The Chicago White Sox won the final two games of their four-game set with the Clevland Guardians earlier in the week. That was important to them as they believe they should be much better than they have been. With the Minnesota Twins on deck, they needed to win.
Coming into this four-game series (the last before the All-Star break), the White Sox sat five games back of the Minnesota Twins in the American League Central Division. It is a series that clearly has big-time implications.
On Thursday night, the White Sox got out to a 2-0 lead thanks to a big first inning from their offense against Sonny Gray. After that, the Twins got one back in the second and it remained 2-1 for a couple more innings.
In the fourth inning, Luis Robert came up to bat with the bases loaded and two outs. It was a moment where they needed their best player to come up and be their best player. He did just that as he hit it very far for a grand slam.
The Chicago White Sox got everything they needed to win on Thursday night.
Breaking it open to a 6-1 lead really helped them go on as they didn’t look back from there. They earned a 12-2 win and now only sit 4.0 games back in the division. That is the best possible start to this extremely important series as they dominated.
Johnny Cueto was on the mound in this one and he was magnificent. He only allowed one run on seven hits and two walks. It was the perfect start for a number five pitcher. The nice thing is that his ERA is now down to 2.80 which is excellent.
Jimmy Lambert, Tanner Banks, and Jose Ruiz each had an inning and didn’t give up much. The bullpen has been solid lately and the White Sox didn’t need to use any of the big boys in this win over the Twins. You can believe that they will be ready to go later in this series.
Seeing the Whtie Sox beat the Twins was nice since it is usually the other way around. The Sox knew that they needed to bring their best and they did. Johnny Cueto has been amazing and Luis Robert might have sparked their offense for good. We shall see.