Thursday, May 24, 2012
White Sox 11 Twins 6: The Wind Giveth And It Keep On Givething
So many crazy things to wrap our heads around in this one. Not only did the White Sox win a series at home, but they won a series against the Minnesota Twins. You can have all your sweeps against the Cubs, nothing is more fun for me than seeing the White Sox beat the Twins.
Especially when they're hitting five home runs along the way.
A.J. Pierzynski, Paul Konerko, Alex Rios, Dayan Viciedo and Alejandro De Aza all took turns going deep. In fact, if not for instant replay, De Aza would have had two home runs tonight, but technology correctly ruled the first one foul. Correctly.
Though karma would repay Alejandro a few innings later when he hit a grand slam in the sixth to break this one open.
Now, while the offense was pretty great, with everybody getting a hit except for Adam Dunn, Phil Humber's night was less than stellar.
The hot and windy conditions that White Sox hitters were taking advantage of? Yeah, well, the Twins were taking advantage of them too. After two perfect innings to start the night, Humber allowed 6 hits and 3 walks over the next 2.1 innings, as he didn't get out of the fifth inning.
Nate Jones wasn't able to bail Humber out in relief, letting both the runners he inherited score, and then Will Ohman allowed a BOMB to Justin Morneau. Morneau would hit another bomb off of Addison Reed in the ninth, but it was merely cosmetic as the Twins never threatened to get back in this one following the De Aza slam.
So the Sox are now over .500 for the first time since May 1 when they were 12-11. They then lost three in a row, with the first two of those losses coming against Cleveland.
The same Cleveland the Sox start a three-game series with on Friday, and the same Cleveland the Sox trail by 3.5 games in the AL Central.
Let's not allow history to repeat itself.