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"Fien" Day at Target Field

September 3rd, 2015 at Minnesota Twins

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Short Take: Sox offense overcomes early deficit, Sox take series finale against Twins 6-4

Target Field has been a house of horrors for the White Sox this year as they entered the finale of this series having lost the first two games and losing seven of their last eight in Minnesota. Heading into the ballgame, the Sox would basically accept any type of win they could get in this ballpark and they ended up finally getting that rare Target Field win behind a grinding effort from the struggling Jeff Samardzija, a strong performance from the bullpen, and six runs from the Sox offense to avert a sweep and take the series finale against the Twins 6-4. 

The 1st inning has been a tremendous disaster for the Sox this year but for a change of pace, the offense broke out early with a 1-0 lead behind a leadoff single from Eaton, a double from Abreu, and then an RBI groundout from Avisail Garcia. In the bottom of the inning, it looked like another patented Jeff Samardzija 1st inning meltdown as he loaded the bases but managed to pitch out of the jam unscathed.  

In the early going, it was easy to see that Jeff Samardzija was once again having an off day as his splitter and cutter were missing well off the plate or high. The fastball also didn't have a ton of life on it (for him) topping out around 92mph. Command issues would get Shark into a serious jam once again in the 3rd as he loaded the bases for the Twins and Eddie Rosario made him pay by clobbering a center cut fastball for a grand slam to give the Twins a 4-1 lead and the game immediately started to get that familiar Target Field aroma to it. At this point, it appeared that Jeff was going to pen another chapter in his book entitled "How to Sabotage Your Contract Season" but somehow he managed to grind out a few more innings and stop the Twins right there at 4 runs to give the ball to his bullpen in the 7th with a lead. With the way Samardzija has pitched lately, you'll definitely take an outing like this from him.

The offense would start to chip away at the Twins 4-1 lead by scoring single runs in the 5th on an RBI single from Alexei Ramirez and again in the 6th on an Avisail Garcia sac fly. However, the decisive hit for the Sox offense came against Twins relief pitcher Casey Fien in the Top of the 7th. The inning began with a solid base hit from Alexei Ramirez followed by a walk from Soto. Robin elected to waste an out by sac bunting with Carlos Sanchez but managed to press the right button by pinch hitting J.B. Shuck for a favorable lefty/righty matchup. With Adam Eaton lurking on deck and his lefty reliever not yet warmed up, Paul Molitor elected to stick with Casey Fien who promptly served up a fat pitch that Shuck ripped for a 2 RBI triple into the left center field gap. Both runners scored on Shuck's triple to make it a 5-4 game which gave the Sox a lead they would not relinquish.

Adam Eaton would add on to the Sox lead in the 7th with a sac fly that drove in Shuck. Abreu and Melky Cabrera would extend the lengthy inning with back to back singles but it just wouldn't be a Sox game without at least one bone headed baserunning play. This time, it was Jose Abreu who wore the dunce cap as he tried to go from first to third on Melky's soft single into shallow RF and was gunned out easily to end the threat. It boggles the mind why the slow footed Jose thought he could make it to 3B but he was out by two car lengths. You never want to make the third out going into 3B. (sigh)

Nate Jones did the heavy lifting out of the bullpen today working 1 2/3 innings and getting 3Ks. The biggest out for Jones was striking out pinch hitter Miguel Sano with the tying run on base in the 8th inning. David Robertson worked an uneventful 1-2-3 inning for his 28th save of the season. Overall, it was a nice team win for the Sox today and it felt good to finally beat the Twinkies with a comeback win in their ballpark.

The Sox road trip moves to Kansas City on Friday where Royals nemesis John Danks is set to square off with Kris Medlen.


*Twins reliever Casey Fien has given up 28 hits and 14 earned runs in his career against the Sox and has an E.R.A. of 4.02 against us.

*Jose Abreu was 3 for 4 with 2 doubles, a single, and a walk.

*The Sox had 5 walks today which is a big number for our impatient offense.

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