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Slowey but Surely

May 11 at Minnesota Twins


Immunity:
Alex Rios
Exiled:
Gordon Beckham

Rios extended his hitting streak to twelve games, going 2-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored. Meanwhile, Beckham continued to struggle at the plate.

Short Take: Sox right on Target at the Twins' new house.

The Sox headed up to Minnesota Tuesday night for Game One of a seven-game road trip, beginning with two against the Minnesota Twins. It was their first visit to the new Target Field, and no one could quite know what to expect, but you had to believe that ANYPLACE would be kinder to the team than the Metrodome was. And so far, that’s true. Starting pitchers were Freddy Garcia and Kevin Slowey, and the final score was Sox 5, Twins 2.

Anyway, here’s what happened. Juan Pierre led off the first with a single to center, but A.J. Pierzynski flied out and Andruw Jones grounded into a double play. Before you could say “I can’t stand the Twins,” the inning was over. Freddy got the first two Twins to go down in order, but then the Twin pests (Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau) started to act up again. Mauer doubled and Morneau worked a walk, but Freddy got Michael Cuddyer to ground out, so no harm was done. Both teams went three up, three down in the second, then Mark Teahen led off the third with a double. When the next three batters—Beckham, Ramirez, and Pierre--flied out, it started to look like another long night at the ballpark. Twins went down in order in the bottom of the frame. No score after three.

The Sox went one-two-three in the top of the fourth—and here came Mauer and Morneau again. Mauer singled and so did Morneau, sending Mauer to second. Cuddyer hit into a double play, and Kubel walked, bringing up Denard Span, who doubled in Mauer, but Kubel was thrown out trying to score. It was 1-0 Twins after four, but in the top of the fifth, something unusual happened. It’s called “offense,” and the team really should try it more often. It went like this: Alex Rios singled, stole second, and went to third on an error. Quentin struck out and Teahen walked. So, first and third, one out. When Beckham struck out for the second out, it looked like another one of “those” innings, but Alexei doubled, scoring two, Pierre singled to keep the inning going, and A.J. doubled, scoring Alexei and Juan. Then Jones singled, scoring A.J. Paul Konerko reached, and that was it for Slowey. Alex Burnett came on in relief, and Rios singled to load the bases, but Carlos Quentin struck out for the second time in the inning. Still, the Sox had managed to put up five runs. Not much happened after that until the bottom of the sixth when the Morneau pest led off with a home run. After six, Sox 5, Twins 2.

That was the end of the scoring, but not the end of good things for the Sox in this game. Matt Thornton relieved Freddy in the eighth and pitched a strong inning, allowing just a leadoff single to, of course, Mauer. But he got Morneau (hooray!), Cuddyer, and Kubel. Bobby Jenks came on in the ninth and gave up a one-out double to Jim Thome. Matt Tolbert came on as a pinch runner and went to third on a wild pitch, but Bobby calmed down and got Nick Punto and Denard Span to end the game and get the road trip off to an auspicious start.

The two teams face off again on Wednesday, with John Danks going up against Carl Pavano. Game time is 12:10 central. Then after an off-day Thursday, it's time to head to Kansas City.

WSI's
TBGR Diary:
The Sox put together a much-needed strong game, and it looks like Pierre is coming around. Now, if they can just get Beckham and Quentin going, this season could turn around quickly.


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