The White Sox were breezing along with a one-run lead Wednesday against the Blue Jays at Guaranteed Rate Field behind another stellar performance from Lance Lynn.
And then everything unraveled in a three-run eighth inning in a 6-2 Sox loss shortly after second baseman Nick Madrigal left the game with a hamstring injury.
Left-hander Aaron Bummer, starting a clean eighth inning after Lynn pitched seven innings of one-run ball, got Rowdy Tellez to pop out for the first out. Then he struck out pinch hitter Riley Adams on a pitch in the dirt, but catcher Yasmani Grandal, going to his backhand, couldn’t block it, and the Jays had a baserunner.
Marcus Semien chopped an infield single in front of third baseman Yoan Moncada, Bo Bichette singled to right and slugger Vladimir Guerrero walked to force in the tying run.
“He’s had some buzzard luck,” manager Tony La Russa said. “I saw a [TV] crawler that said ‘Sox bullpen struggles.’ He gets a popout, strikeout and infield single. That’s three outs, so I wouldn’t call that struggling.”
La Russa, who did not have a right-hander warming up, said he stuck with Bummer to face Guerrero because of favorable splits against lefties.
“He’s 100 points better against right-handed hitters,’’ La Russa said. ‘‘He walked him. Buzzard luck is buzzard luck. That’s tough to take.”
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