The Cleveland Guardians now hold an 11-game lead on both the Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox. The two teams have been two of baseball’s biggest disappointments this season. Cleveland surged past both teams over the last three weeks to clinch the AL Central with 10 days left on the schedule. After Seattle’s victory over Texas, the Mariners finalized the elimination of both the Twins and White Sox from the Wild Card race.
"There's nothing else you can say. You've just got to put it behind, come back tomorrow and do better," White Sox acting manager Miguel Cairo said.
Matt Wallner, who homered in the series opener, drove in a career-high three runs. Gio Urshela and Jake Cave each had three hits and Minnesota defeated the White Sox 8-4. An RBI single by Yasmani Grandal opened the scoring in the second inning, and Josh Harrison’s sacrifice fly put the Sox ahead 2-0. However, as we have seen too many times in the 2022 season, the White Sox gave the runs back in the bottom half of the frame. Cave’s RBI single and Wallner’s two-run double down the right-field line gave them the lead for good. Jose Abreu and Andrew Vaughn each added RBI singles for the Pale Hose.
The Bitter End
Wallner added an RBI infield single in the fifth when his roller up the line was scooped by José Abreu who hesitated after considering a throw home to try to get Urshela. It was too late to tag Wallner. Johnny Cueto has run out of steam to end the 2022 campaign. He’s tossed 151.1 innings through his 24 appearances and 23 starts. It’s the highest total the 36-year-old has reached in a season since 2016. He surrendered six runs on ten hits and walked one while fanning seven in his 5.2 innings of work.
White Sox reliever Jake Diekman entered the game in relief of Cueto and issued a bases-loaded, two-out walk. Jose Miranda added an RBI double to center in the seventh off reliever Joe Kelly.
News and Notes
Luis Arraez went 2-for-5 and lifted his batting average to .3133, trailing only Aaron Judge who is hitting .3134 in the AL. Judge tied the American League record with his 61st home run of the season on Wednesday as well.
This was Johnny Cueto’s fourth straight start.
"They just hit balls that were out of the strike zone. I don't know how," Cairo said.
Yoan Moncada was out of the lineup with a bone bruise.
What’s On Tap Next?
The White Sox and Twins will wrap up the series on Thursday afternoon. Lucas Giolito will face Louie Varland. You can watch the game on NBC Sports Chicago and Sox On Tap will have the postgame.