Gavin Floyd came off the disabled list to start against the Twins, a team he's had his fair share of trouble against. Francisco Liriano threw a no-hitter against the Sox just last season. So naturally, the White Sox, behind Floyd and five turned double plays, beat the Twinkies 7-4 and snapped their five game losing streak in front of a sellout crowd of 37,788.
Floyd allowed twelve base runners in just six innings, but hitting coach Jeff Manto's philosophy on walks might have weight to it, because Floyd induced five double plays.
The White Sox offense finally came alive, scoring seven runs in the first three innings after scoring seven total runs this past weekend in Detroit. Homers by the heart of the White Sox order (Dunn, Konerko, Rios) were responsible for all seven runs.
Paul Konerko – 3-4, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI – Paulie continued his effort to hit the ball the other way, smacking a three-run homer in the first inning over the right field wall.
Adam Dunn – 1-4, 1 R, HR, 2 RBI – Dunn hit his 29th home run (and yet another off a lefty) to dead center.
Alex Rios - 1-4, 1 R, HR, 2 RBI – Rios hit an absolute bomb that bounced up onto the left field concourse. His magnificent comeback continues.
Konerko’s three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning provided an answer to the Twins run from the top half, a reversal of roles from this past weekend in Detroit.
It seemed fairly obvious that Konerko was trying to take Liriano the other way, yet the Twins starter threw him a high outside fastball that the Sox captain grooved out of the park. The Sox never looked back.
Things Would Be Different If…
…the Twins didn’t kill themselves with all of the double plays they hit into. Sox fans have been used to seeing the Sox kill rallies versus the Twins by grounding into double plays (GIDP), but the GIDPs were Floyd’s savior tonight.
The Twins averaged two base runners in Floyd’s six innings, but their five double plays hit into and putrid 0-14 performance with runners in scoring position did them in.
The biggest takeaway from this game was that it put this weekend’s painful sweep at the hands to the Tigers in a little bit of perspective. Tonight’s victory put the Sox only one game back of idle Detroit, even though last weekend made it feel like the Sox ended up 10 games back. It’s still only July. Sometimes that’s easy to forget.
Overall Record: 51-45, 1 GB of Detroit
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