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Not as Fun as it Should (Could?) Have Been

September 5 at Minnesota (double header)

Levels Finished:
Would have been nice to see this kind of effort a few days ago.

Short Take:   Stewart, Humber strong in back-to-back starts as Sox sweep Labor Day doubleheader in Minnesota

With the dagger wound to their season still fresh from a horrific series in Detroit, it seemed like a day-night doubleheader in Minnesota would be the last thing the Sox would be able to get up for.  Luckily, the 2011 White Sox continue to be perplexingly inconsistent.  Even more luckily, the Twins are awful.  Toss in 7 shut out innings by Phillip Humber and a near perfect game by Zach Stewart in the nightcap, and you have a recipe for a fun, but ultimately, unsatisfying sweep in Minnesota, as the Sox won 2-1 and 4-0.

Humber got the ball rolling early, with the Sox still licking their wounds and, no surprise, a line-up featuring Adam Dunn, Omar Vizquel, and Gordon Beckham didn't do much offensively.  The Sox scored early, as Alejandro de Aza grounded into a fielder's choice to score A.J. Pierzynski in the 2nd.  An inning later, Alexei Ramirez doubled home Juan Pierre, but the offense stalled after that, as the Sox could only get a runner into scoring position once, in the 8th, who was promptly erased on an inning-ending double play.  Thankfully, Humber bested Anthony Swarzak, pitching out of a few jams but ultimately, keeping the Twins off the board.  When all was said and done, he pitched 7 shut out innings, allowing 6 hits, walking none, and punching out 6 more.  He yielded to Matt Thornton, Sergio Santos, and Chris Sale, who combined to pitch 2 scoreless innings, the only run coming in the 9th off Santos on a sacrifice fly, however, with the winning run at the plate, Sale punched out Jason Repko to end the contest.  1-0 Sox.

In the nightcap, Zach Stewart outdid Humber, making a strong statement to stay in the Sox rotation in 2011 and perhaps beyond, retiring the first 21 batters he faced before allowing a lead-off double to Danny Valencia in the top of the 8th inning.  Stewart eventually went the distance, needing only 114 pitches to face the minimum plus one, as Valencia was the only Twin to reach base.  He struck out 9 in the effort, while the Sox roughed up Scott Diamond, netting 8 hits and 2 walks off the 25-year-old rookie, but only scoring a pair of runs. 1-run singles by Juan Pierre and Alexei Ramirez plus a 2-run single by  Brent Morel proved to be enough as the Sox easily coasted past the Twins 4-0.

The Tigers, however, defeated Cleveland today so the Sox only picked up 1/2 game on Detroit, and remain 8 out with 23 bullets left on the calendar.  However, the two losses for Minnesota pushed them into the cellar of the American League Central, a half-game behind the Royals.  Thank god for small miracles, I guess?

Also, these wins were numbers 7 and 8 for the Sox against Minnesota this season, pushing the season series even at 8 with two remaining in Minnesota Tuesday and Wednesday.  If the Sox win both, they will win the season series from the Twins for the first time since 2005.  1 win would give them a .500 record against the Twins for the first time since 2007.

The Sox and Twins will play tomorrow at Target Field with Jake Peavy taking the mound for the Pale Hose opposite Liam Hendricks for Minnesota, a 22-year-old rookie making his Major League debut.  Game time is 7:10 PM Central time, and the game will be broadcast on WCIU, Channel 26, the U.

Ozzio's Game Rant:
 It doesn't ****ing matter any more, but it's always nice to beat the piranhas.

submitted by doublem23.

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Juan Pierre (Game 1)

Zach Stewart (Game 2)

Pierre goes 3-4 in the matinee and scored what was ultimately the deciding run.  In Game 2, Stewart was simply brilliant, the best start we've seen since Buehrle's perfecto.

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