At the outset, the Chicago White Sox were leading Wednesday’s game, 1-0, and with Ross Detwiler allowing just one single against the first five Minnesota Twins hitters, things looked promising. Tenuous, but promising.
Well, another single and a three-run bomb from Jonathan Schoop later, and the Twins would have all the runs they’d need for the win, and Detwiler was more than halfway to a thorough shelling.
By the eighth, the Twins had plated eight, handing the White Sox a second straight defeat, 8-2.
Jake Odorizzi wasn’t particularly sharp for Minnesota, but Chicago’s propensity for strikeouts lent him aid, to the tune of eight, against just two walks (the White Sox would add four more Ks to their game tab, for another unruly K-to-BB ratio).
A consummately-Sox sequence scarred the fourth inning, as the White Sox spoiled their shot to get back into what was then a 5-1 game. Yoán Moncada and Tim Anderson singled, and an Eloy Jiménez walks packed the sacks with one out.
Matt Skole turned that bounty into an RBI fielder’s choice — although to be fair, his chopper-two-hopper had eyes, and it took a phenomenal play by Schoop at second to turn a two-run single into a one-run second out. Natch, Beef Castillo whiffed on five pitches to extinguish the rally.
Later, Schoop hit his second home run of the game, making him a clear MVP for the contest. The Twins signed him at a pay-cut, one-year deal of $7.5 million this offseason. We didn’t.
The forecast to avoid a sweep is not good in tomorrow’s getaway game. José Berrios locks right arms with Dylan Cease, and that one’s not a fair fight, especially with the slumping White Sox bats. Check it out at 1:10 p.m. on NBCSC and WGN-AM.