White Sox flat, Eaton injured in 7-0 loss to Blue Jays
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter June 26, 2014 6:30PM
Updated: June 26, 2014 11:24PM
TORONTO — Different city, same result.
The White Sox’ awful road trip that began with four losses in Minnesota and two dramatic late-inning defeats in Baltimore continued with a flat 7-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday.
Left-hander J.A. Happ breezed through 7 2/3 innings, holding the Sox (36-44) to four hits, and right-hander Scott Carroll gave up five runs over five innings in his return to the rotation as the Sox lost for the seventh time in eight games.
Center fielder Leury Garcia and right fielder Moises Sierra both air-mailed throws through the infield for errors, and Garcia -- who entered the game after Adam Eaton left with a sore left leg -- and left fielder Dayan Viciedo almost collided on a fly ball. Jose Abreu couldn’t get a handle on a potential ground ball.
“That game just smelled right from the start,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. “We didn’t play very well, didn’t hit very well, didn’t play defense very well and it showed.’’
The Sox are 1-7 on their road trip with three more in Toronto. Jose Reyes had an RBI triple and Adam Lind doubled in a run against Sox starter Scott Carroll, who gave up five runs on nine hits and two walks over five innings. Edwin Encarnacion had an RBI double against Andre Rienzo.
Eaton, who has missed two stretches of time with leg injuries, including a hamstring that put him on the disabled list, left after the top half of the first inning with what the Sox said was cramping in his left leg. Eaton’s hitting streak came to an end at 12 games, and he might need a few days to try starting another streak.
“It’s something I’ve been dealing with,’’ Eaton said. “With just with my legs I’ve been trying to keep them healthy. I haven’t been doing that good of a job getting in there and making sure they’re ready for the game. With the combination of last night, the rain delay, late in the game, hot and I also was getting on base quite a bit --- it basically crushed my legs.’’
“We erred on the side of caution [getting him out] of the game,’’ Ventura said.
“I don’t know. Just the way he was walking around it didn’t seem right. The last time it ended up costing us two weeks.’’
After losing 5-4 in 12 innings in Baltimore Wednesday, a game that was delayed by rain for one hour, 10 minutes, the Sox didn’t arrive in Toronto until 4:30 a.m.
“Hopefully it was getting in late and you know, part of the whole travel thing,’’ Ventura said. “We’ll find out tomorrow.’’