The Twins managed to avoid the sweep tonight, as they eventually downed the White Sox 5-4, with Joe Nathan closing it all out in a nice 1-2-3 9th inning. Carl Pavano pitched well enough (and got himself out of enough jams) to keep the Twins in the game, and despite the bullpen's best efforts, the Twins managed to win just their 59th game of the year.
Recap, notes, and studs & duds after the jump.
The main story of the night can be told with two numbers: 13 and 6. Those are the White Sox and Twins LOB numbers, respectively, and had some big plays gone down differently, this game very likely could have been another Twins loss. Thankfully, however, there were key pitches and plays in the field that kept the White Sox scoring under control.
Pavano went 5.1 innings, giving up 10 (yes, TEN) hits, one walk, and a strikeout. Burnett came on in relief of Pavano, and recorded a walk (odds Burnett is on this team next year?). Mijares and Capps would combine for 1.1 innings of scoreless, hitless ball. Glen Perkins came in after Capps, because apparently no one let Gardy know that he's been overused this season. He gave up a hit, walk, and earned run before he managed to close out in the inning. With the score 5-4 heading into the 9th inning, there was a lot of pressure on Joe Nathan to close things out neatly, which he did, pitching a nice 1-2-3 inning, striking out two in the process.
While only two Twins batters recorded more than one hit tonight (Ben Revere and Luke Hughes), the offense managed to step up enough to secure the team a victory. There were some clutch hits from several players, and even a couple stolen bases (again...Hughes and Revere). John Danks only gave up 6 hits on the night, but with an error and a couple walks, he ended up being charged with 4 earned runs. Dylan Axelrod (who?) managed to pitch 2 scoreless innings for the Sox, but the Twins still managed to hold on for the win.
-Everyone. We don't see wins that often anymore, relish them.
-We won. No duds.