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More Road Woes

September 1 at Minnesota Twins

Toon Squad Update:
It really is all doom and gloom.

Short Take:  Despite racking up 15 hits, Sox get beat by lowly Twins 8-5.

My initial thought when I realized that the Sox were playing the Twins tonight was: “Oh, yay. They’re playing a team that’s worse than them – good news, especially after getting swept by the Tigers in Detroit.”

The Twins had lost 13 games in row. So guess who got to "ruin" the Twins’ losing streak? If you answered with “the Chicago White Sox,” pat yourself on the back. Sorry, no prizes awarded for correct answers, because it was too easy of a question.

After Todd Frazier homered on the first pitch of the 2nd inning off of Twins starter Ervin Santana, I decided to go walk my dogs. Hey, the Sox were leading 1-0 and one of our most dependable pitchers, Jose Quintana, was pitching…what could happen, right?

I came home to the top of 3rd, and the Twins are leading 5-1. HUH? Apparently, Quintana gave up a couple-three singles, and a wild pitch, and a homer, according to the box score.

Yeah. It’s that kind of season.

Twins starter Santana gave up 11 hits and 2 walks over the 5 innings that he pitched, but the Sox could only muster 2 runs out of that offensive explosion. To wit: the Sox loaded up the bases in the 3rd, but didn’t score. In the 5th, Morneau singled and Frazier walked, they both advanced on a wild pitch…and there they stayed. Halfway through the game, the Sox RISP was 1-9, and 10 guys had been left stranded.

After giving up those 5 runs in the 2nd inning, Quintana settled down and retired 10 in a row. Then Joe Mauer singled in the 5th and then Trevor Plouffe hit a dinger to make it 7-2.

I lost complete interest in the game at that point, and began composing a “Dear John” letter to the White Sox instead:

Dear White Sox,

I’m really sorry to say this, but I think we need to take a break for a while. You keep saying you’ll change, and things will get better. In April, I thought it might be true. But it was short lived, and you just kept talking, and apologizing, and nothing ever changes. I can no longer invest my emotions into you. Feel free to call me when you have figured out how to provide run support for good pitching, and when you get a decent bullpen and a new manager. Perhaps we can patch things up then.



That was a fun distraction. Anyway, blah blah blah, the game went on and it ended up being an 8-5 loss to the Twins, even though the Sox outhit Minnesota 15 to 9.

Miscellaneous highlights:

  • Jose Abreu continued his hot hitting, going 3/5 with 2 RBIs and a run scored.
  • Carlos Sanchez came into the game for Tim Anderson, after Anderson got hit while running the bases by a Melky Cabrera liner in the 1st inning. Anderson is day-to-day. Sanchez made the most of his opportunity, going 2/3 with a double, run scored and an RBI.
  • September callups Jose Minaya and Kevan Smith made their major league debuts as the Sox battery in the 8th inning. Minaya walked the 1st batter he faced, but also got Kurt Suzuki to strike out and catcher Smith threw out Polanco trying to steal.

The Sox face the Twin again tomorrow at 7:10; Carlos Rodon faces Kyle Gibson.

*Ah, who am I kidding? I’ll be back tomorrow following the Sox, checking WSI, and watching games. Because I’m a White Sox fan.

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