Bichette slam helps Toronto beat Chicago 9-5
Thursday, June 23, 2022

(CHICAGO) – Bo Bichette hit a grand slam and Alejandro Kirk homered for the second straight game, leading Ross Stripling and the Toronto Blue Jays over the injury-riddled Chicago White Sox 9-5 Wednesday. Bichette's second career slam capped a five-run fourth inning as the Blue Jays avoided a three-game series sweep. Kirk hit an RBI single in the first and a homer to center in the third. He tops All-Star fan voting for AL catchers and leads all qualified major league catchers in batting average (.307) and OPS (.857). Kirk batted .364 (8 for 22) with four home runs and eight RBI in five games against the White Sox this season. Lucas Giolito (4-4) allowed seven runs on a season-high 11 hits in five innings. He has a 9.47 ERA in his last five starts. Stripling (4-2) gave up one run in six innings. He scattered five hits and didn't allow a runner past second until Josh Harrison scored from first on a single by Luis Robert in the sixth. Robert extended his hitting streak to 13 games. He moved slowly running to first and eventually left the game in the eighth. The White Sox were stretched at shortstop. Tim Anderson, who returned Monday after missing 18 games because of a right groin strain, didn't play under doctor's orders, manager Tony La Russa said before the game. White Sox shortstop Danny Mendick left after colliding with left fielder Adam Haseley on a foul pop in the second and left due to right knee discomfort. Right fielder Adam Engel left after three innings because of right hamstring soreness. Chicago Manager Tony La Russa said Robert, Mendick and Engel underwent MRIs after the game.