Jun 21, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura (23) pulls starting pitcher Andre Rienzo (64) from the game in the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
For the third straight day, the Chicago White Sox were unable to handle the Minnesota Twins, losing 4-3 at Target Field on Saturday.
The White Sox kept it close for four innings with the score being 2-1 in favor of the visiting White Sox as they were on their fifth day of 16 consecutive days of baseball.
The closeness went away in the fifth inning, where the White Sox allowed the Twins to score three runs for a 4-2 deficit. Eventually, Chicago threatened in the ninth to score Adam Eaton.
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It was a win just wasn’t in the books for the White Sox.
As for their first two runs, Jose Abreu singled to centerfield to score Conor Gillaspie in the first inning, and in the second,
Gordon Beckham was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score Dayan Viciedo.
Gillaspie and Abreu each led the White Sox with two hits, Saturday. Abreu now has 54 RBIs this season in 60 games played, with a .268 batting average.
Brian Dozier led Minnesota by going 2-for-3 with one run. Chris Parmelee was also 2-for-3 with one walk for the Twins.
Kevin Correia was the winning pitcher for the Twins, while Glen Perkins had the save.
The loss for the White Sox went to Andre Rienzo, who managed to pitch just 4.1 innings, allowing four earned runs on seven hits and two walks. He struck out three, as his season ERA now stands at 5.86.
Scott Carroll pitched in relief for 3.2 innings, allowing two hits.
Again, it was more of the same unreliable pitching from the back end of the rotation. Friday night, Hector Noesi allowed four earned runs in seven innings, so in less than 24 hours, the No. 4 and No. 5 starters for the White Sox have allowed eight earned runs.
Numbers like that for starting pitching is a easy way for a team to lose three straight times to the Twins.