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Strikeouts and Poor Defense Haunt White Sox, Fall to Twins 4-0

The Chicago White Sox entered tonight looking to string together back-to-back wins, which is something they haven’t done since the first two games of the season. After a brutal homestand, the White Sox got off to just as brutal of a start to open up their seven-game road trip.

The White Sox faced the Twins right-hander Jose Berrios and they struggled against him throughout his entire outing. Berrios hammered the strike zone all night and the White Sox were swinging at everything. He easily cruised through his outing while racking up 11 strikeouts and not allowing one walk. Berrios had his best stuff tonight, causing the White Sox to guess which pitches were coming while they were at the plate.

Lucas Giolito struggled throughout the early innings of his start, but as the game went on he got better. Control was the big issue in the early innings, however, he would eventually settle down and limit the damage the Twins could do and kept the White Sox in the game as long as he could. Giolito got into a few early jams that were eliminated by double plays in the first and second-inning and no runs were given up.

Lucas Giolito put a lot of emphasis on wanting to work on his curveball this year, but tonight he would use his changeup and slider more frequently. Giolito made it through 6.1 IP tonight and ended up getting charged with two more earned runs after he exited. Aaron Bummer came in to relieve Giolito, inheriting runners on second and third base with one out. The two runs came off the bat of Joe Mauer, who reached the milestone of 2,000 career hits tonight.

Lucas Giolito’s Final Line: 6.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 K, 5 BB.

A costly error by Tim Anderson allowed the Twins to score their first run of the ballgame in the third-inning. With Byron Buxton on third-base, Brian Dozier hit a weak ground ball to Anderson who threw the ball in the dirt trying to get Buxton out at home. Dozier would reach second base on the throw and was brought home by the next batter Joe Mauer, giving the Twins a two-run lead.

This was not the only poor throw by Tim Anderson tonight. In the fifth inning, he would cleanly field a grounder, but once again he threw the ball in the dirt only this time it was over to first base. Jose Abreu made a fantastic play and ate up the throw to get him out. The ball came in at an awkward angle and Jose managed to field the ball and keep his foot on the bag as he was falling forward.

Sadly, the fielding troubles would continue later in the game. In the eighth-inning, Eduardo Escobar hit a grounder to Yoan Moncada who had trouble fielding it and this allowed Escobar to reach base. Escobar would go from first to third on a stolen base attempt when Omar Narvaez airmailed a throw to second base that ended up in the outfield.

This was one of those games where even though the final score was 4-0, it seemed like it should’ve been a lot worse. Yolmer Sanchez was the only player tonight who was able to consistently make solid contact against Berrios. Any time the White Sox had a runner on base, they did nothing to make it a scoring threat and strikeouts haunted them throughout the entire game.

On-Deck

The White Sox will be back at it tomorrow night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 CT. Tune in to NBC Sports Chicago (TV) or WGN 720 (radio). Reynaldo Lopez will be on the mound. Hopefully, he can continue his hot streak.

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Currently a BSN student at Chamberlain University. I recently moved to Phoenix, AZ. I’ve always been passionate about sports, whether that’s participating in them or watching them. Bears, Bulls, White Sox, and Blackhawks fan.

6 comments on “Strikeouts and Poor Defense Haunt White Sox, Fall to Twins 4-0

  1. can we consider moving Timmy to left or center maybe? obviously has issues at SS but we can still utilize his arm and speed in the outfield perhaps?

    • Sean Williams

      This could be a good year to give it a try at least. Ricky Renteria has been giving players a look at different positions with Nicky Delmonico getting looks at first-base and Leury Garcia at shortstop and second-base. There are some intriguing middle of the infield prospects in this upcoming draft that are realistic targets for the White Sox so if Tim Anderson doesn’t show some improvement, then it might not hurt to see what he can do at another position.

      • Maybe if Timmy gets a chance and performs well in the outfield, it would allow us to trade avi without a sweat, since Elloy is knocking at the door and Robert is our centerfielder of the future, lets not forget to mention rutherford, basabe, adolfo. I believe moncada will figure it out eventually but it will take more patience than expected unfortunately, but we need a big bat at third and a legitimate shortstop, maybe trading avi could help?

      • Sean Williams

        It’s going to be interesting to see what happens with Avi. If they do go ahead and decide to trade him, he could bring back a pretty good return. The White Sox do have a ton of outfield talent in the farm and it’s not a bad problem to have. Basabe is turning himself into a nice prospect when he was once considered a “throw in” piece from the Sale trade. Yoan Moncada will figure everything out and I’m not worried about him. He doesn’t even have a full season of MLB experience under his belt yet and even though he doesn’t have a good batting average, he’s been hitting the ball hard. The hits will come and he will figure everything out. This off day today could be a blessing in disguise because it gave Moncada some time off to think about things and something like that could make a difference for now. The White Sox will have a ton of money to spend this offseason and there are quite a few free agent third-basemen that they can spend money on. Avi would bring back a pretty nice return, but I’m not sure if it would be good enough to fill either of those spots long term. Plus they still have Jake Burger who will have every opportunity to become the third-baseman of the future. However, his injury is causing him to lose a year of development so we won’t be seeing him as soon as we would’ve hoped. Thanks for reading!

  2. only worry i have about Burger is his durability/endurance through an entire season and also his ability to hold down the position defensively, i don’t want him to become the schwarber of the southside, all bat no glove. I am a firm believer of pitching wins championships which is why i am stoked with our young hurlers. So since the sox will look to improve our middle infield via free agency and the draft, what do you think we could get for avi ? another young arm ?

    • Sean Williams

      I agree, defense seems like it’s been a concern for him since he was drafted. He’s surprisingly athletic for his size so I do have to give him some credit for that. He said his main goal during recovery is to work on his nutrition. If he sheds weight during his rehab that can be beneficial in helping him defensively when he comes back healthy. I also am very excited about the young pitchers we have throughout the farm. There are some studs at every level and it will be exciting once they start getting called up and promoted. I think that’s definitely a possibility. Even though we just talked about the exciting pitching prospects we have, you can never have enough arms. Having plenty of them allows the White Sox to be prepared for any unexpected injuries or if some of them don’t pan out.

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