The Chicago White Sox were playing some good baseball, but then the Minnesota Twins brought their first place selves to Chicago and humbled them.
The Chicago White Sox were feeling good about themselves as they came into their home series against the Minnesota Twins. They took the series from Minnesota last week right before snagging three of four from the Texas Rangers. It was a strong week that left them confident. The Twins came to town and humbled the White Sox by sweeping their way out of Chicago.
The Twins are making a push to win the American League Central and hold off the Cleveland Indians so it is no surprise that they brought their A-game to Guaranteed Rate Field. They swept the series and only one of the games was really even close.
The first game in the series saw Lucas Giolito pitch yet another gem but the offense only provided one run. Giolito gave up two runs on four hits and recorded his 200th strikeout of the season. He is the first White Sox righty to complete that task since 2008. He hopes he can be doing that annually for a really long time. The good play despite a loss pretty much ended there.
The second game saw Ross Detwiler get beat and the Twins won the game 8-2. They took over the game in the second inning and never looked back. It was 5-1 before the third inning was even over and the offense couldn’t even come close to getting them back in it.
The third game was the least pretty, especially for White Sox fans who need instant gratification. Dylan Cease got absolutely carved by the powerful Twins offense. The White Sox lost the game 10-5 but that makes it look even closer than it actually was. The White Sox added two in the ninth inning to make it 10-5 instead of 10-3 when the game was pretty much over. It was 8-0 after the third inning, so it got ugly quickly.
People have to not think Dylan Cease is a bad pitcher because a team like the Twins carved him up this early in his career. He is a rookie pitcher. You have to remember that a guy like Lucas Giolito was one of the worst pitchers in all of baseball last year and now he is one of the true elites. There are going to be growing pains, especially against the Twins who are one of the most powerful offenses in all of baseball. Give Dylan Cease time, he will be great. He has all the tools and mechanics to develop into a great starting pitcher.
The White Sox are headed to Atlanta to take on the Atlanta Braves in a weekend interleague series. It should be a fun time between two teams that don’t play each other very often. The Braves, like the Twins, are one of the elite teams in the MLB and pushing for a Division title.