After having a bad night on Wednesday night, the Chicago White Sox responded with one of their good games for the “Good Guys,” Thursday by defeating the Minnesota Twins, 5-2 at Target Field.
The White Sox offense totaled 11 hits, but it was the pitching of Hector Noesi, who had three strikeouts, that set the tone for the AL Central matchup, as he pitched to allow just three hits and two earned runs in 7.2 innings on the mound.
Through seven innings, Noesi allowed just one hit, but in the eighth he allowed the two runs, one being a two-run home run by Danny Santana with two outs.
All in all, this was the exact type of outing the White Sox needed from their starting pitcher on Thursday. He helped get the bullpen some rest, and it was just a great night of baseball for the White Sox and their fans.
Jake Petricka earned his fifth save of the season, pitching one inning of relief in the ninth. He allowed no runs or hits and struck out two.
Daniel Webb even pitched well, as he gained the final out of the eighth in relief of Noesi.
The win gives Noesi a 5-7 record and lowers his ERA to 4.99.
Adam Eaton had a hot bat in the Twin Cities on Thursday, going 3-for-4 with one run and two RBIs. He hit a double and had no strikeouts.
Conor Gillaspie also had a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with one run.
It was good to see the White Sox leave this game with a win, as they are now 49-54 on the season. The loss dropped the Twins to 46-55.
Phil Hughes was the losing pitcher, falling to 10-7 on the year. Hughes had to leave the game after a line drive by Dunn bounced off the shin of Hughes in the top of the fourth inning.
Hughes allowed two earned runs on four hits and no walks before being injured. He struck out four.