The Twins ended up getting the win in last night’s delayed-start game against the Chicago White Sox. Despite the 2 hour rain delay, Minnesota was able to secure a win at home against their division rivals, winning 4-2. There were several ‘stories of the game’ last night, including Joe Mauer breaking through a slump to provide the game-winning RBI, Yohan Pino’s first MLB start, and Minnesota finally ending a 5-game losing streak.
While Jose Quintana actually pitched well last night, the Twins offense was able to step up enough to be able to take the win from him. The scoring started with a Josh Willingham bomb, though the 1-0 lead wasn’t something that stuck around long. Pino did give up two runs to the Sox – though those were the only two runs allowed to Chicago the entire game. His line ended up looking great: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7K. Not too shabby for a pitcher that’s been waiting 10 years to make his MLB Major League debut.
The Twins offense last night was enjoying hitting doubles off of the Chicago pitchers, with Quintana giving up 4 to Minnesota batters and Petricka giving up another (the game-winner) to Mauer. Kurt Suzuki, Danny Santana, and Chris Parmelee all had doubles off Quintana in the game, though the Twins were only 2-for-9 with RISP.
The game was a much-needed solid win for the lately struggling Minnesota club, and will hopefully be the spark they need in order to start winning again.
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The Twins take on the White Sox at home again tonight, with pitchers expected to be Ricky Nolasco for Minnesota and Hector Noesi for Chicago. Game time is 7:10 pm CST.