Jose Berrios owned the living hell out of the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night. striking out 11 in a crisp 4-0 shutout.
Three meager singles and a hit batter were all the Whities could muster off the Twins’ young ace, with no runner advancing to second base. Trying to think of apt metaphors for Berrios’ excellence is foolish, so let’s just look at what Chicago had to deal with all night:
Seven innings of that. I would’ve just gone home.
Offensively, the Twins probably could’ve done more against Chicago starter Lucas Giolito, who struggled with his control early. They hit into two double plays in the first two innings, including a bad one with runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out in the second. Their breakthrough came in the third, thanks to the ridiculous speed of Byron Buxton.
The very fast man singled, stole second, reached third on a not-deep fly to third, and scored on a fielder’s choice grounder to short. The throw to home was wild, allowing Brian Dozier to reach second on the play. Joe Mauer singled Dozier home for his 1,999th career hit.
Giolito settled down before finally getting chased in the seventh after a walk to Jason Castro and a double by Dozier. Reliever Aaron Bummer entered, and is now the man who gave up Joe Mauer’s 2000th hit, a 2-run single that gave Minnesota a 4-0 lead.
Ryan Pressly and Gabriel Moya finished up with two strong innings of relief for a very satisfying night of baseball before another goddamn storm ruins everything again for a couple days. The Twins haven’t even named a starting pitcher for tomorrow. They probably won’t need to.
STUDS: Berrios, Mauer, Buxton, Pressly
DUDS: Miguel Sano didn’t look great on that double play
ROBOT ROLL CALL:
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Enjoy the weekend, everybody.