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Sale-ing to an Easy Win in Minny

September 14 at Minnesota Twins

Today's Sox Crew:
Concrete Workers
The Sox soaked the Twins' bats in the hard stuff, making them useless. Chris Sale also had a little something to do with it, as well.

Short Take: After a disappointing homestand, the Sox begin their latest road trip in impressive fashion by shutting out the Twinkies.

A day following a rainout against the Tigers, the Sox took off to Minnesota to take on their historical rivals, the Twins. However, this rivalry has become one-sided this year, as the Sox have taken 11 of 15 against the Twins this year, in a dramatic swing of fortunes. Of course, the Twins becoming bad had a little something to do with that, but the Twins are a much-needed sight on the schedule after a bad homestand. As has become the norm this year, the Sox made easy work of the Twinkies, as Chris Sale locked down the Twins' bats and the Sox' offense, believe it or not, manufactured most of their runs as they took an easy 6-0 win in Minneapolis.

Having been pushed back a day due to the rainout, Sale came in and kept the Twins' bats off-balance all day. He's been a big pain in the behinds of Twins hitters all season, and today was more of the same. Sale pitched 6 great innings, allowing no runs on only three hits, zero walks and 5 strikeouts. That "zero walks" thing is huge, as the Sox have been prone to giving up walks and allowing them to score in recent games. Not today, though. Sale looked every bit like the Cy Young contender he is today. As far as the offense, the Sox took the lead in the second inning via an RBI groundout by Dayan Viciedo that drove home Alex Rios. In the fourth, Viciedo drove in another by coaxing a base-loaded walk off of Twins starter Esmerling Vasquez. The sixth saw the Sox take a 3-0 lead when Alexei Ramirez drove in A.J. Pierzynski with a base hit. Who knew there were other ways to drive in runs besides hitting home runs all the time? Go figure. Just in case we forgot that was still an option, Kevin Youkilis reminded us by jacking a solo shot to make it 4-0 in the 7th. The Sox weren't done scoring that frame, though, as Rios came through with an RBI base hit that scored Dewayne Wise. Finally, the Sox capped off the scoring in the 9th via a Wise sac fly to bring home Gordon Beckham. As for the Twins? Well, they suck, they didn't score, and they're bad at the sport of baseball. The end.

The damper was that the Tigers also shut out their AL Central opponent, the Cleveland Indians, so the Sox still have that slim 1-game lead going into tomorrow's matchup. Francisco Liriano goes against his old team for the second time this season, facing off against the Twins' Samuel Deduno. The good news is that the Sox could likely have Adam Dunn back in the lineup for tomorrow's game, giving the Sox that long ball-OBP threat they've been lacking the last week. Hopefully the Sox can keep their magic working against the Twins, they need every win they can get. Go Sox!

KW Appreciates The Game:
"Hey, what do you know, home runs aren't the be-all, end-all of offensive output. Keep doing more of that 'RBI base hit' stuff."

submitted by MtGrnwdSoxFan.

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Alex Rios

Gave the Sox some offense, and because I guess we don't like having Sale win PTC too much.

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