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White Sox 13, Twins 11: Minnesota Loses (Eventually)

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11 runs not enough for the Twins revolving door Bullpen.

Chicago White Sox v Minnesota Twins
Let’s all try to remember the good times.
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One of the craziest games in recent memory of course turns out to be a Twins loss, but it was still a pretty fun one to watch. This is going to be a long one, guys. Bear with me!

The game started out as a duel of journeymen starters, with Andrew Albers going for the Twins against Anthony Ranaudo. Albers gave up 5 runs (3 earned) and Ranaudo allowed 9. Both of them went 4.2 innings, and with a score like that it didn’t seem like the pair would be an afterthought by the end of the game. They would be.

Chicago scored in the 1st when Jose Abreu, who hates Minnesota, hit a 3 run dong. One of the runners on base, Melky Cabrera, was there because Miguel Sano started at third base today. After making a pretty nice pick, which actually made me audibly say "nice" he threw wide of first base. This is the price for my hubris.

Now keep Jose Abreu in mind. We’ll be back to him.

In the second, right as we were all prepared for another shitty game, the Twins loaded the bases with absolutely no outs. In typical Twins fashion, the next batter struck out and the one after hit a shallow fly for the second out. It was a trap. Classic Twins. Byron Buxton came to the plate and hit a grand freaking slam. Unlike previous Twins grand slams, this one was a real 4-run grand slam.

Buxton has really turned a corner since his recent promotion (his 33rd of the year, or something) and this was the cherry on top. It was one of those lovely baseball moments that make you beam from ear to ear like a stupid child for minutes on end. So thank you Byron for reminding me how much I love baseball.

Baseball would later remind me that she’s a huge bitch, but for now let’s focus on the good.

In the 3rd Miguel Sano and 5-time felon John Ryan Murphy both hit RBI singles. This was Murphy’s first RBI as a Twin, which is encouraging to see. In the 4th, Red Hot Brian Dozier launched a solo shot, his 35th of the year. He’s on pace to have one of the best HR years by a second basemen ever. The American league record is 38.

Taking a quick break from the Twins doing all the scoring, Jose Abreu singled in his own run in the top of the 5th. In the bottom of the inning, Minnesota answered with a HR from John Ryan Murphy of all people, who knocked one of the left field foul pole. Dozier added another run later when he doubled in Buxton.

Fast forward to the 7th with the Twins up 9 to 5. With Taylor Rogers pitching, Jose Abreu launched a 3-run shot. No I didn’t just accidentally write that again. Abreu hit 2 separate 3-run homers and totaled 7 RBIs on the day. Ladies and Gentleman the new Paul Konerko.

In the bottom of said inning Miguel Sano gave us a SANO-DOUBTER (his 22nd of the year) bringing the score to 10-8. In the 8th, an RBI ground-out by Adam Eaton made that 10-9.

Now in the 9th, Brandon Kintzler set out to get the save. He had walked a whole 3 batters on the season. He would walk 2 more this inning, including Justin Morneau who thankfully didn’t get the go-ahead hit because my heart couldn’t have taken that. Avisail Garcia came up and singled in two runs. The Twins were now losing.

Blown Save Count: 1

Sano led off the bottom of the 9th with a walk. After Rosario struck out, pinch hitter, lumberjack and hero Kurt Suzuki smacked a double, tying the game up at 11.

Blown Save Count: 2

Free Baseball happened for a bit, but none of it mattered until the 12th. With Pat Dean pitching Tim Anderson hit a bases-clearing double, scoring two.

Blown Save Count: 3 (Almost kinda. It ended up being an L instead.)

Minnesota did not give up. Jorge Polanco led off with a walk. Mauer followed with one of his own. Plouffe check-swinged a liner back to pitcher Tommy Kahnle for the first out. Eduardo Escobar walked, bringing Eddie Rosario up with the bases juiced. Rosario hit a bouncer up the middle, but it deflected of Kahnle towards Todd Frazier at 3rd. He made the flukey play and the Twins finally lost.

[BOX SCORE]

STUDS:

Byron Buxton: 3-6. He had a double and a single to go with his grand salami. Only one strikeout on the day too. I hate to jump the gun, but it certainly feels like the Buxton we all wanted has finally arrived.

John Ryan Greg Steve Andrew James Murphy: 3-4 with 2 RBI and a HR. Murphy had as many hits today as he had total with the Twins in his first stint this season.

Kurt Suzuki: 2-2 with a huge RBI in the 9th to keep the game going. Sadly this RBI will be forgotten.

DUDS:

Eddie Rosario: 0-7.

Max Kepler: 1-7 with 5(!) strikeouts. Ouch.

Twins Pitching not named Buddy or O’Rourke: 13 runs allowed.

ROLL CALL

# Commenter # Comments
1 SooFoo Fan 68
2 Twinguy1 58
3 Joel Hernandez 53
4 less cowbell, more 'neau 47
5 TawnyFroggy 40
6 James Fillmore 39
7 wayback 38
8 sioux1337 36
9 Daniel Carlson 28
10 myjah 21
11 kenzertz 12
12 Gunnarthor 6
13 DNOMN8R314 6
14 Asthix 4
15 montanatwinsfan 4
16 mn6334 3
17 Name-Game 2
18 gonzobob 1
19 Devereaux 1
20 Hayden A 1
21 Dave Wales 1
22 Han Joelo 1
23 Nick Rothe 1
24 hutch1363 1
25 Toll Booth Willie 1
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4 SooFoo Fan Thanks, Toll Booth Willie
4 wayback And the World Series will be won
3 less cowbell, more 'neau [no title]
3 Daniel Carlson Dozier should easily get the American League record for home runs for a 2B
3 TawnyFroggy Poor Joe will die before he gets another chance in the playoffs.
3 Name-Game More like
3 wayback Precisely the opposite
2 hutch1363 The Sox cannot win on the Hawk's birthday ... come on Kintzler
2 kenzertz LOL
2 Daniel Carlson I'm waiting for a 'bomer'
2 SooFoo Fan Full disclosure, I thought Logan Schafer was a pitcher for a second there
2 sioux1337 [no title]
2 SooFoo Fan So many lack this skill
2 kenzertz Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
2 myjah PRINCE DID NOT DIE 4 THIS
2 Daniel Carlson Should have brought O'rourke in to face Morneau
2 sioux1337 I think you spelled "best" incorrectly
2 TawnyFroggy I got ya'
2 Daniel Carlson Bert
2 SooFoo Fan They're actually two kids standing on top of each other in a baseball uniform
2 TawnyFroggy JOHN RYAN STEVEN REGINALD JACOB JAMES MURPHY
2 SooFoo Fan Should really call it the fair pole
1 wayback I repeat, dammit
1 DNOMN8R314 THAT GUY IN THE STANDS ON THE FOUL BALL
1 James Fillmore I read Labor Day pains, not plans
1 gonzobob To tie it up and play more?
1 less cowbell, more 'neau Check swing hits will haunt
1 DNOMN8R314 And drink...
1 James Fillmore Needs to rise to the occasion
1 Joel Hernandez yup at least it's interesting bad baseball
1 Twinguy1 Said no Twins fan ever.
1 myjah Dat Pean pretty solid
1 James Fillmore Provus: "Twins have a ton of youth in the bullpen"
1 DNOMN8R314 'CAUSE I AM A CHAMPION
1 myjah I tweet that I was laughing so hard
1 less cowbell, more 'neau A boy named Soo
1 wayback Gladden: "Lot of shagging going on"
1 less cowbell, more 'neau Kurt Cobain would be turning 50 next February
1 SooFoo Fan Time for a c-section
1 TawnyFroggy I love free pean.
1 Joel Hernandez usually need to buy dinner and a drink first from my experience
1 Joel Hernandez At least we scored more than USC
1 montanatwinsfan It's so sad that
1 SooFoo Fan 9-5 gotta work to make a livin
1 wayback Imagine ...
1 montanatwinsfan That kind of dreaming cost Terry Ryan his job
1 wayback But I'm not the only one
1 Daniel Carlson I didn't either
1 SooFoo Fan Big, if true
1 SooFoo Fan Required viewing
1 SooFoo Fan Hey, they pay rent.
1 SooFoo Fan I think our group was playing D&D
1 sioux1337 New Informal Poll
1 less cowbell, more 'neau He's with the Twins 'til at least through 2018
1 Han Joelo There you go, Fillmore
1 SooFoo Fan "One thing I like about Miguel, he can read the scoreboard" - Danny Gladden 2016
1 Daniel Carlson George never gets enough recognition
1 James Fillmore Gladden: "that's one thing I like about Sano"
1 Daniel Carlson Banned for life for betting on baseball!
1 wayback WALKS WILL HAUNT
1 James Fillmore You can't spell Brandon Kintzler
1 less cowbell, more 'neau Sale cut up his jersey once.
1 TawnyFroggy You could do that in Triple Play 2001
1 Daniel Carlson I wonder if they have played any jokes on Morneau
1 James Fillmore Mauer sneakily got Morneau's suit dry cleaned
1 less cowbell, more 'neau J.O. came from out on the island
1 less cowbell, more 'neau Lead-off walk