White Sox blast Blue Jays 10-6 in foggy Cell
BY TONI GINNETTI firstname.lastname@example.org June 11, 2013 12:06AM
Updated: June 11, 2013 12:14AM
The White Sox, Toronto Blue Jays and fog were at play Monday at U.S. Cellular Field.
The Sox scored a season high in runs and won their third consecutive game with a 10-6 victory. They also had 15 hits, including a 4-for-4 game for Adam Dunn.
A fog delay of more than an hour put the game on hold in the third inning. Umpires stopped play because of a lack of visibility on the field.
It was the latest quirk in a frustrating season that has seen the Sox go through injuries, losing streaks and a too-long stay near the bottom of the American League Central. The Sox were a first-place team a year ago, a position they held from May 29 until the last couple of weeks of the season. This season, they had endured an eight-game losing streak and a stretch of 10 losses in 11 games until winning their last three.
‘‘It’s been one of those years where it gets to the point where you think you hit rock bottom and there was more to go in some cases,’’ captain Paul Konerko said. ‘‘Sometimes that can kind of bring a team together, not knowing if you’re going to win any more games or do any better. It just reinforces how to do it right and to pick up your teammates because sometimes that’s all you’ve got. It’s just treat your teammates well and try to be a positive influence.’’
The game was delayed for an hour and 10 minutes by dense fog that shrouded the field in the third.
When play resumed, so did a home-run display by the Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista and Dunn. Each hit two homers, with Bautista driving in five runs against Sox starter Dylan Axelrod and Dunn launching two solo drives against Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey. Colby Rasmus also homered for the Blue Jays.
Former Sox left-hander Mark Buehrle was in the visitors’ dugout. He won’t face the Sox in the series, but he was a reminder of the bond that develops between players and between players and fans. The crowd of 18,126 applauded Buehrle as the Sox aired a video tribute to him in the first inning.
The Blue Jays struck first, with Melky Cabrera opening the game with a single and coming around on Bautista’s first homer.
By the third, though, no one
was sure what was getting hit. Fog that had been hovering over the park since the start of the game became so dense that the umpiring crew stopped play with the Sox leading 4-2.
Conditions deteriorated badly in the inning. Dunn homered to center, but it wasn’t readily apparent until Rasmus went to the wall and looked up. Dayan Viciedo followed with a double and Jeff Keppinger lined out to second before Dickey hit Gordon Beckham with a pitch and walked Hector Gimenez. The umpiring crew had conferred earlier with head groundskeeper Roger Bossard, and they halted action after the walk to Gimenez.
The Blue Jays are dealing with their own frustrations. They made a number of offseason moves, including acquiring Buehrle in a trade with the Miami Marlins, but they are in last place in the AL East and, like the Sox, disappointed.
‘‘It seems like we get on a little roll and win three or four in a row and then lose three or four in a row,’’ Buehrle said. ‘‘We gain a couple of games, and then we’re right back to being 10 or 11 games out. It hasn’t been the best.’’