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Lucky 13

September 4 at Minnesota Twins

Toon Squad Update:
Lady Luck
When things bounce your way

Short Take: Old-fashioned slugfest goes to Sox.

For the second day in a row, White Sox pitching surrendered 11 runs. Normally this is a recipe for disaster, as was the case yesterday. But today, crappy Twins pitching and timely White Sox hitting combined to put 13 Pale Hose runs on the board. The Sox defeated the Twins 13-11 in 12 innings.

The game started out great for our White Sox. Twins starter Andrew Albers looked more like Matt Albers. Tim Anderson singled with one out. Melky Cabrera reached on one of three Twins errors as Anderson went to second. Jose Abreu cleared the bases with a homer to the Target Field upper deck. The Sox led 3-0. In the 2nd inning, Kevan Smith reached on another Twins error, then went to second on a wild pitch. Carlos Sanchez drove a ball to deep center to move Smith to third. Adam Eaton then hit a slow roller to third that scored Smith. A 4-0 lead looked pretty good.

Sox pitcher Anthony Ranaudo had to battle both the Twins lineup and the home plate umpire. In the bottom of the 2nd, he eventually walked Trevor Plouffe after not getting a strike three call. Max Kepler and Miguel Sano followed with singles, loading the bases. Ranaudo looked like he might wriggle off the hook by striking out Eddie Rosario and retiring John Ryan Murphy on a short fly ball to center. But newest Twins Sox killer Byron Buxton homered to center, tying the game at 4. Had he gotten the Plouffe strikeout, Ranaudo might have exited the inning with his 4-0 lead intact.

The Twins began piling on the offense after the disaster of the 2nd inning. In the bottom of the 3rd a wild pitch on a strikeout kept the line moving, and the Twins added two runs. Brian Dozier hit a solo homer in the bottom of the 4th, putting the Twins up 7-4. The Sox got one back in the top of the 5th on a two-out Cabrera double followed by an RBI Abreu single. The Sox couldn't hold, as the Twins answered with two in the bottom of the 5th with a Murphy homer and back-to-back doubles by Buxton and Dozier. The 9-5 Twins lead looked bad for our Sox.

The Sox refused to give up. In the top of the 7th Anderson and Cabrera singled, then Abreu hit his second three-run homer of the day. The Sox trailed by only one run. Sano answered with a solo homer in the bottom of the 7th. The Sox got the run back in the top of the 8th on Avi Garcia's double, a walk to Omar Narvaez, a productive Sanchez ground out, and a productive RBI ground out by Adam Eaton. Going into the 9th The Sox trailed 10-9. Minnesota closer Brandon Kintzler gave up a dreaded leadoff walk to Melky, and the Sox took advantage. Abreu grounded out but Cabrera took second. Todd Frazier hit a sharp single to left that Cabrera could not score on. With runners on the corners, Kintzler pitched around pinch hitter Justin Morneau, moving the lead run into scoring position. Avi came through with a single up the middle, scoring Cabrera and pinch runner JB Shuck. The Sox led 11-10 and just needed three outs.

But David Robertson did not attack the strike zone aggressively, and followed Kintzler's example with a leadoff walk of his own. One out later, pinch hitter Kurt Suzuki doubled in the tying run. Nate Jones and Juan Minaya followed with scoreless 10th and 11th innings. In the top of the 12th, Narvaez singled and was bunted to second by Sanchez. Eaton followed with a single to left, and Narvaez stopped at third. Eddie Rosario needlessly fired the ball home, over Suzuki's head, and Eaton moved to second. Anderson drove a double to the left field wall, scoring a pair, and the Sox led 13-11.

Suddenly Minaya could not find the plate in the bottom of the 12th, and walked the first two Twins batters. With the Sox quality relief pitchers already used up, Tommy Kahnle, whose relationship with the strike zone is tenuous at best, was called in to relieve. Plouffe hit the first pitch hard, but luckily, lined right to Kahnle. Tommy struck out Kepler on a 3-2 pitch, but then walked Eduardo Escobar after wild pitching the runners into scoring position. Rosario hit the first pitch he saw hard, but luck smiled on Kahnle again. The ball caromed off the pitcher to Frazier, whose barehand pickup beat the runner to first and ended the game.

The Sox return home to face Detroit on Monday at 3:10 pm. Chris Sale faces Justin Verlander. The game will be broadcast on Comcast Sports Net.

That's all folks:
Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good.

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