White Sox and Twins at Target Field for a 4 Game Series. Games 1 and 2
The White Sox packed their bags and headed for Minnesota for a four game series with the Twins at Target Field. Hector Noesi, John Danks, Chris Sale and Scott Carroll are listed as starters for the series. After losing two of three against Kansas City, this is a much-needed confidence building trip. Monday is a day off before the boys head north again to Detroit for an important 3 game series.
*Game One Sox – 5 and the Twins – 2
Hector Noesi against Phil Hughes
Noesi is finding his feet in the Sox starting rotation and a good solid outing would almost anchor him in that position. Daniel Webb and closer Jake Petricka would be on hand to help Noesi get this fifth win on the season.
Things were all quite til the third inning when, Adam Eaton got on base with a double to left, Alexei Ramirez with a single to center brought the quick Eaton home for a 1 – 0 lead.
The top of the fourth saw a change in the office for the Twins when, Hughes turned things over to Deduno. Adam Dunn started things with an infield single to the catcher, Gillaspie moved Dunn to second on a single to right. De Aza loaded the pond with a single to center. They Sox were gifted a 2 – 1 lead when Tyler Flowers was walked, keeping the pond full. Eaton’s RBI single to center brought both Gillaspie and De Aza home for a 4 – 0 Sox lead at the close of the inning,
Top of the sixth would see the final run scored for the day by the Sox when, Gordon “Bacon” Beckham would explode with a double to left. De Aza would wind up on second thanks to an error by the pitcher Deduno, Beckham got home to take the score to 5 – 0 in the Sox favor.
The Twins would make a run at a come back in the bottom of the eighth when,Parmelee on first thanks to a single, Santana would homer to right , cutting the Sox lead to 5 – 2.
Petricka would come on in the ninth to shut down any chance of the Twins taking the win.
*Game Two – Sox 9 and the Twins – 5
John Danks against Kevin Corriea
It would be a slug fest all in the Sox favor for game two.
Top of the first would see Jose Abreu unload home run #30 to center field with Eaton and Ramirez already on the pond thanks to each getting on with a single. The Sox would close the inning with a 3 – 0 lead.
Danks would get taking for a run by the Twins in the bottom of the second when, Willingham reached on an infield single to third, Suzuki taps a sacrifice fly to left, bringing home Willingham for a 3 – 1 Sox lead.
Top of the third would see the Sox add two more runs when Ramirez would unload a home run to left for a 4 – 1 lead, Abreu and Viciedo both on with singles, Gillaspie hit into a fielders choice getting Viciedo out at second and moving Abreu to third. Beckham reached on an error by the third baseman Nunez, getting Abreu home and Gillaspie safe at third. At the close of the inning the Sox had a solid 5 – 1 lead.
The top of the fourth saw the Sox add two more runs when, Ramirez was gifted a walk and was moved to second on a throwing error by Corriea, Dunn’s single brought the speedy Ramirez home, Dunn moved to second on a wild pitch and found his way home when, Viciedo tapped a single into shallow right, taking the score to 7 – 1 Sox favor.
The pitchers quieted things down until the top of the sixth when the Sox added run number 8 when, Viciedo started things with a double to center, Gillaspie’s single to center brought Viciedo home. The Twins home half of the sixth saw them able to add two runs of their own when, Santana started things with an infield single, Nunez single moved Santana to second, Dozier flied out but it was enough to advance the runners. Colabello singled to left center, bringing Santana and Nunez home, cutting the Sox lead to 8 – 3 at the close of the inning.
The seventh inning would see an exchange of home runs with Flowers to left and Arcia to right. At the close of the inning there was still at five run lead in favor of the Sox, 9 – 5. The only activity in the eighth inning would be in the mound office for both sides as Danks passed the keys to Guerra and Burton passed off to Duensing for the Twins.
The bottom of the ninth inning would see the Twins make one last run at trying to steal the win when, Willingham took a Thompson pitch to center. Thompson gave up singles to Suzuki and Escobar but got Fuld to pop out to Beckham at second to close the game.
Chris Sale on the mound on Saturday against new comer Logan Darnell, Scott Carroll will get a change on Sunday to regain some confidence when he goes up against Yohan Pino to close the series