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White Sox 8, Twins 4: Bullpen butchered by batted balls

If you didn’t stay up, I envy you.

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A 7:10 PM start for the Twins and Lance Lynn became an 8:55 PM start because sometimes rain happens, and if you are outside when rain happens you get wet. And no one likes a soggy Lance. (I’m sorry.)

Brian Dozier blasted a typical Dozier dong in the 2nd to give the Twins an early 1-0 lead. Ehire Adrianza would do that same the very next inning, but decided he didn’t actually want a lead. So the first batter starter Lance Lynn faced in the third hit the ball to Adrianza who threw that thing incorrectly. One might even say “in error.” Yoan Moncada then tripled in a run, and was driven in by a Yolmer Sanchez groundout; a technique I like to call the Yo-Yo. Lynn then hit Jose Abreu in the bat hands. A duo of strikeout followed and limited the damage to a tie ballgame.

In the 5th, Mitch Garver and recently emerged Jake Cave (of THE Jake Cave) led off with back-to-back singles. Adrianza came to the plate, having changed his mind about leading yet again he too would hit a single to drive Garver in. PICK A SIDE EHIRE! Joe Mauer followed with a very-almost dinger that became a sac-fly. Lance Lynn picked up his 1,000th career strikeout in the bottom of the same inning.

In the 6th, Matt Davidson hit a ball back to the pitcher and Lynn fell over, letting him reach. Leury Garcia would then his another ball up the middle that would have been a tailor made double play, but the ball deflected off of Lynn’s glove and all runners were safe. Kevan Smith would single to left and load the bases, signaling an unlucky end to Lynn’s night. Ryan Pressley came in and walked Tim Anderson on 5 pitches (and the one strike was kind of a gimme by the ump.) He then struck out Adam Engel looking on 3 pitches for the first out. Taylor Rogers was brought in to face Moncada and at this point I honestly don’t remember who (if anyone) in this bullpen is good so I can’t even make comments about the decision.

Rogers induced a pop-up for the second out and there was a light at the end of the tunnel. He worked Yolmer Sanchez to a full count, but unfortunately Sanchez would single in two runners. Alan Busenitz was the next member of the ruin-everything bullpen to come in. Fortunately for him, everything was already ruined so he couldn’t really do more than exacerbate the ruination. He struck out Jose Abreu to finally end the inning, but the Twins again found themselves trailing. Bad luck, guys.

Busenitz came back in the 7th, feeling as if he just hadn’t sucked enough, so Avisail Garcia took him deep. There we go! He gave up a bunch of runs in the 8th as well because we don’t even get the mercy of a quick death.

Other things happened, but honestly. You don’t care. I don’t care. We all don’t care for ice-care. The Twins are now 34-41. Sweet.


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