Putting up the fact that Adam Dunn, in his career, was 0-for-10 versus Glen Perkins with seven strikeouts seemed like the kiss of death. A leadoff triple for the White Sox in the ninth inning led to a run that closed Chicago's deficit to one, and in spite of Dunn's historical troubles versus left-handed pitching it's just seemed like that kind of a series.
The 4-2 win on Thursday was great. Last night's win was a bumpy one. Today's was better, but not by much. For the record, Adam Dunn is now 0-for-11 with eight strikeouts in his career versus Glen Perkins.
Chicago was on the board early, as the White Sox offense jumped on Kevin Correia from the start. Jose Abreu's single brought home Conor Gillaspie after Gillaspie "tripled" with two outs in the first; it probably should have been an error on Sam Fuld, but to be fair Fuld also kept Abreu to a single when it looked like at least a double off the wall. He played that one very well. Correia then loaded the bases in the second, and while he did get one force out at the plate he also hit Gordon Beckham to force in the game's second run.
But the Twins were characteristically difficult to put away. Andre Rienzo struck out Kendrys Morales and Oswaldo Arcia to start the inning, but back-to-back-to-back singles loaded the bases for Fuld. Who walked on five pitches.
Minnesota was still down 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth when, with two on and one away, Joe Mauer cleared the bases with a double that nearly cleared the wall in left field. Mauer gave the Twins a lead at 3-2, and Morales followed up with a single to score Mauer and give the home team a 4-2 advantage.
With the tying run on second base and two outs, Perkins struck out Dunn to end the game. The win puts Minnesota at 35-38, one game ahead of Chicago at 35-40. A win tomorrow would, once again, put the Twins within striking distance of .500.
The starting pitching has been unusually strong this week. Correia settled in after the first two innings and allowed a walk in two singles in his final four frames of work. He finished with two runs in six innings. Brian Duensing and Matt Guerrier tag teamed the seventh. Casey Fien got into some trouble in the eighth but struck out Adrian Nieto with runners on second and third, ending the inning and preserving Minnesota's two-run advantage.
Win Expectancy Graph
NO DUDS TWINS WIN TWINS WIN