With all the hype leading up to this series, the White Sox came out flat and lost to the Twins 9-3 to fall 7 games behind the Twins, all but ending their postseason hopes.
Starter John Danks had a poor outing going 7 innings but giving up 4 runs on 9 hits with 3 strikeouts. Minnesota starter Francisco Liriano didn’t fare much better going 6 innings, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits with 3 walks and 7 strikeouts.
Both starters kept the game scoreless until the 5th when Delmon Young homered and Denard Span singled in a run to give the Twins the 2-0 lead. The White Sox came back in the 5th with a 2 run single by Alexei Ramirez to tie the game at 2. The White Sox would briefly take the lead in the 6th on a bases loaded ground out by A.J Pierzynski that scored Paul Konerko and gave the White Sox the 3-2 lead. The Twins would come back to take the lead in the 7th on a RBI single by Danny Valencia and a RBI double by J.J Hardy to give the Twins the 4-3 lead. Matt Thornton came out of the bullpen in the 8th and had his worst outing at the worst possible time, giving up 4 runs in give 2/3 of an inning and giving the Twins the 8-3 lead. J.J Putz would come in relief of Thornton and give up a run to make the score 9-3 and that’s the way the game would end.
The White Sox had all the chances in the world and just couldn’t capitalize. They had bases loaded on two separate occasions with only 1 out and they got the double play that scored a run on one occasion and the other ended when both Konerko and Manny Ramirez struck out. Manny turned out to be a waste of money because he still hasn’t gotten an extra base hit, he hasn’t got an RBI, and he struck out in a situation that he has thrived in for most of his career.
So the White Sox chances are all but over but alas the season continues. Tonight we send Gavin Floyd to face off against Brian Duensing. The only thing really left to watch now is to see if Konerko can hit 40 home runs and to hope he’s considered a major contender for the AL MVP. Other than that, there’s not much left to hope for unless the Twins lose almost every game from here on out (which is almost assured that it won’t happen).
The White Sox put up a good fight but in the end it looks like the better team is going to win.
But as always………. GO WHITESOX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!