Coming into Tuesday night’s game in Minnesota, Tyler Flowers had already tied his career high with 10 home runs in 114 games this season. After Tuesday’s night 6-3 victory in 10 innings for the Chicago White Sox over the Minnesota Twins, Flowers has a new career high in home runs (plus one) for a season and a single game.
Tyler Flowers homered in the second inning to tie the game at two and also hit a two-run home run in the 10th inning to boost the Sox to their 63rd win of the season on Tuesday. The White Sox won 63 games in 162 games last season. After Tuesday’s win, the Sox have won 63 games in 138 games this season.
“This year, offensively, you’ve seen him over the last six weeks or so especially sort of find one consistent approach and stick with it and have it pay off at the plate. In general, I would certainly say that he can be an everyday catcher on a winning team, especially as he continues to do defensively and from the game calling standpoint in what we are looking for trying to get the best out of the pitchers.”
-White Sox GM Rick Hahn on Tyler Flowers, CSNChicago.com
Flowers’ extra-inning blast gave the White Sox all the insurance they needed after Dayan Viciedo homered to right center to lead off the 10th inning and gave the Sox a 4-3 lead. After Paul Konerko singled and newly-acquired Michael Taylor flew out, Flowers’ 12th home run of the season gave Jacob Petricka all the insurance he needed to finish off his 11th save of the season.
The Sox picked up their sixth win against the Twins in 2014 behind Flowers’ big night and another solid outing from right-hander Hector Noesi.
In seven innings last night, Noesi gave up three runs on nine hits, while striking out five on 101 pitches (68 pitches). Noesi’s numbers won’t wow you by any means, but he’s been a bright spot for the Sox down the stretch of the season with his consistent outings and going deeper into games.
MLB.com and White Sox beat writer Scott Merkin asked a legitimate question on Tuesday night regarding Noesi:
Hector Noesi is part of the White Sox 2015 rotation: Yes or No?
— Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) September 3, 2014
To try and answer that question as simple as possible, yes.
Since July 11th, Noesi has lowered his earned run average from 5.26 to 4.70 and has gone at least seven innings in five of his last six starts. Robin Ventura and the rest of the roster have taken notice to Noesi’s stuff and are pleased with what he has given the Sox as of late. Personally, Noesi has earned a 2015 rotation slot for the time being.
The Good Guys move on to Wednesday and trying to finish off a quick two-game sweep of their division rivals from the Twin Cities. John Danks will get the start for the Sox, while the Twins send right-hander Trevor May to the hill. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 CT.