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White Sox 3, Twins 1: Bullpen falters late

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Brian Dozier’s inside the park home run wasn’t enough today.

Chicago White Sox v Minnesota Twins
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There wasn’t a lot of offense to go around today.

Hector Santiago continued his success, and even improved on it, in today’s start. He went 7 innings, allowing no runs, and striking out 7.

For the White Sox, James Shields went 6 innings, and allowed just 1 run. What was that one run? Well...

Brian Dozier drove a ball to left-center, just out of the reach of a diving Willy Garcia. The ball bounced to the left field wall and up the warning track out to the 411’ sign, as Dozier rounded second. Gene Glynn waved him around third and he beat the relay to the plate for the inside the park home run! That is his second HR of the season.

That made the score 1-0, Twins in the bottom of the 5th.

Santiago finished his 7 shutout innings, and Matt Belisle came out to protect the one run lead. After striking out Tyler Saladino, Belisle hit Jose Abreu, sending him to first. Avisail Garcia followed with a line drive to RF over Danny Santana, who made a nice play by holding him to a single. Abreu advanced to 3rd with 1 out. Matt Davidson flew out to CF, and Byron Buxton’s throw was off target to home, allowing Abreu to score on the sac-fly.

The Twins bats fell silent in the 8th and 9th innings, as Tommy Kahnle and Nate Jones combined for 4 strikeouts.

In the top of the 10th, Avisail Garcia drilled a 2-run homer off of Ryan Pressly, giving the White Sox a 3-1 advantage.

David Robertson finished the game, picking up a pair of strikeouts in the process, winning the series.

Studs:

Brian Dozier: Inside the park HR

Hector Santiago: 7 shutout innings, deserved a win.

Max Kepler: 2-4, BB

Duds:

Ryan Pressly: Allowed 2-run-homer.

Byron Buxton: 0-3, 2 K, 1 BB, 1 bad throw, many fans concerned.

Miguel Sano: 0-5, 4 K

Notes:

  • Miguel Sano struck out four times today, all of them looking.
  • David Robertson dominated us this series: 2 IP, 4 K. In fact, David has pitched one inning and struck out 2 in each of his 5 games, with no runs allowed.
  • Santana was used as a defensive replacement for Robbie Grossman in RF

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Have a great week, everyone!