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A good performance by Phil Hughes was wasted due to the lack of offense.

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Well, the Twins once again struggled to muster any offense, spoiling yet another solid pitching performance in a 3-0 defeat. It's a shame because Phil Hughes was effective, giving up just three runs in 6 1/3 innings with the big blow being a 2-run homer from Jerry Sands. For the most part he was able to pitch out of trouble and did his job, but didn't receive any support in the game.

Donning the Dairy Queen red jerseys, the offense did generate a few threats but were unable to capitalize on White Sox starter Carlos Rodon and the Chicago bullpen. There was a 2-out rally in the third when the Twins had runners on 1st and 3rd, but Miguel Sano flew out to right to end the inning. Kurt Suzuki got to second base with one out in the 5th but nothing came of that chance. The 6th was the best chance as the Twins started with a Sano walk and Trevor Plouffe single, and though they eventually loaded the bases with an intentional walk of Eduardo Escobar with one out, Max Kepler struck out and Suzuki popped out in foul territory. The final opportunity was a 2-out double for Joe Mauer in the 7th, but Nate Jones relieved Zach Duke and induced a fly out from Sano to end the threat.

Somebody bring the offense some smelling salts, this is getting ridiculous.

WP: Carlos Rodon (1-1)

LP: Phil Hughes (0-2)

S: David Robertson (4)

Studs

Joe Mauer (2-for-4, 2B), Phil Hughes (6 1/3 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 7 K)

Duds

Max Kepler (0-for-4, 2 K), Byron Buxton (0-for-2, 2 K)