Well, the White Sox are now 1.5 games ahead in the AL Central. Things won’t get much easier as tomorrow is the rubber match against the Twins. Not to mention that after that, the Sox are off to New York to face on the the hotter teams in baseball.
In other news, Mr. Consistently Inconsistent actually broke a couple of bad streaks he had going. First, he had eight consecutive losses against the Twins. The longest streak of any pitcher against one team of late. It sure was nice to see that go away with the Sox winning the game by a final of 3-2. Then again, Gavin seems to be entering his “good” phase for the year. Yes, Gavin actually WON a game against the Twins.
Second, Dandruff Boy had a streak of 15 straight at-bats against Consistently Inconsistent where he did not make an out. Somehow, whether it was a hit, walk, or hit by a pitch, Joe Mauer was getting on base. That is until tonight when Gavin managed to strike him out in the bottom of the first inning. In fact, Dandruff Boy struck out twice against Gavin. Not gonna lie. I do enjoy Joe looking silly at the plate and having to sit down with out making contact.
Things got interesting in the ninth inning when Addison Reed got two outs and then Trevor Plouffe got a hit to put runners at second and third. Chris Parmelee represented the tying run and he was looking to do big things in the at-bat. Parmelee gets hit and it all comes down to Jamey Carroll. Jamey drives in two runs to bring the Twins within one run.
Denard Span came to the plate with two out and seemingly is the perfect guy to continue the Twins rally. Unfortunately, he bounces on to Bacon for the final out.
Kudos to Alex Rios to get the Sox on the board with the two-run home run to get things started. Addison Reed did manage to save the game, though he made it WAY too interesting. Tomorrow afternoon, the teams will finish up the series. Should be a pretty interesting match up between Chris Sale and Nick Blackburn.