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White Sox 7, Twins 3: FIGHT!!! (simulated)

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Jake Odorizzi does his best impression of a hockey player

Philadelphia Phillies v Minnesota Twins Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Today’s lineups:

MIN: Max Kepler RF, Jorge Polanco SS, Luiz Arraez 2B, Miguel Sano 1B, Eddie Rosario LF, Josh Donaldson DH, Mitch Garver C, Willians Astudillo 3B, Byron Buxton CF, Jake Odorizzi 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, Dylan Cease, P


The slump continues for Jake Odorizzi, and he’ll likely have to skip a start, once the commissioner’s office is done with him. He pitched for 2.1 innings, before Edwin Encarnacion took exception to being hit by a pitch, and charged the mound. In the bench-clearing brawl that ensued, both Odorizzi and Encarnacion were ejected. The Sox replaced their DH with Cheslor Cuthbert, formerly of the Royals. The Twins brought out a string of relievers, with only Tyler Clippard and Sergio Romo acquitting themselves well.

Odorizzi had already surrendered four runs prior to his ejection. One of them came in the first, as he gave up three singles and then walked a run home. The second came in the second, on a pair of doubles The others came in the not-great third inning, as things got a bit away from Jake. Yasmani Grandal hit a solo home run, then the next batter was Encarnacion. He was hit by the second pitch he saw, and charged the mound. Both benches cleared, and at the end of the fight, Matt Wisler had to come on in relief. Wisler allowed another home run, to the first batter he faced, Nomar Mazara. That two-run shot put the White Sox up five to one.

The only Twins run scored in the first seven innings was a first inning home run by Luis Arraez, who showed a little pop in addition to his highly-regarded contact skills.

Chicago put up another run in the bottom of the sixth, as Cody Stashak struggled, walking two men and only getting one out. Sergio Romo allowed one of the inherited runners to score on a single.

They tacked on another run in the seventh. Nomar Mazara hit a triple against recently-called-up Caleb Thielbar. Tim Anderson brought Mazara home on a routine grounder to complete the scoring for the Pale Hose.

Miguel Sano continued his hot streak in the eighth, as Luis Arraez hit a single, then Sano smacked a 412-foot bomba to bring the final score to the scoreboard.

Notes

  • Sano was also hit by a pitch. I call it retaliation, but the ump didn’t see it that way.
  • Yup, Jake Odorizzi was suspended six games. Edwin Encarnacion was suspended for two, so we won’t need to deal with him again this weekend.
  • Luis Arraez has a 19-game hitting streak going
  • Miguel Sano now leads the team in home runs with 15. Kepler is at 13, and Nelson Cruz has 12.

STUDS:


Miguel Sano: 1-2, HR, 2 RBI, HBP, BB
Luis Arraez: 2-4, HR, RBI

DUDS:

Josh Donaldson: 0-4, 2K
Jorge Polanco: 0-4
Eddie Rosario: 0-4, 2K
Mitch Garver: 0-3, K
Jake Odorizzi: 2.1 IP, 4 ER, HR, BB

Tomorrow: A day game against the White Sox, that starts at 1:10 pm (look for a recap around 4 pm)

Standings:
MIN 34-23 —
CHW 32-26 2 1/2
CLE 31-27 3 1/2
DET 29-28 5
KCR 19-39 15 1/2