With the worst start in franchise history, the winless Minnesota Twins were hoping that some home cooking would cure the losing blues. On the mound for Minnesota was Kyle Gibson, who came in today's game with a 4-0 record all-time versus the White Sox with a 2.13 ERA in six games started. The Twins needed a stopper to plug the leak and none better than Gibson to face the Chicago White Sox.
The White Sox had other ideas, winning 4-1 and extending the Twins losing streak to seven games.
The scoring started in the top half of the second inning with a lead-off single from Todd Frazier. Gibson threw a wild pitch on the 0-1 count that advanced Frazier to second base. Melky Cabrera would advance him to third base on a ground out to first base, and Brett Lawrie would get the job done with an RBI single to make it 1-0. Not the most glamorous way of scoring, but still great to see the Sox take advantage of a mistake and capitalize on it.
Fast forward to the fourth inning and the Sox were just inches away from blowing this game out of the water. Frazier again got it started thanks to an error by Eduardo Escobar. That wouldn't be Escobar's only mistake as he couldn't find the ears on a double play attempt and dropped the ball on the exchange. Lawrie would single putting runners on first and second for Avisail Garcia. An eight-pitch battle that saw Garcia foul off three inside pitches and draw a walk to load the bases. An excellent example of the patience we have been noticing from Sox hitters from last year.
Then we saw an example of the White Sox over-aggressiveness in the next at-bat as Dioner Navarro grounded out to second basemen Brian Dozier on the first pitch. Instead of trying to turn the double play and end the inning, Dozier made the play to home to get Cabrera out and preserve the 1-0 deficit.
Austin Jackson made them pay with a two RBI-single to make it 3-0, but on the previous pitch, he was this close to hitting a grand slam.
Here's how close Austin Jackson was from hitting a grand slam. But White Sox will take his 2-run double. pic.twitter.com/hg8tyfGx0r— Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) April 11, 2016
The bottom half of the inning was a bit troublesome for White Sox starter, Jose Quintana. After the lead-off walk to Miguel Sano, Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe, doubled down the left-field line to put runners on second and third with no outs. Impressively, Quintana would only allow one run to score getting Byung Ho-Park to foul out, Eddie Rosario to ground out, and struck Escobar out looking.
After six innings of work, the bullpen locked the game down for Quintana delivering his first win of 2016. Cult hero Matt Albers made a nifty double play on a pop-up bunt from Kurt Suzuki in the seventh inning, and David Robertson picked up his third save.
- Jose Abreu, who didn't walk in the first five games, now has back-to-back games with multiple walks. In the ninth, he would score from first base on a Frazier double.
- Speaking of Frazier, the Toddfather now has three two-hit games and four hitless games. He leads the team with six RBI.
- 2012 was the last time the White Sox were 5-2 after the first seven games. Last time the White Sox started 6-2? 2005.