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Aw, Shuck(s): Sox Beat Twins, Take the Series

June 30 vs Minnesota Twins

Toon Squad Update:
"Aw, J.B. Shucks!"

Short Take:  Late inning hitting by J.B. Shuck garners Sox a 6-5 win; Carlos Rodon throws strikes and Tim Anderson goes 3/4 and finally draws a walk.

How about that? Another series win! Today, the Sox took the series against the Minnesota Twins, beating the Toons 6-5.

Facing soft-tossing lefty Tommy Milone, in the bottom of the 2nd Todd Frazier launched the scoring with a rocket into the Sox bullpen. In the 3rd, Adam Eaton reached on a fielder’s choice, then stole 2nd. Jose Abreu singled to left and Eaton went streaking for home. The throw to the plate beat him, but Eaton’s nifty slide around Kurt Suzuki’s attempted tag was a thing of beauty, and the Sox took a 2-0 lead.

Sox starter Carlos Rodon made it look easy the first time through the Twins order, setting everyone down. But in the 4th, the Twinkies tied it up with back-to-back homers by Robbie Grossman and Brian Dozier.

But the Sox replied in the bottom of the inning. After Brett Lawrie doubled, a soft single from Avi Garcia scored Lawrie. Garcia swiped second and then Matt Davidson (making his White Sox debut) singled up the middle, scoring Garcia. The Sox didn’t stop the barrage there. J.B. Shuck doubled, Tim Anderson collected his first-ever walk, and then Adam Eaton was plunked on the elbow by Tommy Milone, earning a painful RBI. The 5-2 score with bases loaded and 1 out apparently was enough for the Twins manager Paul Molitor, who pulled Milone for Neil Ramirez. Ramirez got Jose Abreu to ground into a double play and end the threat.

But the Twins came back with a run in the 6th when Dozier singled in a run. Rodon was lifted for Matt Albers, who walked Trevor Plouffe, then got Kurt Suzuki to fly out. Rodon’s line of 5 hits, 4 earned runs, 4 Ks and 1 walk was good, but especially apparent was his ability to throw more first-pitch strikes.

With the Sox leading 5-4, the bullpen combination of Albers, Zach Duke, and Nate Jones tried to protect the lead. But with Max Kepler at 2nd after Duke gave up a leadoff double in the 7th, Jones coughed up a single to Nunez that tied the game. Boo, bullpen.

In the 7th, leadoff hitter Tim Anderson reached base for the 4th time today with a single, then Eaton advanced him to 2nd with a good bunt. But the big bats could not score him. Abreu struck out and Frazier hit a soft flyout to right.

Today’s late-inning hero award goes to J.B. Shuck, who in the top of the 8th made a nice catch of a Brian Dozier fly ball that certainly would have been a double. Then he followed that up by singling in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the 8th. Then David Robertson closed out the game by striking out the side with some terrific nasty breaking stuff. Loved it!

Of note:

  • Matt Davidson, who made his White Sox debut today after receiving the call-up from Charlotte last night, left the game in the 6th after with right foot soreness. Starting at DH, he was 1/2 with an RBI today. Turns out he broke his foot running the bases. Get well soon, Matt.
  • With his 3 hits today, Tim Anderson now has a 7-game hitting streak. He also made a really nice play deep in the shortstop hole, throwing out a runner while in mid-jump.

The Sox hit on the road for Houston to face the Astros tomorrow. night at 7:10; Miguel Gonzalez is schedule to face Mike Fiers.

WSI's That's All, Folks:  Gawrsh! Another series win!

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