The Chicago White Sox dropped the series finale against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night in ugly fashion. Sloppy defense has been the story over the past two days for the South Siders. The team committed four errors in the rubber match.
Coming into tonight’s game, the mantra was that Reynaldo Lopez was making the biggest start of his White Sox career. Unfortunately, his evening didn’t last long and was countered by a very good Jose Berrios for the Twins.
Danger found Lopez early in the first but the right-hander was able to wiggle out of it. After giving up back-to-back singles to Max Kepler and Josh Donaldson, Jorge Polanco walked to load the bases with nobody out. Nelson Cruz struck out and Eddie Rosario grounded to second for an inning-ending double play. Nick Madrigal sailed the throw to Tim Anderson on the double play, causing the White Sox’ shortstop’s foot to come off the base, but the original ‘out’ call somehow still stood after review.
Minnesota opened up the scoring in their half of the second, all with two outs. Jake Cave hit a solo home run to give the Twins a 1-0 lead. Ryan Jeffers followed with a walk. Kepler reached on a fielding error by Nick Madrigal that allowed the inning to continue. Donaldson doubled home both runners to extend the lead to 3-0. This forced Ricky Renteria to bring in Ross Detwiler for Lopez.
- Lopez: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
The Sox got a run back in the top of the third. Madrigal began the frame with a single, but it was erased by a Tim Anderson fielder’s choice. Yoan Moncada and Yasmani Grandal walked to load the bases. Jose Abreu grounded out to first which plated Anderson to make it 3-1 Minnesota.
Another run came in the third for the Twins. Miguel Sano sent one over the wall off of Detwiler to extend the Twins’ lead to 4-1.
In the bottom of the fifth, Zack Burdi came on to pitch for the Sox. Sano greeted him with a leadoff double. Luis Arraez then grounded a ball to Abreu, who ran after Sano as he was caught between second and third. On the rundown, Tim Anderson threw the ball wide of third Sano scored on the play to make it 5-1. Arraez advanced to second in the sequence and was singled home by Cave to make it 6-1 bad guys.
Minnesota piled on more runs in their half of the sixth. Jimmy Cordero came on for the sixth time since August 26th and walked Cruz. Rosario did the rest by rocketing a two-run home run to make it 8-1 Twins.
- Berrios: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K
The game painfully ended with a flawless ladder half from the Twins’ bullpen. Two of three went to Minnesota in this series.
The White Sox, now 22-15 and a game out of first place, will head to Kansas City to take on the Royals for a four-game set at Kauffman Stadium. Kansas City is coming off a series against the Cleveland Indians in which they scored just three runs and dropped two of three. The pitchers for tomorrow’s 7:05 PM CT tilt will be Dylan Cease for the White Sox and Danny Duffy for them.