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Twins 2, White Sox 1: Nine K’s for Mr. J

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La Maquina saved his best for last.

Chicago White Sox v Minnesota Twins - Game One
This is also how Berrios waves to friends he’s meeting at the airport. “HELLO!” It’s very loud.
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Among the many things I’ll miss come Monday will be how perfectly I have the volume set on my bedroom radio. When you’re trying to sleep, you can’t have the radio too high, or it keeps you awake. Too soft, you can’t make out what the people are saying. I’ve gotten it just right. And so I was able to drift soothingly off to sleep accompanied by the sounds of a terrific outing from Jose Berrios.

La Maquina dusted off his recent struggles and absolutely killed it. Seven innings, three hits, nine strikeouts. He still had four walks, but that’s kinda what he does, we’re used to this by now. Chicago piranha’d a run in the 2nd and threatened in the 4th, yet otherwise, Berrios was in complete control.

The Twins got their runs in the first frame on a Joe Mauer single and subsequent smart baserunning (it’s Mauer!) plus a sixth-inning walk-fest by Sox starter Reynaldo Lopez, who’d had himself a nice game up to that point. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Max Kepler popped up, meaning Lopez just needed a strikeout and in-play out to escape the jam. But up to the plate comes Willians Astudillo. No strikeout for you, sir! 2-1, and that’s how it would stand. Taylor Rogers continued his terrific scoreless streak and Trevor May collected the “save” honors.

Comments of the game go to gintzer, whose head shape was too unruly for the promotional giveaway hat, and Emerald Twinkie for ‘“Having done sports radio myself, I can sympathize with the difficulty of maintaining reasonable patter…but Gladden just said, “The White Sox probably play Mauer as well as the Chicago White Sox…” Man, it’s a long season.” A good Gladdenism is always appreciated! Robot Roll Call:

I’m gonna maybe take a little more nap, and we’ll catch y’all for Game Two.