The White Sox struggles continue to show as they lose to the Twins 9-3 for the second straight night and fall 8 games behind the Twins in the division.
Starter Gavin Floyd had an outing very similar to John Danks’ outing last night, which isn’t very good in either case. Floyd went 5.1 innings, giving up 6 runs on 9 hits with 4 strikeouts and 2 walks. Twins starter Brian Duensing pitched much better going 6 innings, giving up 2 runs on 9 hits with a walk and 4 strikeouts. The White Sox bullpen didn’t fare much better with Chris Sale going 2/3 of an inning giving up a run on 2 hits and Sergio Santos giving up 2 runs on 2 hits with 2 walks and didn’t record an out. Matt Guerrier gave up a run in relief of Duensing for the Twins and the rest of the bullpen gave up just a hit and a walk.
The Twins started the scoring in 5th on a 3 run homer by Joe Mauer to give the Twins the 3-0 lead. The Twins tacked on another 3 runs in the 6th on a sac fly by Delmon Young and infield singles by Danny Valencia and Denard Span. The White Sox cut into the lead with Carlos Quentin’s 25th homer of the year making it a 6-2 game. The Twins would score another 3 runs in the 7th on a 2 run single by Jim Thome and a sac fly by Danny Valencia. The White Sox would pick up one more run in the 7th on an infield single by Alex Rios but that is all they would get and would lose 9-3.
This is just showing how much the White Sox are struggling. The division is gone so now it’s just trying to gain a little respect before the end of the season.
Tomorrow we send Mark Buehrle to the mound to face off with Carl Pavano for the Twins. It’s a good pitching match-up and was considered the most likely shot we had at winning a game in this series. Let’s just hope the White Sox can at least win one and avoid the sweep.
And as always……… GO WHITESOX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!