If you would have bet me there would be a pitching duel between Jose Berrios and Derek Holland and Berrios would lose, I would have lost that bet big. I’d probably have to grow weed in my basement just to get by and I’m not very good with plants so it’s a good thing I don’t bet on such things.
Both pitchers had scoreless firsts, Berrios threw one straight into the hot zone for Yolmer Sanchez who lined it over the center field wall in the 2nd to put the Socks on the board.
The 4th inning was the Twins undoing. After Berrios walked the lead-off batter, who then stole second, Nicky Delmonico hit a liner to newby first-baseman Mitch Garver that bounced off his glove and rolled casually across the infield dirt while the Twins watched in helpless horror and said lead-off walk did indeed haunt. A couple of Socks singles later, Tim Anderson ground into a force out that scored another run. Berrios then tried to pick off a Pale Hoser on third, but his throw was wide and low, so it rolled to the tarp while Kevan Smith scampered home to make 4-0 Socks.
Byron Buxton launched a missile high into left field that landed deep in the bleachers to give the Twins a run in the 6th. This ends our offensive highlights portion of the recap.
Sox scored another run in the bottom of the 6th on a Nicky Delmonico RBI double to make it 5-1 and end Berrios bad, awful night.
Despite striking out nine batters, Berrios seemed to struggle with his command all night and walked three.
- Congrats the the White Sox on their 50th win! I remember the Twins’ 50th win in 2016 like it was just last year.
- As of writing this the Royals lost and the Rangers are ahead of the Angels 3-0 in the 5th.
W: Holland (7-13) 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K
L: Berrios (11-6) 5.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 9 K
Buxton - HR
Pressly and Busenitz - 2.2 innings of scoreless relief.
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