Not as good tonight, Scotty. Maybe next time.
The Minnesota Twins certainly won't be sweeping this series with the Chicago White Sox, as they dropped game two of the series 6-0. Chris Sale, the young lefty, managed to keep the Twins bats pretty much silent as they only managed 2 hits in Sale's 7 innings pitched. He also only walked 2 and was able to strike 6 batters out, and only threw 97 pitches in his outing. That is sadly most of the Twins offense for the night, though they did manage two hits off former teammate Jesse Crain, but would wind up scoring no runs.
As far as pitching went for Minnesota tonight, Scott Diamond made his fourth start, and didn't manage to have as good of a game as he'd had in his previous starts. He only went 6 innings, giving up 9 hits, 5 runs (although, only two of them were earned), and one walk. He did manage to strike out four batters as well. Alex Burnett came on in relief of Diamond and gave up one hit and the other run of the evening. Francisco Liriano came in in the 9th to finish the game and managed to keep his streak of scoreless relief innings intact. After giving up no hits, but walking one, he's now at 3 2/3 scoreless relief innings (though they have not come without a little drama at times).
The rest of the recap after the jump...
One of the more concerning themes of the night was the number of errors committed by Twins players, namely Jamey Carroll (who only had one scored error, but probably should have had two), Brian Dozier, and Darrin Mastroianni. All three players committed an error tonight, and while errors happen occasionally, three in one game certainly didn't help the Twins out this evening.
Overall, another sub-par performance from the Twins, though all is not lost as they still have the chance to take the series tomorrow night, when Cole DeVries makes his major league debut against former Twin Phil Humber.
-Liriano. Only Twins pitcher to not allow a run to score.
-Yeah...that might be it.
-Everyone else. More effort tomorrow please.
-The Twins turned three (3!) double plays tonight against the White Sox.
-They also had three (3!) turned against them. Baseball giveth, baseball taketh away.
-Joe Mauer was only 1-for-4 tonight, but he took two more walks. His average is back up to .296.
-Justin Morneau and Josh Willingham both had rough nights at the plate, striking out twice apiece.
-A win tonight put the White Sox back at .500. Boo.
Here's to a better game (and effort, all around) tomorrow night.