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Sweeping Sunday

September 16 at Minnesota Twins


Today's Sox Crew:
Cleaning Crew
The Sox clean the clocks of the Twins and swept them in the process.

Short Take:   Jake Peavy manned up and flexed his big-game pitcher muscles in Minneapolis Sunday, pitching six innings of two-run ball and setting his team up for a sweep of the Twins.

After taking the first two from the hapless Twins at Target Field in Minneapolis, the Sox looked to sweep their former nemesis primarily because Detroit had matched the Sox win-for-win this weekend in Cleveland. Lo and behold, the Sox brought the lumber to Target Field on Sunday afternoon and with the help of stellar pitching from Jake Peavy and the bullpen, they beat the Twins 9-2, solidifying a 14-4 record against them this season.

The key to this game was the top of the sixth when the Sox plated six. Already leading 3-2, thanks to some clutch hitting by Dewayne Wise, Kevin Youkilis and Dayan Viciedo, the Sox sent 11 men to bat. Highlighting those 11 at-bats were home runs by Adam Dunn and Viciedo, which gave the Sox a short-lived 6-2 lead. Viciedo's home run sent Scott Diamond (11-8) to the showers early; cue Anthony Swarzak. Alexei Ramirez reached on an error and stole second, then Swarzak loaded the bases with back-to-back walks of Tyler Flowers and Gordon Beckham. Wise's second sac fly of the afternoon and a base hit by Youkilis plated two more, giving the Sox a commanding 8-2 lead. On his second at-bat of the inning, Dunn hit an RBI single, scoring Beckham and giving the Sox a 9-2 lead.

Jake Peavy (11-11) was stellar, pitching six innings of two-run ball and striking out six. A particularly dazzling stat was Peavy's walk total of one. As we all know, walks have absolutely killed the Sox, particularly in September. A combination of Brian Omogrosso, Donnie Veal and Philip Humber held the Twins scoreless for the rest of the afternoon.

As an added bonus to the Sox sweep of the Twins, the Cleveland Indians walked off the Detroit Tigers about an hour after the Sox won their game, which increased the Sox lead in the A.L. Central to two games with 17 left to play. The loss by Detroit puts the Sox in position to still remain in first place, regardless of what happens in Monday's make-up of last Thursday night's rain out.

Feeling good after their three-game sweep, the Sox will fly home to Chicago to play their make-up game with the Detroit Tigers. Jose Quintana (6-4, 3.52 ERA), who pitched a gem last time out, will take the ball for the Sox and he'll oppose Doug Fister (9-8, 3.49 ERA). The first pitch will be thrown at 1:10p CDT and you can watch the game on Comcast SportsNet.

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KW Appreciates The Game:
 I appreciate the Cleveland Indians and their ability to play spoiler and walk off the Tigers on Sunday. Thanks, Toons!


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