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Winning While Waiting for Kopech

August 20 at Minnesota

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Short Take: The White Sox beat Minnesota the day before their top pitching prospect makes his debut.

Is any White Sox fan really thinking about anything besides Michael Kopech's big league debut Tuesday at Guaranteed Rate Field? The most anticipated moment of the season so far will happen against the Minnesota Twins. But first, these two teams had to spend Monday making up one of the April games at Target Field that got snowed out. The Sox came away with their fifth win in six games, 8-5.

The game's events began before even one pitch was thrown. Rick Renteria was hospitalized with lightheadedness, forcing Joe McEwing to assume managerial duties for the game. Fortunately, it sounds like Renteria is going to be okay. It's nice to know this didn't turn into the second life-threatening situation involving the Sox this year after Danny Farquhar.

The Twins had their own prospect making his major league debut: Stephen Gonsalves. After the Sox stranded two baserunners in the first inning, they properly welcomed Gonsalves to The Show in the second. The first five hitters of the frame reached base, starting with a Nicky Delmonico triple and a Matt Davidson RBI single. Tim Anderson also drove in a run, and Jose Abreu had a two-RBI double before a four-pitch walk to Daniel Palka ended Gonsalves' night after only 1 1/3 innings.

From there, the Sox continued to pound Twins pitching for 13 hits, which were spread out among every starter. Abreu led off the fourth with a single and scored after stealing third base and watching Miguel Sano miss a catch at that position. In the seventh, Davidson hit a deep fly to center field that Max Kepler couldn't quite prevent from going over the wall, and Davidson had a two-run homer. The Sox's final run came an inning later when Palka ripped an RBI double past Joe Mauer at first base.

We can't forget about Lucas Giolito's quality start, which met the minimum criteria of six innings and three runs. Giolito struck out six and walked two on five hits to earn his ninth win. His defining moment came in the sixth, when he pitched over a one-out triple to Kepler by striking out Mitch Garver and Jake Cave, who had burned him with a two-run bomb in his previous at-bat. Juan Minaya struck out five of his six batters faced in the first two innings after Giolito's depature, and Thyago Vieira finished it off in the ninth despite allowing two runs.

For nearly a week, the Sox have looked like a team that knows how to play baseball. They're getting solid starting pitching, and the offense looks as good as it has all year. Of course, we've seen enough of this team to know it will revert to its losing ways soon because nothing this season has persuaded us otherwise. Still, it's nice to know what can happen when these players come together to showcase the best of their games.

A larger crowd than usual is expected for Tuesday's game. The answer to the trivia question of the opposing pitcher in Kopech's first game as a major leaguer is Jose Berrios. The fun starts at 7:10, so plan your evening accordingly. This is one event you won't want to miss.

Fun Da Mentalz:
 The win is nice, but the real fun for this week is about to begin.

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