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Rejecting Minnesota Nice

July 30 at Minnesota


Toon Squad Update:
Peppermint Patty
The better team put the Twins, whose home was also that of Charles Schultz, away. Patty was always the star athlete.

Short Take:   A late collapse turns into a comeback extra-inning win in Minnesota.

TWIN CITIES -- After literally letting the Minnesota Twins walk to victory Friday, the White Sox attempted to make things right during Saturday's contest, for which I was in attendance. It appeared to be a mostly easy victory, but the bullpen made us think it was going to get away. Luckily, the offense was there to pick it right back up and the result was a 6-5 victory in 10 innings.

Miguel Gonzalez was in control for most of his seven innings of work, giving up just one earned run and one walk. An unearned run came in the third when Byron Buxton took advantage of Jose Abreu mishandling a putout at first. Buxton stole second while Dioner Navarro's throw went into center, prompting Buxton to head home. J.B. Shuck made a perfect throw to Navarro, who couldn't hang onto the ball and was thus charged with two errors en route to the Twins taking a 1-0 lead.

The Sox got that first run back in the fourth on back-to-back doubles by Avisail Garcia and Justin Morneau. Then, with two outs and nobody on in the fifth, Tim Anderson and Tyler Saladino's back-to-back singles scored on a Melky Cabrera double. In what had to be a bittersweet moment for him, Morneau hit a solo home run in the sixth, prompting a little applause from the Target Field crowd. With a 4-1 lead, a Sox victory seemed imminent.

But the Pale Hose bullpen has been very unreliable of late and Saturday provided further evidence of that. After Gonzalez surrendered a run in the seventh, Dan Jennings faced two batters to lead off the eighth, but got just one out. Sox fans like myself who became worried when Matt Albers relieved him had good reason to do so as he walked Brian Dozier on four pitches right away. One out later, Eduardo Escobar homered to right center, putting the Twins up 5-4 and costing Gonzalez a victory that should have been his.

Fortunately, the Twins' bullpen is no more reliable than the South Siders'. With one out in the top of the ninth, Anderson doubled off Brandon Kintzler to put the tying run on. Saladino struck out, leaving the game in Cabrera's hands. Cabrera has been the team's most dependable hitter this year and he showed it when he drove in Anderson on a single, knotting the game at 5.

From there, all heroics belonged to the Sox. Michael Ynoa loaded the bases with two gone in the bottom of the ninth, but got Dozier to pop out, forcing extras. Garcia led off the 10th with a double and Navarro doubled himself to bring Garcia home. David Robertson retired the Twins in order to get the save and close what turned into a crazy game late.

The offense broke out after slumping for a few games, but it was nearly undone by a depleted, overworked and incomplete bullpen. There's not enough consistency on this club to expect the different components to bail each other out regularly. Chalk this one up as a game in which the Sox were fortunate to break their three-game losing streak. But as the classic saying goes, it's often better to be lucky than good.

With this win, my trip to Minnesota is already a success, but how nice would it be to see two wins here? It can happen Sunday at 1:10 when Carlos Rodon makes his first start since July 5 in his return from the DL. Ervin Santana is on the bump for the Twins. It'll be a tough puzzle to figure out, but as Saturday showed, baseball is a crazy game and often doesn't make sense, which is why we love it.

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