MIN: Mitch Garver C, Ehire Adrianza 2B, Nelson Cruz DH, Josh Donaldson 3B, Eddie Rosario LF, Max Kepler RF, Marwin Gonzalez 1B, Jorge Polanco SS, Byron Buxton CF, Jose Berrios P
CHI: Yoan Moncado 3B, Jose Abreu 1B, Eloy Jimenez LF, Luis Robert CF, Yasmani Grandal C, Edwin Encarnacion DH, Nomar Mazara RF, Tim Anderson SS, Danny Mendick 2B, Gio Gonzalez P
I should probably only give you a third of a recap today, because only a third of the game mattered—the first third. And actually, we can skip past the first inning, because noone did anything interesting in the first.
The second, in contrast, was very fun for Twins fans. Josh Donaldson opened the frame with a double, and Eddie Rosario singled to put runners on the corner. Max Kepler should also thank the BABIP gods, as an error by second baseman Danny Mendick advanced both runners and left Kep on first. Jorge Polanco’s double scored Rosie. After Buxton was hit by a pitch, a flyout by Garver scored Kepler, and then Ehire Adrianza cleared the bases with a single. The total for the second: five runs for the good guys.
Jose Berrios gave up his first (and only) runs of the game in the top of the third. The Sox strung together a single, a double, and another single to put two runners across. The Twins more than provided breathing room in the bottom of the inning though.
Josh Donaldson batted first again, this time striking out. Eddie Rosario was the one to hit the rally-starting double. Tommy Hunter came on to pitch, and walked Kepler. Jorge Polanco picked up another RBI with a single. Byron Buxton reached on an E6 that saw Kepler trot home, and then Mitch Garver came up with two men on. The second pitch got a bit of Garvsauce on it, and left the park. Good for three more runs, it traveled 393 feet to left. By the end of the inning, the tally was 10-2 Minnesota, and the game was effectively over.
If it matters, Chicago scored their final two runs in the ninth, attributed to Matt Wisler, who was unable to get an out in the inning, with two free passes and two singles. Cody Stashak closed out the game.
- With the 0-4 he posted tonight, Marwin Gonzalez is now hitting .192
- Conversely, Jorge Polanco was 3-3 and is up to .275
Jorge Polanco: 3-3, double, 2 RBI, BB
Mitch Garver: 1-4, HR, 4 RBI
No Duds, Twins win!
Tomorrow: White Sox game three of four. First pitch at 1:10 pm (look for a recap around 5 pm)