Reyes sparks Blue Jays' shutout of White Sox
TORONTO -- Drew Hutchison picked up the second shutout of his career and Justin Smoak and Josh Donaldson homered in the Blue Jays' 6-0 victory over the White Sox on Monday night at Rogers Centre.
Hutchison cruised through most of his outing and faced one batter over the minimum during a stretch that began in the second inning and lasted until the final out. He allowed four hits, didn't walk a batter, struck out eight and threw 70 of his 96 pitches for strikes.
Toronto did almost all of its damage during a four-run first inning against right-hander Hector Noesi. Chris Colabello had a two-run single and Smoak added a two-run homer as Toronto took control early and never looked back. Jose Reyes doubled in his first game back from the disabled list, and Donaldson scored a pair of runs to go along with his solo homer.
"I did a good job of getting ahead, and I had a really good sinker tonight," Hutchison said. "I got a lot of early-swing ground balls, got double plays. That was the key to getting deep in the game and keeping the pitch count down."
Noesi was charged with all five runs on five hits and three walks. Nobody in the White Sox starting lineup reached base more than once off Hutchison as Chicago lost for the seventh time in its last eight games.
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Hutchison pulls a Maddux: Hutchison became the second pitcher in the Major Leagues this season to record a Maddux, which is when a starter records a shutout in fewer than 100 pitches. Atlanta's Shelby Miller has done it twice this year, but Hutchison's moment came when he retired Gordon Beckham in the top of the ninth. It was the second shutout of Hutchison's career, with the other one happening on May 16, 2014, at Texas. This one seemed almost easy as Beckham was the only runner to reach scoring position during the game, and that happened all the way back in the first inning. More >
Missed double play costly: The White Sox middle infield missed a chance to turn a crucial double play in the top of the first. With Blue Jays runners at first and second, Emilio Bonifacio fielded a grounder up the middle and flipped to shortstop Alexei Ramirez for what should've been a double play. But as he spun to make the throw, Ramirez missed the bag at second and was only able to record the out at first, giving the Blue Jays two runners in scoring position with one out. That set off a four-run Blue Jays inning, giving the home team a big lead after one. More >
Fans dig the long ball: With Jose Bautista out of the lineup because of a sore shoulder, Smoak got a rare start at first base, and he came through in the bottom of the first inning with a two-run shot to right field. According to Statcast™, Smoak's third of the season traveled 354 feet and left his bat at 100 mph. Donaldson followed in the second with a solo shot to right-center field that went 445 feet.
"He had them swinging, he was hitting the zone and I don't know if he even broke a sweat tonight. That's one of those games where it's nice to sit back and watch because he was in total control." -- Blue Jays manager John Gibbons, on Hutchison
"He looked like Pat Hentgen. The way he was throwing, just his mannerisms. It looked a lot like Pat used to do. Throwing strikes, fastball riding it up and had a good breaking ball. He was good." -- White Sox manager Robin Ventura, on Hutchison
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The Blue Jays scored four runs in the first, which marked the 18th time this season they scored at least that many in one inning. It also was the second time this season that it occurred in the first inning, with the last one taking place on April 10 at Baltimore.
White Sox: Lefty John Danks is scheduled to make his ninth start of the season on Tuesday at 6:07 p.m. CT. He is 2-4 with a 5.11 ERA on the season, and is a career 2-4 with a 5.70 ERA against the Blue Jays. He didn't factor into the decision the last time he faced Toronto, pitching six innings while allowing seven hits for three runs last August.
Blue Jays: R.A. Dickey will take the mound on Tuesday at 7:07 p.m. ET when the Blue Jays continue their three-game series against the White Sox. Dickey is coming off his best start, which was a complete-game victory over the Angels. The veteran knuckleballer has a 2-4 record with an 8.10 ERA against the White Sox.
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