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Trayce Walkoff Topples Twins

May 3rd, 2018 vs. Minnesota Twins

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Short Take:Trayce Thompson walkoff HR caps Sox comeback win

The Sox returned to the South Side after a 3W-4L road trip through Missouri looking to end their streak of 1 run losses and start the homestand off on the right track. The ace of the 2018 staff so far has been Reynaldo Lopez and he took the ball for the Sox against Jake Odorizzi of the Twins. It was a battling start for the young rotation arm and he kept the Sox in the game long enough for the bats to do their job. After a terrible start to this game, the Sox fought back from an early 5-1 hole to topple the Twins in the opener in exciting walkoff fashion.

Minnesota drew first blood as struggling Twins slugger Logan Morrison snapped out of his funk with a double followed by a Gregorio Petit single. Some very poor catching by Omar Narvaez helped lubricate this inning further for the Twins offense as the first run came home on a passed ball and then another passed ball in the same inning allowed Petit to advance to 3rd. The second passed ball setup a Jason Castro sac fly and suddenly the Sox were in an early 2-0 hole in the Top of the 3rd. Yolmer Sanchez would cut the Twins lead in half in the bottom of the inning with a sacrifice that brought home Adam Engel who walked and stole a base earlier in the inning.

The Twins put some daylight between them and the Sox in the Top of the 4th as Lopez continued to labor. An Eddie Rosario double drove in old friend Eduardo Escobar making it 3-1 Twins. Logan Morrison again hurt the Sox later in the inning with a 2 run blast to RF. At this point in the game, it looked like Lopez was not going to survive the 4th inning. The fastball was missing the usual life on it and he was having trouble getting ahead of the hitters the way he usually does. To his credit, Lopez gutted through the inning to survive even further into this game but it was now 5-1 Twins and things were looking bleak.

Daniel Palka breathed some much needed life into the White Sox in the bottom half of the 4th with a deep 2 run HR to RF. This was a big turning point in the game because you felt the momentum swing in the Sox favor, their was life in the dugout, and suddenly it was only a 5-3 game. Yolmer Sanchez would draw the Sox even closer in the bottom of the 5th inning with an RBI single that plated Omar Narvaez who had doubled earlier in the inning. The Twins were clinging to a slim 5-4 lead and the Sox just kept chipping away. Matt Davidson got the game tying RBI with a double off the wall that chased Twins starter Jake Odorizzi in the bottom of the 6th.

The South Siders would remain locked up at 5-5 with the Twins setting the stage for the bottom of the 9th. Twins skipper Paul Molitor summoned another old friend, former Sox closer Addison Reed to the bump. For those that might not recall, the Sox acquired Matt Davidson by trading Reed to the Dbacks back in 2014. Reed was a solid closer but anyone who remember him pitch for the Sox knows that he was vulnerable to the long ball at times, especially when his slider wasn’t working. After retiring Matt Davidson and Daniel Palka rather easily, Reed faced off with Trayce Thompson with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th. Trayce promptly ended the game with a mammoth walkoff HR to deep LF sending the fans home happy and the White Sox were victorious. There was never any doubt when this one left the bat.

Ozzie Guillen once famously said that fun is winning and winning is fun. Well, the 2018 White Sox have absorbed a lot of stinging 1 run losses this season so to deliver a walkoff at home against their division rivals felt quite fun. As James Shields pointed out in a recent press interview, the young Sox players need to learn to find ways to make those 1 run losses turn into 1 run victories. Reynaldo Lopez was not that good tonight but he still managed to battle through 6.2 IP and the good ones usually find a way to do that on an off night so I’d score this one as a positive for his development. The clubhouse attendants will try to dry the orange Gatorade out of the Sox jerseys and the team will look to make it 2 in a row against the Twinkees tomorrow night. The much improved Carson Fulmer takes the hill for the good guys against the really tough Jose Berrios.

Game Notes-

-Reynaldo Lopez pitching line was 6.2 IP, 4ER, 2BB, 0Ks

-Prior to the win tonight, the Sox had lost 6 straight 1 run games.

-Yoan Moncada missed tonight's game with a sore hamstring. He is expected back tomorrow.

-Trayce walkoff HR tonight was the 3rd walkoff of his career

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