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Three longballs fuel White Sox 7-3 win

Adam Engel, who had the game-winning clout, on the home run chain: “It’s actually a really sick piece of jewelry, with a really cool charm. Really heavy duty.”

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox
That’s Sassy! When not reviewing fashion, Adam Engel thinks better of bunt attempts and clobbers home runs, like this eventual game-winner in the fifth.
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In the first game of the post-Luis Avilán Era, with the White Sox back to full strength, the Minnesota Twins felt the full measure of Chicago’s wrath, losing 7-3.

The White Sox tallied all they needed in the the fifth inning alone, when the club struck for five on the strength of a two-run homer from Adam Engel, a run-scoring grounder/error from Daniel Palka, and a two-run single from Matt Davidson.

That KO upped the ante to 7-2, with the Twins adding an RBI single from Logan Forsythe off of Juan Minaya, charged to the new Avilán, Xavier Cedeño.

The South Siders cashed in another strong start from Carlos Rodón, although it didn’t start out so smoothly: single, force out, home run, walk, walk, Coop.

But down 2-0 and shook out of his stupor by Chicago’s vaunted pitching coach, Rodón would make it through six innings while yielding just one more walk, while running up five Ks, for a 57 game score.

The White Sox evened things up with two solo shots, Nicky Delmonico (again) in the second and Tim Anderson in the fourth. The offense overall was much improved this afternoon, with eight hits, including two from Avisaíl García, and just six strikeouts (against six walks). H/t to Kyle Gibson (seven runs, four earned, in 4 23 ) on that score, to some degree. But still, it was a stand-up showing from an offense without José Abreu, which could have packed it in for a getaway game, especially as a second straight day game looms tomorrow in Detroit.

To save the trouble of trying to type the unbelievably bad Minnesota rundown shenanigans out for you, I’m just gonna wedge this nonsense in here:

‘Course, before we sass the Twins too strongly or get carried away with the White Sox offense today, it merits pointing out that the Hose took this gift of bases-loaded, no outs and scored zero runs in the sixth.

Juego G, if he isn’t waive-dealt away to, dunno, Oakland or something in the next 18 hours, takes the mound in Motown tomorrow, with tipoff just after noon Central.