CHICAGO – Mat Latos improved to 5-0 as the White Sox opened up their three game weekend set with a win over the Twins. A big offensive night all around for the Sox offense helped them stay unbeaten against the Twins, as the South Siders were able to get back to ten games over .500. A minor skirmish occurred in the 8th inning after Jose Abreu was hit by a pitch, and Sox manager Robin Ventura was ejected.
1st Inning (Bottom): With Austin Jackson on first base and two outs, Todd Frazier hit a routine ground ball to shortstop Eduardo Escobar, who botched the play extending the inning. Melky Cabrera then came up with a two-out, two-run double to tack two unearned runs on Twins starter Ricky Nolasco. 2-0 White Sox headed to the top of the 2nd inning.
2nd Inning (Top): After Mat Latos retired the first two hitters, Byung Ho Park reached on a single (advanced to 2nd on a Latos Wild Pitch). Oswaldo Arcia then walked, bringing Kurt Suzuki to the plate with two outs. Suzuki, a Sox killer, drove home Park to cut the lead in half. Latos was able to retire Eduardo Escobar to end the inning. 2-1 White Sox headed to the top of the bottom of the 2nd inning.
2nd Inning (Bottom): Avisail Garcia led off the inning with a single to left, and was advanced to second on a Dioner Navarro ground-out to the right side. Tyler Saladino singled to right, putting runners on the corner with one out. Adam Eaton then drove home two on a single to left, but was thrown out at second trying to stretch the play into a double. Austin Jackson ended the inning with a ground-out. 4-1 White Sox headed to the top of the 3rd inning.
3rd Inning (Bottom): Jose Abreu hit a lead-off home run. No other White Sox batter would reach base. 5-1 White Sox headed to the top of the 4th inning.
4th Inning (Top): Latos retired the first two hitters of the inning, however Byung Ho Park kept the inning alive with a base hit. Oswaldo Arcia then brought the Twins closer to the Sox with a 2-run home run to left, cutting the Sox lead to 5-3. That would be the score headed to the bottom of the 4th inning.
5th Inning (Top): As Latos tired due to a rising pitch total, Eduardo Nunez doubled to lead off the inning. Joe Mauer then advanced him to 3rd base with a sacrifice fly to deep left, bringing Miguel Sano to the plate. Sano was able to bring Nunez home with another sacrifice fly, this time to right field, cutting the Sox lead to 5-4. The Sox would take a one run lead headed to the bottom of the 5th inning.
5th Inning (Bottom): Adam Eaton tripled into the right field corner to lead off the inning, and Austin Jackson followed him up with an infield single (Nolasco failed to cover first). Jose Abreu grounded out to 3rd, but Jackson was put in motion therefore no double play was turned. With runners on 2nd and 3rd, Todd Frazier grounded out to the shortstop, however Adam Eaton was thrown out at home on the contact play. With Jackson and Frazier on the corners, Melky Cabrera delivered with a two out single to score Jackson, putting the Sox up 6-4. Brett Lawrie followed him up with a single, scoring Frazier. It would be 7-4 White Sox headed to the top of the 6th inning.
7th Inning (Bottom): With two outs and no one on, the White Sox were able to load the bases with Melky Cabrera, Brett Lawrie, and Avisail Garcia. Dioner Navarro came to the plate and hit a ball back up the middle that Fernando Abad knocked down but couldn’t find, scoring Cabrera. Tyler Saladino then singled back through the middle, scoring two more runs. The White Sox ended the 7th inning up 10-4, which would be the final score.
After Oswaldo Arcia hit a two run home run, the Twins were closing the gap on the White Sox lead. Mat Latos then gave up two more hits, putting the go ahead run at home plate. Danny Santana struck out, however the ball got away from catcher Dioner Navarro. However, Navarro was able to throw to first just in time to retire Santana.
Both Adam Eaton and Austin Jackson robbed Twins hitters tonight, as they continued their stellar play. Eaton robbed Eduardo Nunez in the top of the second on a line drive that could have gone for extra bases, and Jackson made a catch up against the fence on a ball caught by Byung Ho Park.
Melky Cabrera: 4-5, 3 RBI, 2B, R
Tyler Saladino: 2-4, 2 RBI, R
Adam Eaton: 2-5, 2 RBI, 3B
Saturday: Chicago White Sox (20-10) vs Minnesota Twins (8-21)
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