So after being swept by the Detroit Tigers and falling out of first place over the weekend, the Chicago White Sox swept the Minnesota Twins in a three game series. The offense bounced back in a big way after one of the worst stretches of the season. They scored twenty six runs in the three games to go with eight home runs and ten doubles.
Gavin Floyd recorded his eighth win on Monday while Adam Dunn (29), Paul Konerko (15) and Alex Rios (15) all hit home runs in a 7-4 victory. Alejandro De Aza went 3-4 with a double Monday as well. Francisco Liriano did not help his trade value by only lasting 2 2/3 innings while giving up 7 earned runs on 7 hits.
Tuesday, the Sox got the victory by a score of 11-4. Jose Quintana didn’t have his best stuff, but battled nicely through 6 1/3 innings while giving up 4 earned runs. Dunn hit his MLB league leading 30th home run to go with 4 RBI, while Konerko went 4-4 with his 16th home run. Alexei Ramirez hit just his third home run of the 2012 season. The Twins bullpen pitched two innings and gave up seven hits and nine runs to take the loss. Josh Willingham homered twice and drove in all four runs for the Twins. Nate Jones earned the win for the White Sox.
Wednesday in a day game, Jake Peavy picked up his eighth win by going six innings giving up two runs (one earned) on six hits. Dayan Viciedo had a big day at the plate going 3-4 with a double, home run and four RBI. Rios also hit his 16th home run of the season. Nick Blackburn took the loss for the Twins.
So as of right now the White Sox have a half game lead over the Tigers in the AL Central. The Tigers face the Cleveland Indians tonight.