CHICAGO — A solid series win ended with a sour taste, as the Minnesota Twins crushed the Chicago White Sox 8-1 in the capper on Sunday.
Minnesota hit three home runs, including a grand slam in the fifth inning by Miguel Sano, to put this one away early. Matt Tomshaw, who had a brilliant debut for the White Sox last week, took the brunt of the abuse, ceding five runs off five hits (two homers) in five innings, with a walk and six Ks.
Things started off frustratingly for the White Sox offense, which maintained a low-BB/high-K diet on Sunday. With one out in the first inning, Nick Madrigal and Eloy Jiménez singled and Zack Collins walked. But with the sacks packed and Minny starter Kenta Maeda in hot water, Luis Robert and Nomar Mazara struck out.
It would be the only legitimate threat of the game for the South Siders.
Manager Ricky Renteria desperately tried to get Tomshaw to five innings and a possible win or no-decision ... and nearly succeeded. Tomshaw showed signs of wildness in the fifth, hitting both Ehire Adrianza and Byron Buxton, and a Luis Arraez single filled the bases with one out. Tomshaw bowed his neck and got Nelson Cruz to pop out, but on a 2-0 pitch Sano triple-hitched and sent a grand slam out 396 feet to left field.
One day after a four-hit game to spur the Sox to victory, Yoán Moncada went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts.
And as a final insult on this forgettable day, Tim Anderson slapped a ninth-inning double to left-center, but bruised his hand on the swing. He’s considered day-to-day but will miss some time.
Tomorrow the White Sox head to Kansas City, where Dallas Keuchel levies his red-hot start on the 6-9 Royals, who will toss Jakob Junis. Keuchel beat Junis back on March 28, when the lefthander went 6 ⅓ innings of seven-hit, two-run ball; the White Sox hit up Junis for four runs over 5 ⅔ innings.
NOTES: Despite falling to 9-6 with the loss, the White Sox maintain a first-place edge over Cleveland and remain the best team in the American League ... Twins No. 8 hitter Ehire Adrianza stretched his hitting streak to 12 games with a single in the third ... Tim Anderson was placed on the 10-day injured list ... the White Sox called up Jaycob Brugman from Triple-A Charlotte to replace him ... Despite having the best record in the AL, the White Sox ranked No. 9 in the most recent MLB Power Rankings.
Around the majors
- Asdrubal Cabrera of the Nationals was the First Star of the day, going 3-for-4 with a double, two homers, five RBIs, four runs and a walk in a 10-3 win over the Dodgers.
- The Yankees lost again and fell to 8-8 with an 11-10 loss to Oakland. But Gio Urshela was the Second Star of the day, going 2-for-3 with two home runs, five RBIs, three runs and two walks in the loss.
- Keeping Cleveland mere percentage points behind the White Sox in the AL Central was Third Star and Rays starter Charlie Morton, who threw a two-hit shutout against Cleveland, with a walk and four Ks.
- Baltimore evened up with the Yankees, at 8-8, with an 11-4 win over Pittsburgh.
- Randal Grichuk had another two-homer game and moved to seven on the season, powering the Blue Jays to a 10-2 win over Kansas City. Toronto had five homers in the game.
- Todd Frazier also banged out two homers for Texas, also giving him seven on the season, in an 8-5 win over Houston.
- Seattle finished a sweep in Boston behind Justus Sheffield, who pitched 6 ⅓ innings of three-hit ball, with a run, three walks and eight strikeouts.
- Max Fried moved to 2-0 by throwing seven shutouts innings on two hits and six Ks in Atlanta’s 1-0 win over Miami.
- The Mets beat Milwaukee 4-0 and moved to 10-5 behind seven shutout innings (three hits, walk, eight Ks, 80 game score) from Jacob DeGrom, who improved to 3-0 himself.
- Kevin Gausman and the Giants stopped red-hot San Diego in its tracks with an 8-0 win. Gausman went 7 ⅓ shutout innings, scattering three hits and a walk against 11 strikeouts.
- The Cubs lost again, but got worse news, as a sprained ankle will sideline beefy clubber Anthony Rizzo for six weeks.
- Milwaukee shortstop Luis Urias suffered a setback in his rehab from a broken hand sees his return for the Brewers pushed back at least another week.
- Giancarlo Stanton of the Yankees was named the AL Player of the week, with a .321 average, with five homers and 10 RBIs. For the season, Stanton has 10 home runs and 22 RBIs in 16 games.
- Pete Alonso of the Mets was named the NL Player of the Week. Hit hit .417 with four home runs and nine RBIs for the week. For the season, Alonso is hitting .283 with a .409 OBP and seven homers and 16 RBIs in 15 games.