Chris Sale is really good. Only three Twins hitters collected two hits against Sale, with Suzuki driving in all three runs. Joe never got the ball out of infield and the Twins struck out ten times in the defeat. Aaron hicks stroke the ball, scoring two runs and including a double. Chris Colabello proved his worth adding two hits including a ninth inning double. With the tying run at the plate, Trevor Plouffe struck out on three pitches and Ozzie dribbled one to the mound for the final out.
The White Sox got on the board in the bottom of the 2nd when Jose Abreu in his first major league at bat, on the first pitch roped a double to right leading things off. When the White Sox acquired Adam Eaton this off-season, De Aza was on the move to a new position. Minnesota did show interest back in March, well, Alejandro De Aza hit his first of two home runs, giving the sox a 2-0 lead.
In the top half of the 3rd, the good guys would tie it up.
Some how, some way Oswalso Arcia worked a lead off walk on four pitches. Aaron Hicks followed that up with a nice at bat and pulled a single to left. After the sacrifice bunt moving the runners up, Brian Dozier struck out looking, yet the lethal Kurt Suzuki who does own a career slash line of .271/.336/.399 with RISP. His two run single tied things up at two. Sadly the in the bottom half, Nolasco continued to get shelled, allowing eight hits through three innings. With runners at the corners, Chicago's Miguel Sano or Jose Abreu drove in his first big league run scoring Eaton. Adam Dunn registered the most weirdest sac fly in the next at-bat making it 4-2 Sox.
Nolasco finally registered his first strike out in the fourth inning, and finished with four on the day. In the 6th inning De Aza would take Nolasco deep again, putting the Sox up for good. Ricky on the day went six innings, 5 runs all earned with 4 strikeouts. Nolasco is third pitcher in the last seven years to start opening day for the Twins making his AL debut.
Chris Sale, Alejandro De Aza, Kurt Suzuki