The Chicago White Sox dropped the third contest of a four-game set against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night and did so with little offensive presence.
Lucas Giolito grabbed the ball for the Sox opposite of Jake Odorizzi for the Twins. Giolito had a tough time keeping the Twins’ bats quiet whereas the Minnesota staff dominated the Sox offense, allowing just two hits all game.
After both pitchers got through the first inning, the Twins broke open the scoring in their half of the second. Eddie Rosario took a Giolito off-speed pitch to right field for a solo home run to make it 1-0 Minnesota.
In the top of the fourth, Rosario led off the frame with a walk. The next batter, Byron Buxton, hit a two-run home run to extend the Twins’ lead to 3-0. This long ball actually left the yard after he had an inside-the-park home run in game two and one that was reduced to a double in the series opener.
In the bottom half, Jose Abreu got a run back with his 16th dinger of the season. The Minnesota lead shrunk to 3-1. With two outs, Cody Stashak relieved Odorizzi, who left the game with a blister.
Fast forward to the sixth when Ross Detwiler entered the game for Giolito. Despite a pair of baserunners, he was able to retire the side with no damage.
In the top of the eighth with Matt Foster now on the mound for the Sox, Minnesota added on with one swing. After Josh Donaldson walked, Miguel Sano hit the team’s third home run of the night to make it 5-1 Twins. Foster was pulled for Jimmy Cordero.
In the bottom of the ninth, Trevor May entered the game for the Twins to shut it down with a four-run advantage. He retired the side in order to seal Minnesota’s first win of the series, 5-1 the final score.
The White Sox were held to just two hits all game. The first was Anderson’s lead-off single in the first and the other was Abreu’s solo homer in the fourth. With the Tampa Bay Rays’ loss, the White Sox still maintain the best record in the American League. The White Sox will have a chance to clinch a Postseason birth for the first time since 2008 with a win in the series finale this afternoon at 1:10 PM CT. Kenta Maeda takes the hill for Minnesota and Reynaldo Lopez will start for the Sox. Be sure to check out the Sox On Tap Podcast for everything South Side!