOR 002 000 003 - 5  6  7

HR: J. Bautista (8)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Walsh    8.0  2  2  0  7 10  
D. Stieb    7.0  3  3  0  2  5 

CHI 23-28, TOR 25-27

The Rhubarb will be on vacation for the next week.

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