Instant Rationalization – White Sox strong in all phases in 9-2 victory over Twins

Instant Rationalization –  White Sox strong in all phases in 9-2 victory over Twins
I'm back guys! (Hannah Foslien, Getty Images / September 16, 2012)

Adam Dunn’s mere presence in the lineup this series against the Twins has given the White Sox a return to normalcy and a shot in the arm.  Dunn hit 39th home run of the season and let a White Sox offensive attack that scored nine runs in finishing off a sweep of the Twins.  Dayan Viciedo added a home run and three RBI and four White Sox players (Viciedo, Dunn, Youkilis and Wise) collected at least 2 RBI.

Jake Peavy dominated every Twins hitter not named Joe Mauer, pitching six innings of two-run ball, striking out.  The win raises Peavy’s record to the .500 mark at 11-11.

The White Sox swept a team they have dominated all year long, winding up with a 13-4 record against Minnesota.

Key Performers

Adam Dunn – 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI – Dunn’s solo shit jumpstarted what would be a six-run sixth inning for the White Sox.

Dayan Viciedo – 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI – Viciedo followed up Dunn’s homer with a two-run bomb of his own to the second deck in the left field seats in the sixth inning.

Jake Peavy – 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K – Peavy only allowed two hits to Twins hitters not named Joe Mauer in his six solid innings.

Joe Mauer – 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI – Mauer was involved in both of the Twins runs and accounted for one-third of their hits.

Turning Point

Adam Dunn’s home run to lead off the sixth inning off of Scott Diamond ignited a six-run sixth inning, which put the game out of reach.  The Sox would tally four more hits that inning and a Twins error helped keep the floodgates open.

The Twins would record just two more hits the rest of the game as the Sox coasted their way to yet another sweep over the Twins.

Things Would Be Different If…

…the Twins weren’t the Twins.  As much as it’s seemed like the Royals and Tigers have dominated the White Sox this year, the Sox have dominated the Twins even more.  Maybe it’s payback for the Twins past recent decade of dominance over the Sox, but the Twins will be missed for the rest of the season.

Takeaway

The Sox swept a series that they should have and had to do so.  The return of Adam Dunn couldn’t not be stated enough; simply put, the Sox offense found its identity again with the big slugger back in the three hole.  Dunn went 4-7 over the last two games of the series with today’s home run, and hopefully the futile offensive performance against the Tigers can be officially be put behind us.

The Sox go into tomorrow’s makeup game against the Tigers with at least a one-game lead over the Tigers.  Jose Quintana, the starter for the Sox’s lone victory over the Tigers last week, will tow the rubber in a rematch against Doug Fister.

Overall Record: 79-66, 1.5 games ahead of Detroit (pending Detroit’s game against Cleveland)

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