Recap: White Sox drop the series against the Minnesota Twins with a 4-1 loss
Sometimes you have to just give it to the opposing pitcher. This was just one of those games Ervin Santana just dominated yesterday. He made it to only 87 pitches was all he needed for a two-hit shutout going into the eighth inning. Ervin Santana struck out seven and only walked one. The ace went out against Jose Quintana who had a good game too. Jose went for 6 1/3 letting up 5 hits with 2 ER and 7 strikeouts. Big rebound game after giving a little bit of a stinker performance his first time on the mound. In his first outing hopefully, it was just shaking off rust because he let up six runs and three dingers. For the White Sox to have any type of success this year, Jose Quintana needs to pitch lights out deep into games.
“I feel pretty good,” Quintana said. “My command was better. Santana was good. It was a tough game. Played good, just two runs, but I feel pretty good today, better than last time.”
The Minnesota Twins are really tearing it up in the start of the season winning five of the first six games. They are trying to improve on having the worst record in the Majors only winning 59 games last season which is actually impressive to be that bad.
The game broke open when Joe Mauer hit a two-out single to bring in Robbie Grossman who doubled with two outs. The bad spot on this game for Jose Quintana came on a 1-2 pitch where he put a ball in the zone for Jorge Polanco to put over the wall.
Before this game, the White Sox’s bullpen was actually doing really good. They had an 11 2/3 inning streak of not giving up a run. That actually went back to 11 games dating from last season. The clinching runs for the Minnesota Twins came over a big two-run homer by Miguel Sano who crushed it over the centerfield wall. That made the game 4-0 in the eighth.
The Chicago White Sox did make it interesting at the end. With the bases loaded in the eight Brandon Kintzler of the Twins plunked Avisail Garcia to score their only run. But the Next batter Yomer Sanchez struck out ending the rally and their only real chance to get some runs. They end up losing 4-1.
The stat of the night isn’t a good one for the Sox. In his last 47 1/3 innings pitched Jose Quintana is posting a 5.51 ERA.
I think we can all agree that these Uniforms are fire.