The Chicago White Sox came into this series against the Minnesota Twins with some momentum after they just spent the weekend sweeping the San Francisco Giants. There was no reason to think they couldn’t come into it and win.
There is still that belief as there are two more games to go but this first one was very winnable. The White Sox had plenty of chances to take this game from the Twins, making it one of the most frustrating losses of the season.
The Twins took the game in extra innings by a final score of 6-3 but it went into extra innings tied at two. The biggest blunder of the game that could be pointed at as the reason for the White Sox’s demise was the triple play that occurred in the seventh inning.
With no outs and runners on first and second, the White Sox ran right out of the inning on a fly ball. Adam Engel didn’t tag up because he thought the ball got down. Yoan Moncada was found in no man’s land and three outs were recorded in the same play.
The Chicago White Sox gave the game away when facing the Minnesota Twins.
It was just another display of how poorly coached this team is. Instead of continuing their scoring threat, they went into the next half inning still tied at two. It was the first 8-5 triple play in MLB history. Eventually, they blew the game and they kind of deserved to lose at that point.
This game was just the 2022 Chicago White Sox season put into one game. The thing is that this season feels like a disaster and they still are where they are in the standings. There are a lot of teams that wish they were in their position on July 5th. Expectations are relative.
Luckily, they are still in the pre-All-Star Game portion of the season. There is a lot of time to fix these things but they are running out of it. On Tuesday, they get Minnesota again with a chance to get that game lost back. Michael Kopech will be on the mound facing Minnesota’s Chris Archer.
This is a game where the White Sox offense needs to show its stuff against a pretty great pitcher. They have done it before and can do it again. This is a monster game between two teams desperate for wins right now. If the White Sox play mistake-free baseball, they will win it easily.