The Minnesota Twins brought their brooms, and they swept the Chicago White Sox right out of the Twin Cities with a 7-0 crushing on Sunday.
The game started off with an eight-pitch strikeout to Charlie Tilson. As for the second inning, C.J. Cron made a great pick to rob José Rondón of a two-base hit. Dylan Covey pitched through two scoreless innings, but the game isn’t over after two.
In the third inning, Covey gave up the first hit of the game to Byron Buxton, who then stole second and advanced to third on the throw by Seby Zavala. Max Kepler doubled over the head of Charlie Tilson to drive in Buxton.
Jorge Polanco followed with a walk, and Eddie Rosario hit a big fly to right to put his team up, 4-0.
However, this came right after the White Sox had an opportunity to score first in the top of the inning. Yolmer Sánchez had a leadoff walk, and Tilson had the first hit of the game for either team. Ultimately, the Sox couldn’t drive either of the guys home, so the Twins came to bat and made sure that they drove their teammates home.
Other than the monstrous third inning, Covey limited all other damage. He went six innings, giving up three hits, four runs, two walks, and six strikeouts. Most importantly, after the Rosario home run, Covey retired all nine batters before leaving the game. It’s the positive that we needed for today’s disaster.
For the Twins, Jake Odorizzi was pitching magic. He pitched one out into the sixth; he gave up only one hit, one walk, and struck out nine. Matt Magill took over during the sixth.
At the top of the seventh, the South Siders had another opportunity to put some runs on the board. Trevor May came in to relieve Magill. May walked José Abreu, and Yonder Alonso doubled to put runners on second and third with no outs. With how the Sox have been playing, it comes as no surprise that neither runner found home plate.
Sticking with the game’s pattern, the Twins found the scoresheet once again after a Sox-missed opportunity. Josh Osich entered the game, and he struck out Luis Arraez, but he gave up back-to-back singles to Willians Astudillo and Jason Castro.
Buxton followed with a fielder’s choice, where Yoán Moncada picked the ball beautifully and tagged Astudillo out between third and home.
Then, the guy right back in the lineup, Max Kepler, brought them all home on a home run to center field.
Minnesota’s pitching kept the Good Guys at bay, and they completed the shutout that Odorizzi started. Their pitching staff had a total of 16 strikeouts.
The Sox are back in Chicago tomorrow, and they will meet with the Kansas City Royals for the first time since the Tim Anderson and Brad Keller fiasco.
Iván Nova (3-4, 6.96 ERA) will pitch against Homer Bailey (4-5, 6.13 ERA). It should be a high scoring game with a lot of the Good Guys in Black bat flipping.
The game is another 1:10 CT start for Memorial Day. NBC Sports Chicago will have it on the TV, WGN-AM has the radio, and Darren Jackson has your SSS coverage.
This wasn’t the sunglasses emoji I was hoping for today, but let’s see the boys bring it tomorrow!