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A Downer for Danks

May 12 at Minnesota

Alex Rios
Carlos Quentin

Rios saw his 12-game hitting streak end, but his terrific catch in CF kept the Sox in the hunt. Quentin? Well, I'm sick of his 0-for-4s.

Short Take: John Danks battles and turns in a quality start, but the Sox can't generate enough offense in a 3-2 loss.

I'll bet you didn't know the White Sox have outscored the Minnesota Twins 16-15 in the five meetings between the two clubs so far this season. Unfortunately, the Sox have also perfected the art of losing close games and they let another winnable contest slip through their fingers Wednesday afternoon, losing 3-2 to the hated Twinkees at Target Field.

The Sox wasted a solid pitching performance from John Danks (3-2) and failed to generate any offense at all in the late innings. While the Sox had several hard-hit balls - including a mammoth blast off the bat of Paul Konerko that hooked foul in the top of the ninth - they had few hits. From the fourth inning on, the Sox managed only one baserunner against Minnesota starter Carl Pavano (4-3) and three Twins relief pitchers.

A two-run first inning got the Sox off to a good start. With Juan Pierre on second and Alex Rios on first, the Sox executed a double steal. Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer's throw to second got away, allowing Pierre to score on the error. Konerko followed by lining an RBI single to center to score Rios and make it 2-0.

However, Danks could not make the two runs hold up as Minnesota got even in the third inning. With runners on second and third and one out, Mauer drove in one run with a groundout to second. Justin Morneau followed with a seeing-eye grounder that perfectly bisected the Sox middle infielders and rolled into center field. The Twins slugger could not have rolled the ball out there any better. The two-out single tied the game at 2-2.

Minnesota grabbed the lead on a similar hit in the fourth. Delmon Young doubled to lead off the inning and eventually stood on third with two outs. Denard Span hit a seeing-eye grounder that squirted past the glove of Gordon Beckham into right field for a go-ahead single.

Danks settled down from there, allowing no more runs. He got some help from Rios in the fifth. The Sox center fielder made a leaping catch at the wall to rob Minnesota's Michael Cuddyer of a two-run homer. The defensive gem kept the Sox in the game, but there was simply no offense to be found as Twins pitchers retired the final 14 Sox hitters of the game.

This brief two-game series ends in a split. The Sox have an off day tomorrow before opening a three-game weekend set in Kansas City on Friday night. Mark Buehrle (2-4, 4.96 ERA) will be on the mound for the South Siders. He'll be opposed by right-hander Gil Meche (0-4, 8.24 ERA). The game airs at 7 o'clock on Comcast SportsNet.

TBGR Diary:
You just hate to see quality starts go to waste, especially against divisional opponents. The Sox need to win these types of games. They aren't winning them, and that's why they are 14-20.

submitted by JB98.

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