The Minnesota Twins continued to be the Achilles' heel of the White Sox this season by bombarding the South Siders in an 18-9 victory. The key was big innings and the Twins had two huge innings that sealed the victory at U.S. Cellular Field. After the Sox put three runs on the board in their half of the first inning the Twins answered right back with a seven run second inning that saw twelve Twins come to the plate. The score only got worse for the Sox in the top half of the fifth. All ready trailing 7-4 the White Sox saw the Twins unload on Phillip Humber, who gave up eight of Minnesota's ten earned runs in just 1/3 of an inning's work. When the fifth inning came to a merciless end the Sox were down 17-4 and the crowd of 15,698 had quickly started dissipating.
Sox starter Jose Quintana lasted only 1 and 1/3 innings giving up seven earned runs on five hits and remains winless in his past five starts. After Tuesday's short outing Quintana has seen his ERA climb from 2.77 to 3.68 in his winless five game span. The Sox continue their search to find a pitcher who can give them some consistency with Gavin Floyd still on the DL and also take pressure off of Jake Peavy and Chris Sale. Dylan Axelrod will probably get another along with Hector Santiago while Quintana is expected to pitch in next Monday's four game opener against the Detroit Tigers.
Luckily for the Sox, no matter how bad the score was it only counts for one loss. The other positive is that the Sox didn't lose any ground on their A.L. Central lead because the Tigers lost to their Kryptonite team, the Cleveland Indians, in a 3-2 contest earlier in the evening. The best thing for the Sox to do after a game like this is immediately forget about it and get ready for tomorrow's finale against the Twins. Jake Peavy (9-10, 3.28) takes the mound and hopes to continue his string of solid outings against the Twins. Peavy's last two starts against the Twins have been fantastic. (2 W's, 14.0 IP, 2 ER's, 14 K's) Peavy will go against P.J. Walters (2-2, 5.40) as the Sox try to take two out of three against the hated Twins.
STAT OF THE NIGHT
This one courtesy of Eye On Baseball's Twitter feed, showcasing Phillip Humber's horrific stat line in Tuesday night's game. (Remember when he threw a perfect game earlier this season? Seems like forever ago.)
Philip Humber faced 10 batters tonight: triple, single, single, sac fly, walk, single, walk, single, HR, single. 0.1 IP, 8 R.
— Eye on Baseball (@EyeOnBaseball) September 5, 2012
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