White Sox 8, Twins 2: Peavy sweeps Twins out of town

this picture just cracks me up.


Jake Peavy found himself in a jam early in this one. Denard Span took the second pitch of the game down the line for a double, and Ben Revere mashed one up the middle the bulldog tried unsuccessfully to bare hand putting runners on the corners and nobody out. He walked Joe Mauer loading them up while his hand stopped stinging, then settled down by getting a gidp out of Josh Willingham and retired Morneau minimizing the damage to 1 run.

The Sox struck back in the second. Alex Rios walked and Alexei Ramirez 'doubled' on a ground ball hit right at the twins ss Brian Dozier, but he misplayed the potential double play ball and Alexei took the extra base by testing the Twins outfield arms. Dayan Viciedo hit a fly ball to center that Span dropped, plating both runners in scoring position. 2-1 Sox.

More shenanigans from Minnesota in the bottom of the third. Gordon Beckham reached on a base hit up the middle, and Alejandro De Aza hit what probably should have been another twin killing right at Justin Morneau but it got through him putting runners on the corners. Kevin Youkilis hit a soft fly to right field that Ben Revere dove for despite having no chance of getting. Konerko hit a sac fly and it was 4-1 Sox at the end of the frame.

EDIT: On Konerko's sac fly Ryan Doumit caught the ball and casually started trotting off the field with his head down thinking there were 3 outs. Nope. Only two. Bad, bad baseball in the northwoods these days. I laughed so hard and for so long I didn't make a note of it in my post game notes.

Apparently the bad play was contagious because Viciedo muffed one in the top of the fourth and a Morneau double made it 4-2 with runners on second and third with nobody out. The bulldog bit down and struck out the next three Twins getting out of the jam.

After Alexei lead off the bottom of the inning with a base hit, Viciedo totally redeemed himself mashing one 405 ft. to dead center and the Cuban connection made it a 6-2 lead. Denard Span misplayed another ball gifting a double to Tyler Flowers but he didn't score. The Twins just looked bad all day.

Adam Dunn doubled and Alex Rios homered to chase Twins starter Nick Blackburn from the game with the score 8-2.

Jake Peavy worked 6 innings, striking out 6 and allowing 2 runs, only one of them earned.

Both bullpens held the offenses scoreless for the remainder of the game, but Jesse Crain was a Crain-wreck in the 9th, walking the bases loaded and only managing 2 outs, forcing Hector Santiago to come in and get the last fielder's choice out for a White Sox winner.

"It's all good." from Hawk Harrelson count - 2

Kevin Youkilis left the game in the 4th inning after tweaking his ankle rounding first base and was lifted for pinch hitter Eduardo Escobar. I believe it was just a precautionary move and didn't seem too serious.

Every offensive Sox starter had a hit in the game.

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