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Berrios Blanks Sox

April 12th, 2018 at Minnesota Twins

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This game was as boring as playing the game above.

Short Take:Jose Berrios and the Twins shut down Sox offense, take opener 4-0

The Sox opened a 4 game series tonight in frigid Minnesota looking to put a frustrating homestand behind them. They drew a tough pitching assignment against emerging Twins ace Jose Berrios and with the Sox offense as cold as the weather, this game went about as well you might expect. The trip begins with a whimper as the Sox get blanked in the series opener.

Giolito and Berrios kept things at a 0-0 stalemate until the Twins drew first blood in the bottom of the 3rd. Sox Killer extraordinaire Byron Buxton scored on a slow grounder from Brian Dozier. Anderson double clutched his throw to home which was not nearly in enough time to nab the speedy Buxton. Timmy is off to a solid start on offense but he has really looked rough on defense so far in 2018. Joe Mauer added a 2nd run hitting an RBI single the opposite way making it 2-0 bad guys.

Lucas Giolito pitched decent tonight but did not have any run support. He struggled with his control a bit and probably walked a few more Twins hitters than he would have liked. However, the curveball looked much better this outing than it did in the first two games for him. Gio was cruising along in the 7th and keeping the Sox in this game but he made a mistake after 2 outs and walked Jason Castro. Renteria chose to leave Giolito in the game to see if he could retire Brian Dozier. This was either a bad managing decision or a good learning experience opportunity for Giolito depending on your interpretation. Personally, I would have pulled Giolito after the walk because he was over the 100 pitch mark and he was starting to appear gassed. However, he did face Dozier and a high curveball was poked into the corner for a double that put runners and 2nd and 3rd and ended the night for Gio. Unfortunately, Aaron Bummer came on in relief and allowed a 2 RBI single to Joe Mauer which charged one extra runs to Lucas Giolito. It was a slow grounder not hit terribly hard but with the infield drawn in, it split the two defenders up the middle making it 4-0 Twins and with the Sox offense in a huge slumber, this was essentially the nail in the coffin.

This was a really terrible game to watch if you were a Sox fan. First off, I hate losing to the Twins. Secondly, there was literally nothing to cheer about. Moncada, Abreu, and Engel all looked awful at the plate tonight. The team also made two errors. They never really felt like they were in this game despite being down a couple runs late. The only thing to feel good about tonight was a quality outing by Lucas Giolito who remains an important cog in this rotation going forward. This matchup was a lethal combo of a slumbering Sox offense running into a really good and really hot pitcher in Jose Berrios. He had everything in his arsenal working and carved the Sox lineup up like a roast. Berrios finished with a whopping 11Ks and allowed a paltry 3 hits to Sox batters. As fun as that first road trip was to watch, these last six White Sox games have been really tough on the eyes. Generating any type of continuation hitting remains a big problem and the HRs are not coming as freely as they once did. We can only hope the hitting warms up with the weather although that is unlikely to be happening in this series as the weather forecast looks grim. The Sox look to get on the board against Minnesota tomorrow if the weather holds as Reynaldo Lopez toes the rubber for the Sox versus a TBD starter for the Twinkees.

Game Notes-

-Lucas Giolito pitching line was 6.1IP, 3ER, 5H, 5BB, 3K

-Sox hitters struck out 13 times tonight with no walks and 3 hits. Not good.

-Welington Castillo missed his 3rd straight game with a banged up knee

-Prior to the game, Gregory Infante was sent down and Chris Volstad was recalled from AAA

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 I hate losing to the Twins

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