The White Sox began a stretch of 19 consecutive games against AL Central foes after winning their previous three. The first place Twins defeated the Sox for the third time in four games 6-3 in 10 innings. The White Sox wasted opportunities for more runs and another solid start from Johnny Cueto. They also ran themselves into a historically embarrassing triple play in the seventh.
The South Siders got on the board early when Jose Abreu opened the scoring with a solo homer. It was his 10th of the season.
A Triple Play for the Ages
Johnny Cueto continued his solid stretch of pitching for the Pale Hose. He worked 6.0 innings allowing just two runs on five hits. He struck out three and was effective despite walking five batters. His only mistake was a two-run homer surrendered to Byron Buxton in the fifth. Matt Foster, Liam Hendriks, and Kendall Graveman pitched a combined 3.0 innings and allowed just one hit while fanning three.
Chicago trailed 2-1 when they put runners on first and second with no outs in the seventh. Yoan Moncada plated Jose Abreu with a base hit to left. Adam Engel pinch ran for Gavin Sheets on second, and with Moncada on first, A.J. Pollock hit a deep fly that Byron Buxton tracked down. Engel and Moncada ran without tagging up. Buxton threw to third basemen Gio Urshela. Urshela tagged Moncada between second and third and stepped on second to complete the first 8-5 triple play in MLB history.
Sox Pitching Falls Apart
The game went into extra innings where things quickly came unglued in the 10th. Luis Arraez led off with a ground ball off Joe Kelly that scored ghost runner Gilberto Celestino. Kelly was ineffective once again and walked consecutive hitters. Jorge Polanco added a sacrifice fly, and Alex Kiriloff put the Twins ahead 6-2 with a two-run single. Jhoan Duran allowed an RBI single in the 10th, but struck out Tim Anderson with runners on the corners to end the game.
Closer Liam Hendriks pitched for the first time since being placed on IL on June 11. He struck out the side in the eighth. His fastball reached 97 MPH.
Tony La Russa was ejected from the game in the 10th for arguing with the home plate umpire.
Eloy Jimenez could rejoin the team at week’s end, Tony La Russa said.
Yasmani Grandal will resume running the bases, but there is no timetable for his return.
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