Aug 1, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (49) reacts after giving up an RBI single in the third inning against the Minnesota Twins at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

White Sox Take A "Twin" Killing From Minnesota

After winning three of their first four series coming out of the All-Star break, the Chicago White Sox battled their division rival from the Twin Cities: the Minnesota Twins.

The Sox took three games from the Twins in a four-game series last week, including a 7-0 shutout on July 26th.

If properly starting off a six-game home-stand means getting beat by 13 runs, then the White Sox are on the right track. Minnesota blasted the White Sox, 16-3 on Sunday afternoon. Not only did Minnesota rack up 23 hits on White Sox pitching, they shelled White Sox reliever Andre Rienzo for back-to-back-to-back home runs in the ninth inning.

In the words of legendary White Sox play-by-play man, Ken “Hawk” Harrelson, “You’ve gotta be bleepin’ me!”

This past weekend’s series for the White Sox actually got off to a good start on Friday night, with a 10-8 come-from-behind win. Behind six singles (including four RBI singles), the Sox came back from a 7-6 deficit to plate four runs in the eighth inning.

Chris Sale didn’t have his usual stuff on the mound, but still struck out seven Minnesota hitters in six innings of work. Jake Petricka picked up his seventh save of the season in nine chances.

Saturday brought a changing of the guard in the series with a late-inning Twins rally. Minnesota scored four runs in the final two innings to defeat the White Sox, 8-6.

In the loss, Sox fans saw the end of Jose Abreu‘s 21-game hitting streak. Abreu went 0-for-3 with a pair of walks. Since July 6th (when Abreu’s hitting streak started) until Saturday’s loss, Abreu’s batting average rose from .276 to .310. Abreu still leads all of baseball with 31 home runs and 84 runs batted in.

Starting on Monday night, the White Sox will welcome Yu Darvish and the Texas Rangers to U.S. Cellular Field for a three-games series to complete their six-game home-stand.

Hector Noesi will get the start for the White Sox and will be opposed by Rangers right-hander Nick Martinez. Noesi was crushed for six runs on six hits just in the first inning alone on July 30th against the Detroit Tigers in his last outing. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 CT.

 

White Sox Notes:

Friday, 10-8 win:

Saturday, 8-6 loss:

Sunday, 16-3 loss:

 

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