This game went by quick thanks to the starting pitchers today. Chris Sale was his usual self, striking out 10 today, extending his streak to 7 consecutive starts with 10 or more strikeouts. Phil Hughes only struck out 5 today but went 8 innings and only gave up one run on a solo HR by Adam Laroche in the second.
The Twins were able to get to Sale in the 4th, though. Brian Dozier lead off with a double, and Mauer moved him to 3rd with a ground out, then Torii Hunter hit a ground-rule double to score Dozier. Plouffe walked, Nunez doubled in Hunter, and then Kurt hit a sac fly to make it 3-1 Twins after 4.
Sale went back to striking everyone out... until the 7th, that is. Kurt Suzuki doubled and then Kennys Vargas singled, sending Suzuki to third. Sugar Shane Robinson singled to Adam Eaton, who let the ball get by his glove. The error, one of three on the day for Chicago, allowed both Suzuki and Vargas to score and Shane to go to third. Dozier singled to left, scoring the 6th and final run the Twins would get today. Sale had a chance to get 12 strikeouts and set the record for consecutive starts with 12 or more, but Mauer grounded out so Sale's day was done once he couldn't achieve that.
WP: Phil Hughes 8 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR
LP: Chris Sale 6.2 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 10 K
- Buxton lead off today and got the golden sombrero (0-4, 4 K), but he made a couple nice plays in CF.
- Michael Tonkin is headed back to AAA, someone is going to replace him (duh).
- Aaron Hicks will be making a rehab start this weekend.
- Today was Phil Hughes' birthday! He's 29 today.
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