White Sox: Win series against Minnesota Twins with 5 in the 5th
The White Sox got another big win against their AL Central rivals from the northwest as they defeated the Twins by a score of 7-3.
This White Sox win came on the heels of a loss on Tuesday night despite Michael Kopech‘s stellar start that was cut short by a rain delay.
Wednesday’s win was due to a big fifth inning where the Sox scored five runs. They were able to keep the lead until the final pitch was thrown. And, they did it without Jose Abreu – who was just placed on the 10-day DL.
Fortunately, the rest of the team had hot bats. Three Sox players hit home runs, Nicky Delmonico hit one in the second, Tim Anderson hit his in the fourth, and Adam Engel knocked one in in the fifth. Delmonico and Anderson hit solo shots, but Engel earned an extra RBI from Omar Narvaez‘s lead-off walk.
The big fifth inning began with the Narvaez walk and he earned a second walk at the end of the fifth. Unfortunately, Engel couldn’t follow up with a second home run in the inning. He ended it with a pop-up, but not until Carlos Sanchez, Avisail Garcia, and Daniel Palka all crossed the plate.
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All seven of the Sox runs belonged to Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson, who had a rough night. But, on the flip side, Carlos Rodon pitched a good game. His final line included six innings with three hits, three walks, two runs, and five strikeouts. He did give up a home run to Jorge Polanco, but otherwise, he did a nice job of keeping the Twins from crossing home plate.
Xavier Cedeno had some trouble in the seventh inning and gave up a double and Yolmer Sanchez was awarded a fielding error that put a second runner on base. Cedeno then struck out his third batter. He was replaced by Juan Minaya who gave up a single that scored one run but then got the rest of the outs to end the inning. Minaya saw four batters in the eighth, then Hector Santiago kept it interesting putting a few runners on base in the ninth.
The Sox will take this win and trot on over to Detroit for a four-game series against the Tigers. These teams will face-off for the entire Players’ Weekend. James Shields will face Matthew Boyd for a 12:10 start.