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White Sox 6, Twins 2: The bad kind of streak (simulated)

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And a good streak comes to an end

Minnesota Twins v Detroit Tigers Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Today’s lineups:

MIN: Max Kepler CF, Jorge Polanco SS, Luiz Arraez 2B, Miguel Sano DH, Eddie Rosario LF, Josh Donaldson 3B, Mitch Garver C, Marwin Gonzalez 1B, Willians Astudillo RF, Randy Dobnak P

CHI: Tim Anderson SS, Jose Abreu 1B, Eloy Jimenez LF, Luis Robert CF, Yasmani Grandal C, Nomar Mazara RF, Danny Mendick 2B, Cheslor Cuthbert 3B, James McCann DH, Michael Kopech PD RF,


The Twins are now on a three-game losing streak, and were swept by literally the worst possible team, as the White Sox have closed to within a half game in the division.

It was another case of one-bad-inning, really, for Randy Dobnak. He just couldn’t get anyone out in the fifth, and it cost the Twins.

Chicago had already put two runs up in the second inning, via a free pass to Luis Robert and a subsequent home run from Yasmani Grandal.

As in New York a few games ago, Willians Astudillo was a bright spot. He scored the Twins first run of the afternoon with a solo home run in the top of the fifth. The joy was shortlived, because Randy Dobnak had a bad inning waiting for him in the bottom half. He walked James McCann, gave up a single to Tim Anderson, and then watched Jose Abreu crush a 1-0 offering for a 429-foot three-run blast that put Chicago up 5-1 and brought Zack Littell into the game.

The Twins second run came in their half of the sixth, from a red-hot middle of the line up. Miguel Sano hit a double to lead off the inning, and came home on a single by Eddie Rosario.

The Sox final run came in off Cody Stashak in the eighth. A walk, a groundout, and single consipired to move the man around the paths.

Notes

  • Byron Buxton is day-to-day with flu-like symptoms. Better to just give him an extra day or two to recover right now.
  • Luis Arraez went hitless, ending his hitting streak at 20 games.
  • We need to call up a pitcher for tomorrow’s start. I’d planned to do something different, but with Odorizzi suspended, we will need another pitcher in a couple days, so we will call on another rookie for a spot start. Bailey Ober has pitched deep into games for Triple-A Rochester, has a 2.15 ERA, and most importantly, is well rested. Cody Stashak will be optioned to open a roster spot for Ober.

STUDS:


Max Kepler: 2-3, 2 BB
Willians Astudillo: 3-4, HR

DUDS:

Randy Dobnak: 4.0 IP, 5 hits, 5 runs, 2 HR, 3 BB, 2 K
Jorge Polanco: 0-4, K, 4 LOB
Luis Arraez: 0-5, 6 LOB
Marwin Gonzalez: 0-4. 2 LOB

Tomorrow: Back home to try to stop the skid. Tampa comes to town. First pitch 7:10 pm (look for a recap around 11 pm)

Standings:
MIN 34-25 —
CHW 34-26 1/2
CLE 33-27 1 1/2
DET 30-29 4
KCR 19-41 15 1/2