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Sox Fall in Slugfest

June 20th, 2017 at Minnesota Twins

Sox Office Smash Hit:
Take a beating, make a comeback, but still a lose the fight.

Short Take:  Sox hit 3HRs but drop slugfest to the Twins 9-7.

The White Sox looked to keep their momentum going in Minneapolis after winning their previous two series against AL East opponents. The Twins came into this series licking their wounds after getting their clocks cleaned by the Tribe in 4 straight games and the Sox looked to try kick them while they were down in Game 1. A long slugfest that featured a combined 28 hits and 10 walks ended in favor of the Twins by a final score of 9-7. 

After a solid start against Baltimore last week, Derek Holland couldn't build on his momentum in Minnesota. The Twins got on the board in the bottom of the first as Twins slugger Miguel Sano clubbed a long drive over the wall in CF for a 2 run shot. The Sox would answer back with a big crooked number in the Top of the 3rd. Back to back doubles from Melky Cabrera and Jose Abreu cut the Twins lead in half. Avisail Garcia did what Avisail Garcia does this year and that's get big hits and drive home runs. A long towering 2 run bomb by Avi to right center field gave the Sox the lead. Before Avi could finish high fiving his teammates in the dugout, Matt Davidson went back to back for a solo bomb to LF giving the good guys a 4-2 lead. Considering Ervin Santana had owned the Sox this year, it was great to finally break through against him.  

Unfortunately, the good feelings didn't last long as Derek Holland just didn't have it tonight. The "Dutch Oven" would allow 5 more runs to the Twinkees that was capped off by a long 3 run HR by Kennys Vargas making it 7-4 Twinkees. The HRs continues to really plague Derek Holland in his poor starts this year. The Sox have plenty of fight in them this year though and rarely can be counted out of ballgames. Tonight was no different. The Pale Hose climbed right back into the game in the bottom of the 5th with a 2 RBI line drive triple from Yolmer Sanchez that was ripped down the line. Suddenly it was a 7-6 ballgame and this was clearly developing into a slugfest as Ervin Santana was also far from sharp.

Budding Sox nemesis Byron Buxton dinged Chris Beck for an RBI single in the bottom of the 5th making it 8-6 Twins. Why does this guy plays up to his potential only against the Sox? However, Abreu would get that run right back in the Top of the 6th with a high towering solo HR to RF. Unfortunately, the Sox stranded the bases loaded this inning as well letting the Twins off the hook. Kevan Smith hit it hard to the gap in right center but Buxton unfortunately tracked it down which ended the threat. The Sox put together a couple more threats late in this game but just couldn't land the big hit when they needed it.

Despite the multitude of stranded runners, this game was decided by yet another less than quality start by White Sox starting pitching. It's tough to fault the offense when they score seven runs. The bullpen also did a nice job tonight keeping the Sox in the ballgame but they just couldn't muster the big hit late to offset Holland's bad start. On a side note, rebuilding or not, I really hate losing to the Twins. Hopefully, the Sox can rebound tomorrow as David Holmberg takes on Jose Berrios.

Game Notes-

-Derek Holland went 2.2 innings, 9 hits, 7ER, 1BB, 4K, 2HR allowed. Not a good outing for Dutch Oven.

-Matt Davidson hit his 16th HR tonight.

-Avisail Garcia went 3 for 4, 1HR, 2RBI, 1BB. Vote this man into the All Star Game.

-Jose Abreu was 4 for 5 with 1HR, 2 doubles, and a walk.

-The Sox bullpen covered 5.2 innings and gave up only 1 earned run.

-The White Sox left 14 men on base tonight and were 4 for 20 with RISP.

 I hate the Twins.

submitted by Foulke You.

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