Forget about it: Not many good things to talk about tonight, but, uh, Tim Anderson had two hits, he is up to .331! (Clinton Cole/South Side Hit Pen)
Tonight’s 14-4 Minnesota Twins blowout of the Chicago White Sox got off to a nice start for the South Siders.
No, really, it did.
White Sox starting pitcher Reynaldo López shut down the first six hitters he saw, even though four of those were fly outs.
The South Siders then put up a crooked number on the board in the top of the third inning. Shortstop Tim Anderson got the party started by poking a softly hit double down the right field line to score Yolmer Sánchez.
José Abreu stayed hot (at the plate), launching his 28th home run of the year, into the right-field seats. Abreu now has 94 RBIs on the year.
López then struggled the rest of the way. The lack of missed bats early on foreshadowed some rough times.
Max Kepler hit his eighth home run this year off White Sox pitching, in the bottom of the third — this one of the two-run variety.
Nelson Cruz then said, “Why not me?” in the fourth inning and also hit his eighth home run against the Sox this year. Cruz is 39 years old, mind you, but the 1.057 OPS will certainly play at any age. He had four extra base-hits tonight (the Twins had 10, for what it’s worth).
Those are some terrifying stats to read, but those who’ve been following this team closely this year can’t be too shocked.
And then came the fifth inning (cue the dramatic music in the background). López faced Kepler with a man on first and two outs. It seemed like López would have no issues getting out of that, and, well, he would have if it weren’t for one of the strangest plays of the year.
López threw a fastball in on the hands of Kepler, who check-swinged and dribbled the ball out in front of home plate. Welington Castillo picked it up, threw to first and Abreu … just missed the catch. Went right off the end of his glove.
Not really sure how to explain what happened, other than it was a mental mistake from Abreu. Here’s how the following three at-bats fared …
HBP, double, single. Good for four (unearned) runs.
Yeah, not good. The game was lost at that point. López ended his night going six innings, giving up seven runs (three earned) on six hits. He struck out three and did not walk a hitter.
Anderson hit a solo shot in the sixth inning, but that’s all the offense would produce.
The eighth inning featured Kelvin Herrera getting shelled yet again. He went 2/3 of an inning, giving up five earned runs. Oh my.
Hector Santiago came in and gave up two earned runs of his own. Jason Benetti said in the eighth that the Sox were once up 3-0 in the game, and Steve Stone said, “Yes, when the dinosaurs roamed Earth.”
We can confirm there is a tomorrow, though. Lucas Giolito against Jake Odorizzi is a great pitching matchup. Hopefully the Sox can take the series!