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Twins 8, White Sox 2: Bombas early, bombas late lead to victory

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Schoop, Odorizzi propel Twins to win

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox
Jonathan Schoop has joined the party!
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Another day, another bomba barrage.

The White Sox jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead on Jake Odorizzi, but Jonathan Schoop, who continues to see his playing time increase, parked a 3-run home run in the left field seats in the second inning to put the Twins on top for good.

The Twins threatened to break the game open in the third inning, loading the bases with nobody out. But they couldn’t come through with any additional hits and had to settle for a run on a fielder’s choice and one on a force out, taking a 5-2 lead.

Odorizzi retired nine batters in a row before a pair of hits and a walk filled the bases. A good play by Schoop in the hole between first and second base led to a force out at second and only one run for the White Sox.

The margin stayed at 5-3 as Odorizzi managed to finish six full innings. Then, a scoreless bottom of the seventh from Trevor May preceded another burst of bombas in the top of the following inning.

Schoop hit a solo home run, his second of the game and 21st of the season. Then, a double from Jake Cave and a homer from Mitch Garver, his 24th of the year.

Cody Stashak pitched the final two innings, giving up three hits but not allowing any runs as the Twins were able to give their high-leverage relievers a full evening off.

Notes

  • Max Kepler was scratched about an hour prior to game time with a sore knee. Don’t expect him to play on Thursday with a matinee on the schedule.
  • Additionally, Miguel Sano left the game after being hit on the right arm, apparently around the bicep area. He appeared to stay in the dugout, so hopefully it wasn’t too serious.
  • All that is on the heels of Marwin Gonzalez leaving Monday’s game with an abdominal injury and not playing in Tuesday’s game. Here’s hoping that this recent rash of injuries (and Byron Buxton’s re-injury) subsides quickly.
  • Schoop’s homer was his 20th of the season, giving the Twins seven players with 20 or more home runs. The Twins are the seventh club in history to accomplish the feat, with the most recent being the Los Angeles Dodgers just last season.
  • Odorizzi finished six full innings for the first time since August 5 and for just the second time since June 15.

Studs

  • Jonathan Schoop: 2-for-4, 4 RBI, 2 HR
  • Mitch Garver: 3-for-4, 2 RBI, 2 R, HR
  • Jorge Polanco: 2-for-5, 2B, R
  • Jake Odorizzi: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 2 ER, 8 K

Duds

  • Ah, what the heck. No duds. Twins win, Twins win!