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White Sox beat Twins 5-2; Anderson, bullpen impress

Team works around dangerous second inning to eventually grab victory

MLB: Game Two-Chicago White Sox at Minnesota Twins
Timmy to the Rescue: Jose Abreu and Yolmer Sánchez welcome an excited Tim Anderson to the bench by hitting him.
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Is it safe to say the Chicago White Sox are kinda sorta on a roll after tonight’s 5-2 victory?

Take away Nate Jones’s implosion in the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader, and the Sox could very well be on a four-game winning streak.

Crazy, I know, but the South Siders are playing some pretty good ball.

Tonight’s game could have gotten out of hand rather quickly if it weren’t for a Houdini-like performance from Hector Santiago in the second inning. Santiago gave up a single and two doubles to the first three batters. However, due to Mitch Garver advancing only to third base on the second double, Santiago managed to escape with giving up only one run.

The Sox responded in the fourth inning with a Tim Anderson RBI single. Anderson tried stretching it into a double, but was thrown out by a good five feet.

Anderson certainly made up for the baserunning gaffe. He turned an impressive double play in the fifth inning, and added a clutch two-run single in the sixth inning to give the Sox a 4-2 lead.

After Timmy stole third, Ricky Renteria put on the suicide squeeze call for Adam Engel, and it worked to perfection.

Engel laid down a beautiful bunt down the first base line to score Anderson with ease.

That’s all the scoring the Sox would need, as the bullpen looked really good.

Good performances from Bruce Rondon, Jace Fry, Nate Jones and Joakim Soria solidified the Sox 20th victory (!) of the season.

The two teams will meet tomorrow at 12:10 with James Shields on the mound. The Sox will also be looking for their second straight series victory. Yes, the 2018 Chicago White Sox.