Community  

 
 Message Boards  

 WSI Photo Gallery  

Post of the Week  

 Chat  

 

 

  2013 White Sox  

 Season Schedule  

 

2005 Championship

 

WSI Extras  

 WSI Interviews

  Audio Memories

  2002 Disaster!

2001 Season Fun!

2000 Champions!

Fun & Games

History & Glory

Sox Greats
Sox Quotables
Sox Fight Songs
Old Comiskey Park

     

   
WSI News - Totally Biased Game Recaps

Minny Road Trip Not Very Bumpy At All

August 18 at Minnesota Twins


Today's Game Rating:
5 STAR
Run support for Santiago?! Thanks, Alexei!

Short Take: White Sox take advantage of Twins starter Deduno, while Twins canít solve Hector Santiago; Sox errors abound, but they win the game and the series.

Amazing and true story: The White Sox turned in their third straight road win today, beating the Minnesota Twins 5-2 and winning the series 3 -1.

Led by Alexei Ramerizís near-cycle, the Sox offered Hector Santiago some welcome run support, and the Sox bullpen chipped in by NOT collapsing in late innings.

With the Sox flailing away in the basement of the AL Central, 23+ games behind the division leader Detroit Tigers and 7+ games behind fourth- place Minnesota, itís a challenge to write something thatís not snarky when the Sox lose, or to write another ďho-hum, who cares?Ē story when they win.

But today, I took in this game on the road, nestled deep in Twins territory while visiting family in the northwoods of Wisconsin. So I watched the game courtesy of the Twins FoxSportsNorth channel, and experienced the White Sox through the eyes of the Minnesota Twins broadcast team of Dick Bremer and Bert Blyleven.

Our White Sox broadcasting team is a polarizing topic, to say the least. I wonít open up that can of worms, but I will say that it was refreshing to watch a Sox game with Bremer and Blyleven. They provided insightful baseball-related discussion, managed to do the broadcast without any catch phrases (that I noticed), and didnít get on the umpires too much. Bremer and Blyleven made the Twins seem professional. Well done!

Back to the game itself: Santiago may not have had his best stuff today. The Twins actually outhit the White Sox, 10 to 8. In addition, the Sox committed three errors Ė two courtesy of Jeff Keppinger at third base.

But the Twins were 2 for 15 with RISP - where have we heard THAT before? And the White Sox took advantage of a shaky start by Twins starter Samuel Deduno. The Sox scored five runs over six innings off Deduno, and it was enough to beat the Twins 5-2.

Ramirez led the Sox scoring, going 3/4 with three RBIs, including a home run. He was only a triple short of the cycle. Avi Garcia and Jeff Keppinger provided a couple of hits each, and Josh Phegley got his first extra-base hit (a double) since July 20.

The Sox got on the board in the first inning when Ramirez singled in Gordon Beckham to take a 1-0 lead. The Twins struck back by tying the game in the second, aided by the first Sox error of the game. Dayan Viciedoís throw on a Trevor Plouffe double to left field got past Beckham, and then Paul Konerko. Plouffe wound up on third base and later scored on an infield single.

But the Sox bounced back in the third when Ramirez doubled in Alejandro DeAza, who had been hit by a pitch. Avi Garcia followed up with a deep drive that smacked the right field wall on a hop, scoring Ramirez, and the Sox led 3-1.

The bottom of the third featured the best defensive play of the game. After the Twins eeked out another run, an error by Keppinger extended the inning and left Josh Willingham standing on third base. Santiago threw a pitch to Plouffe that got past catcher Phegley, and Willingham raced for home. Phegley grabbed the ball as it careened off the backstop and fired it to Santiago, who was racing toward the plate. Santiago slid right in front of Willingham, blocking the plate and slapping the tag on Willinghamís foot. Great play by the Sox battery!

The Sox tacked on a few more runs in the fifth with a Ramirez solo home run and an RBI single by Keppinger. Perhaps fortified by the rare run support, Santiago pitched six innings, throwing 117 pitches. Even when he appeared to be running out of steam in the fifth, he reached back and fired a few 95- and 96-mph-fastballs to retire some tough hitters.

Matt Lindstrom pitched two solid innings in relief, striking out four Twins with a pretty effective slider. It was a good thing he did, because the Sox could do nothing against Twins reliever Ryan Pressly, who relieved Deduno after five innings. Addison Reed closed out the game for his 31st save of the season.

The Sox are off Monday and head to Kansas City to face the Royals on Tuesday. Andre Rienzo (0-0, 3.70 ERA) faces Jeremy Guthrie (12-9, 4.14 ERA). Game time at 7:10 pm CST.

WSI's
Hawk and Stoney's Thumb Guide:
Two thumbs up for the win. And Bert and Dick say, "Don't let the door hit you guys in the behind!"


submitted by ChiSoxGal85

Sox Clubhouse "Pick to Click" Winner

Alexei Ramirez

Three RBIs and a triple short of the cycle. That'll do just fine, Alexei.

Play WSI's Pick to Click Contest!

2005 Championship Sox Fans

Click Here!
WSI's Glorious Championship coverage with Totally Biased attitude!

Want More
Totally Biased Game Recaps?

2003 Sox Schedule
Click sock!



1 to 1 of 1

Search For:
Search in:
And in:
Any Words All Words

News Categories

Totally biased Sox news from White Sox Interactive!

EXCLUSIVE Sox features from WSI.

Full Sox coverage featuring the unique WSI slant!

The Totally Biased Game Recap, another WSI EXCLUSIVE!

YOUR chance to be featured at White Sox Interactive!

The funniest and most-noteworthy posts from the Sox Clubhouse message board.

The internet's largest FREE Sox news database, sorted by month.

The internet's largest FREE Sox news database, sorted by day.


Totally Biased Game Recaps

April 15... E6 FTW

April 13...Red-Hot Ramirez Walks Off Tribe

April 12... The Wind Blows It Out and the Bullpen Blows It Up

April 11...Runs, runs, runs

Rocky Mountain Sigh

April 8... Score Early, Score Often

April 7...Colorado Rocked

April 6... Stopper for Sale: Sox Avoid Sweep in KC

April 5... If This is Kansas City, It Must Be Bruce Chen

April 4... Starting Pitching Falters

WSI News System Page Views: 22,476,466