Live Thread: White Sox vs Twins 5/8
CHICAGO – The Chicago White Sox (21-10) will take on the Minnesota Twins (8-22) in the series finale this afternoon at 1:10 PM (CT) at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox are in position to close the week’s home stand with a sweep of the Twins on Mothers Day.
The White Sox took game one of the series on Friday night after the bats exploded for 10 runs on 14 hits, propelling starter Mat Latos to the victory. Latos ran his record to 5-0 with a 2.62 ERA on the campaign with the victory on Friday night.
Tempers flared on Friday after Twins reliever Trevor May plunked White Sox slugger Jose Abreu seemingly intentionally, in retaliation for Nate Jones hitting Byung Ho Park in the top half of the inning. Benches cleared, and Robin Ventura was ejected after giving the home plate umpire a piece of his mind after May was allowed to stay in the game.
Saturday evening started in similar fashion as White Sox ace Chris Sale drilled Byung Ho Park on the knee in the top of the first. It was determined that there was no intention behind the hit by pitch, only a slider that got away from Sale. Park would leave the game due to the play, and would be replaced by Joe Mauer. Sale would allow two runs in the first inning, but would gather himself and allow no runs, on just one base hit over the next six innings.
Tod Frazier collected a game tying solo home run in the third inning, and follow that up with a pair of fine defensive gems to take away hits, and an RBI double in the seventh inning, as the White Sox rolled to a 7-2 victory.
The White Sox will send Jose Quintana to the mound this afternoon as they aim to sweep the twins for the second time this season. Quintana is 4-1 with a stifling 1.40 ERA on the season. Enjoying the luxury of some run support that he never has experienced in the past, Quintana is establishing himself as what we always knew that he was, one of the best starting pitchers in all of baseball. Quintana will be opposed by Twins starter Tyler Duffey who boasts an 0-1 record with a 1.74 ERA in two starts in 2016.
Check out today’s White Sox lineup below, and following along with the action in the comments section below! And a heartfelt happy Mother’s Day to all of the Mom’s out there from Southside Showdown!
- Adam Eaton – RF
- Jimmy Rollins – SS
- Jose Abreu – 1B
- Todd Frazier – 3B
- Melky Cabrera – LF
- Brett Lawrie – 2B
- Avisail Garcia – DH
- Dioner Navarro – C
- Austin Jackson – CF