CHICAGO – The Chicago White Sox won their 22nd game of the 2016 season, as they wrapped up a Mother’s Day sweep of the Minnesota Twins at U.S. Cellular Field on Sunday afternoon.
Starter Jose Quintana threw seven innings of one run, six hit baseball en route to the victory on Sunday. Quintana improved to 5-1, and closer David Robertson collected save number 10 on the early season. Jose Quintana did not earn his fifth victory of the year in 2015 until July 24. Chris Sale, Jose Quintana, and Mat Latos are a combined 17-1 thus far in 2016.
The White Sox went 6-13 in 2015 versus the Twins, they are already 6-0 versus the Twins this season after collecting a pair of sweeps over the division rivals to date.
Dioner Navarro, and Austin Jackson stayed hot with an RBI double a piece on the afternoon, and Todd Frazier added an RBI as well early on.
The White Sox will wrap up the home stand with a 4-2 record, a 22-10 record on the season, and a five game lead in the American League Central division.
3rd Inning (Top): In the top of the third inning the Twins got on the board first when outfielder Jorge Polanco grounded out to shortstop Jimmy Rollins, plating Eddie Rosario from third base. The Twins led 1-0 after three innings.
4th Inning (Bottom): With Adam Eaton on third base, Todd Frazier grounded out to Twins third-baseman Trevor Plouffe allowing the speedy Adam Eaton to score, and tie the ballgame at one each.
5th Inning (Bottom): In the bottom of the fifth inning Austin Jackson plated Avisail Garcia on an RBI double to center-field. The White Sox led 2-1 after five innings.
7th Inning (Bottom): Dioner Navarro added some insurance to the White Sox lead in the home half of the seventh inning with an RBI double, scoring Avisail Garcia all the way from first base. The White Sox led 3-1 after seven innings on Sunday afternoon.
Jose Quintana allowed two base runners in the top of the first with no outs, two runners in the top of the third with no outs, two in the top of the fourth with one out, and escaped with just one run allowed on the afternoon. After a turbulent start to the ballgame Quintana retired 11 of the final 12 Twins hitters that he faced en route to the victory, his fifth of the season.
In the top of the ninth inning Twins outfield Oswaldo Arcia spanked a fly ball to the warning track, and it appeared that he would have at least a lead-off double, that is before Austin Jackson ran the ball down at the track, making a basket catch in front of him as he hit the wall. Jackson saved the closer David Robertson a lead off runner in scoring position.
Jose Quintana battled through a turbulent start to settle into a groove that saw him retire 10 consecutive Twins hitters, and 11 of the last 12 hitters faced as he went seven innings allowing just one run, on six hits en route to a 3-1 White Sox victory. Quintana moved to 5-1 on the season with a 1.38 ERA.
Monday 7:15 PM (CT): White Sox (22-10) at Rangers (17-14)
Pitching Probables: Miguel Gonzalez (0-0, 8.44 ERA) vs Colby Lewis (2-0, 3.32 ERA)
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