The Chicago White Sox dropped the second of three against Minnesota on Tuesday night despite a well-pitched ball game by their veteran lefty.
Dallas Keuchel held down the Twins’ offense, for the most part, as did Michael Pineda on the other side. This contest came down to a few plays in the middle innings and quite possibly leaving a reliever in too long.
The Sox opened the scoring right away in the first. Tim Anderson legged out an infield single. After that, Jose Abreu singled to put a pair on. With two outs, Eloy Jimenez drove them both home with a double to give the visitors a 2–0 lead.
Keuchel kept Minnesota scoreless until the fifth. With one out, Jorge Polanco singled to center. Then, Nelson Cruz got him to third with a single to right. Not long after, Marwin Gonzalez grounded into what could have been an inning-ending double play, but the throw to Abreu was mishandled and allowed the run to score, 2–1 Sox.
The Twins tied the game in their half of the sixth against Jimmy Cordero. With one out, Jake Cave pinch-hit and tripled a ball to right that ended up giving Nomar Mazara some trouble. Luis Arraez reported as a pinch-hitter and drove home Cave to tie the game at 2–2.
In the seventh, Cruz doubled off of Cordero to start the frame. Ricky Renteria pulled the reliever for Evan Marshall. A full-count walk was issued to Gonzalez to put two on with nobody out. After getting a pair of fly balls to center, Byron Buxton broke the tie with a knock to left that plated Cruz, 3–2 Minnesota. Ross Detwiler came into the game to replace Marshall. The lefty was able to retire Cave to end the inning.
Sergio Romo came in for the Twins and pitched a scoreless eighth. Steve Cishek did the same for the Sox in the bottom half.
Matt Wisler entered the game for Minnesota in the top of the ninth. Jimenez was robbed of extra bases by Ehire Adrianza at third, Luis Robert struck out, and Mazara did as well to end the game. 3–2 Twins is the final from Target Field.
The rubber match of this three-game set will be tomorrow at 7:10 P.M. CDT. Reynaldo Lopez gets the ball for us, Jose Berrios for Minnesota. Tomorrow will begin with the White Sox and Cleveland Indians tied for first place in the American League Central with less than 25 games to go.