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Not Worth Remembering

September 3 at Minnesota


Daily Sox Crop Report:
Melted DQ
In a city where the ice cream chain is big, the Sox saw their order turned to slush.

Short Take:   The Twins honor Paul Konerko before the game, then remind him of the Dome days.

Remember the Blackout Game in 2008? The showdown with the Minnesota Twins to decide the AL Central crown came during a much better period in White Sox history. Paul Konerko was still at the top of his game and John Danks was a strong force in the rotation. He even threw eight shutout innings to help win the aforementioned contest.

Six years later, the Twins honored Konerko before his final game in Minneapolis and Danks was slated to start for the Sox. Wouldn't it have been lovely to repeat past success against these guys? However, time has caught up with our captain, who didn't play, and has not been kind to Danks, who was lit up in an 11-4 loss reminiscent of Konerko's memories of the Metrodome.

After the Sox left runners on second and third with two outs in the first, Danks, who has been spotty all year, came out ready to be charitable to the Twins lineup. Danny Santana led off with a single, Eduardo Nunez followed with a triple and Joe Mauer drove him in with a single. Even after Kennys Vargas hit into a double play, Josmil Pinto and Oswaldo Arcia hit back-to-back doubles, bringing the grand total in the inning to three surrendered runs.

Danks then settled down for a bit, allowing the Sox a chance to make it a new game. They made progress towards that in the fourth when Avisail Garcia walked and Dayan Viciedo lined a homer to left. The Tank is really trying to remain a part of this team's plans going forward. With one out in the fifth, Marcus Semien singled, moved to second on a wild pitch and tied the score on an Adam Eaton single.

The bottom of the fifth was briefly interrupted by rain after a Nunuez double and Mauer walk. All it did was the delay in the inevitable with Danks. His first pitch when play resumed resulted in an RBI single by Vargas. I'll spare you the bloody details that followed, but know that the Twins sent 10 men to the plate and half of them scored. You do the math. Danks, with no help from Matt Lindstrom, was charged with seven earned runs, swelling his ERA to 5.12. I really miss the Danks of old.

Over the next three innings, three more Twins runs scored. You probably don't want to hear about those either. Instead, I'll talk about the Sox scored their fourth and final run in the eighth. September call-up Michael Taylor led off with a single and Avisail Garcia repeated the feat. Leury Garcia hit into a double play, but advanced Taylor to third. Viciedo, still looking to help his cause, scored Taylor with a single before Andy Wilkins grounded out to second. The only other notable statistic was that Ronald Belisario recorded four outs and gave up no runs. Maybe we should call the Vatican to see if that's an actual miracle.

After a day off, the Sox will continue the Konerko Divisional Farewell Tour in Cleveland on Friday. Chris Sale will face the Indians' T.J. House. Those still interested in this team can watch at 6:05 on Comcast SportsNet.

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