The Chicago White Sox took two straight games from the National League West-leading San Francisco Giants to gain some momentum before an 11-game road trip.
Then, in three straight days, the White Sox and their positive push as they headed out on the road vanished.
Although the Sox made yet another ninth-inning effort against Minnesota Twins closer Glen Perkins, the Good Guys fell for the third straight day in Minneapolis, 4-3.
For the second straight day, the Sox took a 2-0 lead. After the Twins scored once in the second inning, Minnesota plated three runs in the fifth inning, chased starter Andre Rienzo from the game and never looked back.
With two outs in the eighth inning, Alejandro De Aza singled to right field and Alexei Ramirez advanced to third base. Adrian Nieto stepped to the plate after the De Aza with runners on the corners and two outs. Nieto watched strike three go by and the final threat of the day for the White Sox went out the window.
Or so most thought.
As the two biggest bats in the White Sox lineup were set to come to the plate, Sox fans everywhere had to be thinking, “Here we go!”
First up: Jose Abreu. Result? Strikeout.
Next up with two outs: Adam Dunn. Result? Strikeout.
Such a tough pill to swallow for a team who has been so resilient coming off a 99-loss season in 2013.
The White Sox try to avoid a four-game sweep on Sunday afternoon. John Danks will try to continue his solid string of outings for the Sox, while the Twins send right-hander Phil Hughes to the mound. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 CT.
White Sox Notes:
- With Adam Eaton’s run in the ninth inning on Saturday, the White Sox have scored 47 total runs in the ninth inning this season, which is still tops in the majors.
- After winning four straight decisions to open the season, Andre Rienzo has been in a downward spiral since then. Rienzo picked up his fifth straight loss on Saturday. In 4 1/3 innings pitched, Rienzo gave up four earned runs on seven hits, walked two and struck out three on 81 pitches (53 strikes).
- The RISP woes continued for the White Sox. On Saturday, the Sox were 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Is that bad?