# 2011 Game 87: Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox

The last time the Twins have lost a series against Chicago was May 19-21, 2009. There was a two game split on May 11-12, 2010, but there’s no doubt the Twins would have won the series if given the chance. Overall, the Twins are .732 against the White Sox from 2009 through today.

Blackburn has done his part this year, abusing the White Sox with a 0.61 ERA in 14.2 innings. His FIP is probably quite ugly though, since he struck out only two while walking five. Could you try to keep the ratio above two one today?

### 312 LTEs written in response to 2011 Game 87: Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox

• HomerDome

I smell stolen bases.

• I smell pitchouts. And walks.

• here’s to extending the abusing the White Sox is fun! category far into the future.

• GreekHouse

So the dude who was supposed to buy my gym flaked out and didn’t come for the third time. I’m pissed. This time, he didn’t even bother to message me. If he tries to contact me in the future, I think I should just jack up the price on him.

On a related note…anybody want a home gym?

• Warning Track Mauer

• GreekHouse

Joey Joe Jo!

• HomerDome

I thought that was a Chairman donger.

• GreekHouse

The dagger!

• I demand a graphic comparing Joe as a first baseman compared to Joe as a catcher since his last game as a first baseman.

• cheaptoy

What was his OPS as a 1B? 1.200? Pfft, he’s worthless as a first baseman compared to his 3.000 OPS as a catcher the game after first basing.

• Someone must have reminded Cuddy about the All-Star game. The stat-padding continues!

• HomerDome

Cuddy steal situation here.

• HomerDome

Terrible jump but he still would’ve made it.

• Playing the Hosers is easy.

• Geoff

It’s not exactly a radio or tv voice -- but I have enjoyed TK’s insights and angle on the games. Of course its easier to like things when beating the White Sox.

• brianS

$*()&$#)*#@-ing Geoff!

• Geoff

How do you know what my wife calls me?

• brianS

It’s good to see that Mauer’s participation in the HR hitting contest time at first base has not ruined his swing.

• brianS

Oh, so we get THAT Blackburn today?

• Geoff

Hmm -- well that 1-0 lead help up nicely.

• cheaptoy

Yeah, Konerko vs. Blackburn is not a matchup I feel is favorable for the Twins.

• Geoff

Blackburn vs ______________ is favorable to the Twins right now?

• cheaptoy

Well, Juan Pierre….

• freakin’ give-back runs

• brianS

Dazz: GOML, Paulie. You “conceded” the triple when you could have made it “easily.”

Me: WTF?

• HomerDome

We’ll know if it’s one of THOSE Blackburn games if Dunn does anything here.

• brianS

Not Done.

• cheaptoy

There you have it.

• Geoff

Blackburn is doing a great job avoiding the strike zone…..oh wait.

• HomerDome

It’s Hoey-ball tonight.

• Geoff

Wow -- I doubt anyone in the HR derby will see a pitch that grooved.

• brianS

Obviously, Mauer doesn’t know how to call pitches. Move him back to 1b.

• cheaptoy

Suddenly, I’m less upset that this game isn’t available for me to watch.

• brianS

OFFS. Put Capps in.

• HomerDome

Well, he got the first guy out.

• Ugh, Blackburn. I’m getting too drunk to forgive you tonight.

• Geoff

TK “Andy’s going to have to work some magic here…” Hopefully that magic includes pulling Blackburn ASAP.

• brianS

Free Kevin Slowey!

• cheaptoy

The comeback is just gonna be that much sweeter, is all.

• hungry joe

how prophetic…

• cheaptoy

I’m taking credit for this one, even if I didn’t follow past the second inning.

• Geoff

Progress -- Blackburn did get 2 strikes before giving up that RBI double….so there is that.

• cheaptoy

Yeah, I’m out. I’ve got sharp sticks to poke into my eye.

• Geoff

Perfect spot to hit AJ in the head -- get the DP in order.

• Time to run for Jimmy Johns…

• brianS

the Vito!!!!111one111!!!

• OMG yes — #5, no ‘maters

• brianS

Needs to pitch down in the zone.

• Geoff

Needs to pitch down in the zone AAA.

• FU Blackburn.

I fear this is the start of his annual string of ineffective starts.

• DK

That started with the Dodgers game.

• Oh yes. I meant the last 3 games. I maybe should’ve worded that in a more clear way. I think we’re definitely in the midst of it.

• brianS

Jeebus. Screw Sunday. Get Snickersaw in the game.

• Geoff

All things considered -- throwing runners out probably better odds than Blackburn getting anybody out.

• brianS

Bronx Cheer!

• DK

Blackburn may have to fall on his sword tonight since the long guy’s starting on Sunday, I would imagine.

• sean

Spot start by Kyle Gibson!

• brianS

• sean

…30 spot starts by Gibson?

• Geoff

I was thinking 30 runs given up by Blackburn….

• Geoff

That was a good job holding them to only 5 runs on their 6 hits.

• HomerDome

C’mon Blackie. There’s your Radke 5. Now shut them down for the rest of the game.

• Meh…the Radke 5 was usually more like 2.

• Geoff

I thought I read somewhere that Radke was dyslexic.

• Geoff

Remembering what it was like to have a SS I had zero confidence in………

• brianS

Tolbert for the three-run donger?

It has happened against the ChiSox before, or so I’ve read.

• brianS

so has that, I’m sure.

• brianS

A single up the middle would be acceptable, Benny.

• HomerDome

In honor of the Twins coming back I have muted Hawk.

• sean

Amazing, consecutive outs!

• Geoff

Luckily it appears the 2nd time through the rotation these guys are realizing that even though its Blackburn on the mound…..they suck.

• well, the turned into a blowout freaky fast

• HomerDome

It’s only one Chairman grand slam from being tied.

• Geoff

White Sox baseball!

• HomerDome

lol.

Stoney did a promo right through that fielding error.

• Evening, all.

• Geoff

Carter -- your late. You missed all the runs the White Sox will get tonight!

• Then it sounds to me like I’m just in time!

• Geoff

You gotta love the drunken southside fan in reach of the boom mike who is obviously at the game as part of Chicago’s inmate work release program to increase attendance as he yells “You suck number seven!”

• HomerDome

Jerry White knows kung fu. They better know that.

• I think rumors of Joe Mauer’s demise were premature.

• they’ve all slapped themselves. right on the face

• HomerDome

Sweet spot for a Mauer steal.

• HomerDome

Cuddy goes ouch!

• Cuddy was hit just like an All-Star!

• Geoff

Bases loaded -- time to switch mlb.tv to Hawk for some potential whine.

• GreekHouse

This game is kinda teh suck right now, but it has potential to turn around…right now!

• cowdisciple

Juiced for Juice.

• This could work out great if the rally goes on long enough that Blackburn needs a reliever.

• brianS

eh. Uno RBI.

• Alright Tonsils, ice me bro.

• Who replaced Tosoni with _elm_n?

• brianS

Raging Tonsils should not try so hard to emulate his betters. Be patient, boy.

• Geoff

You know if I was a no talent hack that somehow got to the show -- I think Id take more than one pitch -- just to extend the experience you know?

• brianS

Dazz: “Floyd’s a guy who can throw the ball over the plate when he wants to.”

Me: other than Shooter Hunt, doesn’t that describe almost every professional pitcher?

• sean

I bet Hunt doesn’t have a problem with that either. I doubt the catcher would like jumping for it though.

• brianS

Walking Hughes has to be up there with land wars in Asia as classic blunders.

• Geoff

7 extra armies every turn but you can never hold the damn thing.

• Risk-y business, indeed.

• brianS

apparently not as bad as challenging a Sicilian with death on the line.

• hungry joe

australia’s the key.

• And only slightly less known.

• brianS

+1 vial of iocane powder.

• Geoff

Im not ready for this -- Im still building up my immunity to iocane powder.

• Geoff

TK -- “this is where we teach our minor league players to battle, battle, battle” -- why are we teaching our minor leaguers in major league games?

• I’m feelin’ a tsunami comin’ on! (too soon?)

• brianS

Damn. I was cuing up “Stormy Weather”.

• brianS

Shut UP, Dazz. You are a freakin’ broken record.

• Geoff

Gotta love 3-1 strike zones.

• Geoff

Bases load, no outs = 1 run = teh suck.

• hungry joe

nice try, smokin’ billy.

(seriously, who gave that a 4? 4? really?)

• I know, right? That tune ripped, joe.

• Oh, for stupid.

• HomerDome

Hawk freaks out over a fairly routine play.

• hungry joe

mercy!

(i would kill to listen to TK about now)

• sean

plznotmeplznotmeplznotme

• HomerDome

This will not be the last time the Twins have a chance to score in this game.

• brianS

so, Crain is available to pitch today?

• Geoff

This will not be the last time the Twins have a chance to score in this game down only 3 runs.

• HomerDome

True, tie game now.

• hungry joe

evening, all. here for just a few minutes. i’ve got a mother, and mother in law in town (oy), and i gotta head out for dinner soon…

• Geoff

There’s a mother something on the mound tonight…….

• brianS

Mother^2? What kind of buffer material do you use to keep the mass from going critical?

• hungry joe

an infant with shared blood to keep their attention.

• I assume you should be okay, provided they had similar parenting styles.

• hungry joe

they actually get along famously, which reduces headaches for me.

• brianS

that just increases the chances they will gang up on you.

• hungry joe

*gulp*

• GreekHouse

Hey, Rhu Ru,

When you buy cards online, how do people usually ship them? I’m going to try selling some of my old MTG cards on ebay and am wondering exactly what the best/cheapest way to do it is. I’m thinking right now that I can jam them in the middle of about 10 cheap cards in a plastic sleeve and just send it via normal postal mail.

• That’ll work, although I usually bundle cards between a couple hardcards within a team bag and drop in a bubble envelope. And only use blue tape, for easy removal

• GreekHouse

I’ve got some heavier duty holders that I might use for some of the more expensive cards (some are worth upwards of \$50), but I might just my solution for some of the cheaper cards. I’ll try to swing by Target tomorrow and see what I can get.

• Better get delivery confirmation then.

• brianS

Huh. Somehow the Twins scored a run in the bottom of the inning. The Twins PBP guy said “Chicago leads the Twins by two.”

• Geoff

Math is hard.

• brianS

I’m looking forward to a Mothership Wit when I get home, to go with leftover ribs and a quesadilla.

• HomerDome

Tolbot activated. Bloop bloop.

• brianS

Speed kills.

• brianS

Let the show begin, Anthony.

• brianS

Mauer still needs the triple and the HR.

• get me some cold cuts — Joe’s on a roll

• brianS

Heh heh.

• Mauer has to be licking his chops here.

• HomerDome

Thanks, Anthony.

• Geoff

Maybe its time for the White Sox to look into moving AJ over to first base.

• brianS

put him in some Veeck softball shorts and stick him in RF.

• Geoff

AJ is the type of guy who only gets on my softball team if he brings the beer…EVERY GAME.

• Good lord. Hawk and Stone won’t say anything remotely critical of Anthony.

• HomerDome

HOW DARE YOU HIT THE CHAIRMAN!?

• brianS

Cuddy better make him pay for the HBP. F-ing aye.

• Sheesh Floyd. That was the smart move there, but it’s unfortunate.

• Geoff

Bases Loaded No Outs = 1 run

Bases Loaded 1 Out = ???

• brianS

Sweet. Now for some citrus.

• Geoff

ALL STAR

• GreekHouse

White Floyd doing everything he can to make sure the Sox lose this game.

• Geoff

Step 1 -- give up a big lead

Step 2 -- ?????

Step 3 -- find yet another way to crush the White Sox.

• HomerDome

Wow. Floyd’s lucky that was only a single.

• HomerDome

Weird approach by Sweet Danny V. If the guy is gonna throw balls, don’t swing at them.

• brianS

Gameday says most of those were close or in the zone.

• hungry joe

he’s been flailing a lot lately, it seems.

• brianS

Uhhh.
522/560/913 the last week, prior to today.

• successfully flailing

• I think he meant fileting.

• hungry joe

i should’ve amended that. he has been hitting very well lately, yes, but when he’s been striking out, it’s been on very bad pitches. a closer inspection of recent scouting reports might bring that slash line down.

• brianS

Crap.

• HomerDome

And the commercial music starts going on the White Sox broadcast…there’s only 2 outs.

• brianS

to be fair, it IS Tosoni.

• GreekHouse

Is Milton Bradley running the show over there?

• cowdisciple

Viva la Resistance!

• brianS

Ice, Ice, Baby!

• Tonsilectomy!

• GreekHouse

Tosoni for All-Star!

• hungry joe

that was a very nice AB by the iceman there.

• HomerDome

THOSE TONSILS ARE HUGE!

• brianS

Awesome. Here comes Ozzy!

• Ice cream for Tonsils!

• DK

Floyd got Iced, bro.

• brianS

this is all part of the plan

to make blackburn sit until he gets cold.

“michael gilhaney is an example of a man that is nearly banjaxed from the principal of the atomic theory. would it astonish you to hear that he is nearly half a bicycle?” ~~ sergeant pluck

by BuehrleMan on Jul 8, 2011 8:15 PM CDT reply actions

• that was my hope too, but that he sat too long and has to be relieved

• HomerDome

Oh man, it’s Ohman.

• Good or bad omen?

• brianS

Is his name “Damien”?

• one guess at his ERA

• brianS

ROFL

• hungry joe

not no mo’

• HomerDome

Good for us, bad for them.

• hungry joe

aussie aussie aussie!

• HomerDome

DONGER.

• Get up! Get on back there!

• brianS

ON THE BARBIE!

• GreekHouse

That escalated quickly!

• hungry joe

indeed. this has really gotten out of hand.

• Geoff

You can put it on the board…………………………..

• GreekHouse

YES!

• Beau

Yes!

• Oi! Oi! Oi!

• that’s a big WAHOO!

• brianS

Man, I love beating up on the White Sox. Even if the Twins end up losing this game, we win.

• HomerDome

Hawk and Stone are now blaming this on the failure to double Revere up.

• GreekHouse

Did they think he was out?

• HomerDome

No. They’re blaming Beckham for the feed to Alexi.

• brianS

that was Dazz’s line to, although he was all GOML about it, suggesting that Beckham was “showboating”.

• Geoff

Hawk and Co whining that the entire inning is because of the ’4th out’ the Twins got. I LOVE IT.

• The lone beautiful thing about Hawk is that as much pleasure as Hoser fans get listening to him when they’re winning, we get even more of a kick listening to him when they’re losing.

• hungry joe

rally killer.

• Geoff

The southside inmates are getting restless…….

• HomerDome

Heh. Hughesy didn’t even watch the ball sail over the fence after he hit it.

• brianS

Glad ozzie put in ohman after the damage was done

Way to be proactive

by LVSoxFan on Jul 8, 2011 8:41 PM CDT reply actions
Scrap that

by LVSoxFan on Jul 8, 2011 8:43 PM CDT up reply actions

Floyd’s lucky to have only given up singles this inning.

A lot of fastballs up and splitting the plate.

by 3E8 on Jul 8, 2011 8:40 PM CDT reply actions
minnesota is terrible.

“michael gilhaney is an example of a man that is nearly banjaxed from the principal of the atomic theory. would it astonish you to hear that he is nearly half a bicycle?” ~~ sergeant pluck

by BuehrleMan on Jul 8, 2011 8:40 PM CDT up reply actions

• brianS

How funny would it be if Blackie were to settle down and get through 7 or 8 tonight with no more damage?

• HomerDome

His pitch count is too high for that. Getting through 6 at this point would be pretty great.

• Gotta love this:

How come the one time the Sox actually have offense is the one time the pitching shits all over itself?

Fuck Gavin Floyd and fuck this season.

The Great Ballparks Tour 2011! Rogers Centre August 29, Yankee Stadium September 2, Citizens Bank Park September 5, Nationals Park September 6!

by mikecws91 on Jul 8, 2011 8:45 PM CDT

As opposed to last night when Hoser pitching sh!t all over itself, right?

• HomerDome

Blackie’s curve is beginning to do stuff. Apparently all that bench-sitting wasn’t so terrible.

• GreekHouse

Maybe it was the Twins who were the ones with the superior master plan of scoring a bunch of runs so that they would be in the lead.

• HomerDome

Has anyone at SSS noticed that tonight’s lineup is even more AAA than last night?

• Those mooks think Orlando Cepeda mans first for the Cards.

• Ha! It’s ALBERT Cepeda. losers

• Geoff

Meaning tonight’s lineup is better than last nights?

• brianS

I wonder if Dazz yells at stadium organists to “turn that sh!t down! That’s not music, it’s just noise!” everytime one does a riff on a pop song? Because his lawn seems mighty, mighty wide tonight.

• GreekHouse

• brianS

Do-mah-tray up next? Ugh.

• brianS

Finish this, Blackie. I need to go home.

• brianS

Dazz, when you are hitting .166, you aren’t swing the bat well against righties either.

• brianS

I’m out. Good recovery, Blackie.

• HomerDome

Dunn may have already done what all he is going to do tonight.

• GreekHouse

Dunn may have already done what all he is going to do tonight this month.

• HomerDome

“His speed was the reason why they got 5 of the 6 runs last inning”

Direct Hawk quote about Revere.

• South Carolina math.

• Time for Ben Revere to show off his Raiders.

• HomerDome

Mauer was hitting .190 for the season 2 weeks ago. His average now? .257

• Beau

that’s better than Harmon’s career average!

• no doubt Hawk’s all vindicated with that PO

• FirstTime "hitman" LongTime

I got out of work at 933 EST turned the mlb app on my phone. I turned on the game at exactly the right time. The Tonsils was great but I just started cracking up when Hughes hit the homer. Man, we own the White Sox.

• Oooh, I can’t wait to see what they say about that over at SSS.

• Geoff

1 pitch walk > 4 pitch walk. Conserving pitches.

• GreekHouse

Beckham got bent.

• Why is Dazzle surprised that that was only the third K by Blackburn? It’s only the 5th, how many times does he think Dunn came to the plate?

• GreekHouse

Maybe it was just because Blacky was so dominant that it seemed like more.

• GreekHouse

Nick Blackburn in line for the W!

• Geoff

That was a damn fine 4 innings for Mr Blackburn tonight.

• cowdisciple

• You know what’s fun? Reading comments on SSS last night about how all Twins fans are bandwagon jumpers/fair weather fans, only to be confronted with a stream of comments like “8-5, what the hell? I leave after the first inning and the offense has gone back to hibernation mode.” and “Can someone [expletive] explain me what happened here? I left the game 5 × 2 in our favor to watch a little bit of soccer (Copa America)….flipped the channel and we are down by three runs???” over there tonight.

• HomerDome

It’s hard to compete with the Cubs regarding fair-weather fandom, but it’s a simple fact that 99 percent of what White Sox’ fans think they know is wrong.

• Geoff

Adam Dunn kind of sucks.

• whiffers

His line against LHP is almost unbelievably bad

• HomerDome

His .165 average is going to go down after that.

Dude’s worse at the plate than Tony Batista.

• Beau

Got my LGSW exam tomorrow morning at 8 o’clock.

Take it home gentlemen.

• socaltwinsfan

WOW! I listened to the first couple innings and then decided it would be better to spend my time with my family. I decided to check the damage and see the Twins with the lead! Awesome. Blackburn trying to do a Radke special. Give up a bunch in the first and then try to hang around long enough to get the win. Nice!

• HomerDome

Giving up on the White Sox, Hawk narrates a fight in the Red Sox-Orioles game.

• HomerDome

I just saw it on 4ltr.

Pretty funny actually.

• That was an absolutely classic “hold me back” fight out of Papi. What a chaunce.

• Hughes jobbed on that strike three.

• HomerDome

The umpire is trying to speed up the game, oh wait here comes Ozzie…nice try Blue.

• GreekHouse

Burnett!? Why is he always pitching?

• GreekHouse

Best Burnett EVER!

• HomerDome

Still 2.5 innings left in this Gardy.

Burnett…

• HomerDome

Nevermind. The White Sox suck.

• Yeesh, some really bad swings there by Mauer and Cuddy.

• HomerDome

It’s a speed game now. Put ‘em down in 7 pitches, Joe.

• HomerDome

*ahem* 9 pitches then.

• Going off all the Ozzie hate on SSS, I wonder if they would accept an Ullger-for-Ozzie swap?

• FirstTime "hitman" LongTime

If Ozzie loves how they do things so much then he can take his Twinkie-loving ass to their
organization and have a ball. Stop kissing their ass and beat them.

“Relax, all right? Don’t try to strike everybody out. Strikeouts are boring. Besides that, they’re fascist. Throw some ground balls. It’s more democratic” -- Crash Davis
by Servant2LordBeckham on Jul 8, 2011 9:44 PM CDT up reply

• brianS

the opposition between the comment and the quote is about as wide as I’ve ever seen.

• FirstTime "hitman" LongTime

Nathan in the 8th. Gulp, does that me, oh crap, Capps in the 9th?

• GreekHouse

I only trust Capps as far as I can throw him. Maybe if he lost some weight, then I could throw him further, but I still wouldn’t trust him.

• FirstTime "hitman" LongTime

I hope you keep the home gym. Maybe you could throw him further.

• GreekHouse

The gym has been disassembled because I thought that dude was coming to buy it, so I’ll never use it again. I am keeping my Bowflex dumbbells though. Those things are awesome!

• Augh, what have I been missing over the past six innings?!

• HomerDome

Everything?

• GreekHouse

The game has taken a remarkable turn for the boring since the Twins scored 6 in the 4th. Fine by me, just as long as it stays boring.

• HomerDome

Crapps coming up in the 9th. You won’t be bored anymore.

• Lame. I think I actually went to go eat with the Milkmaid and the in-laws in the bottom of the third.

• HomerDome

Hughes hit one back home to Perth.

• I gathered that from the Aussie-centric comments above. I sure wish food had been ready a bit later.

• socaltwinsfan

I don’t get it. If Nathan is pitching well, why isn’t he back as closer? He took himself out of the role because he was pitching poorly. That’s clearly not the case anymore. So, why can’t he be made the closer again?

• Because at the moment Perkins is pitching better? I’m happy to see Nathan freed for use when needed, and not when Gardy thinks the closer tag is called for.

• GreekHouse

Yep. The game can be lost just as easily in the 8th as the 9th, and 3 outs are 3 outs.

• meat

I just stopped by to say: I love when the twins play the sox.

• FirstTime "hitman" LongTime

I LOVE the Joe Mauer Head and Shoulders background ad on SSS.

• HomerDome

hahaha.

Great catch.

• Yeah, that made me laugh from the beginning. He’s never that dreamy during a real game. I mean, he is, but his hair isn’t.

• FirstTime "hitman" LongTime

It is exactly the kind of salt in a wound that I really enjoy.

• Also, did you notice in the blog area that a guy named “Rhubarb” wrote a post containing the word “Twain?” (Close enough to Twayn, yeah?)

• FirstTime "hitman" LongTime

Woah.

• How dare they besmirch the name!

• there’s not much to besmirch, either of them

• HomerDome

In fairness, you rarely get to see his hair much during the game.

• So that’s what the Internet looks like when you don’t have ads disabled! I like it.

• HomerDome

Cue the Crain Wreck.

• socaltwinsfan

Well, at least Konerko cannot be the tying run.

• HomerDome

Another loud out for Crapps.

• socaltwinsfan

I’m just happy it is an out. A ball that doesn’t reach the warning track in Chicago in July probably wasn’t hit all that great anyways.

• Maybe the Twins should ask the White Sox if they can play the rest of their home games in Chicago.

• HomerDome

1-2-3

With only 2 loud outs.

Sweet.

• brianS

another non-disaster for Capps.

• socaltwinsfan

He’s fixed!

• fireworks! puppies! smelly sox!

• GreekHouse

Capps says “I want delicious puppies!”

• FirstTime "hitman" LongTime

Twins : White Sox :: Yankees : Twins

• HomerDome

14th Save of the Season for Matt Capps.

• Wow, that’s like double his blown save total!

• Dept. of Small Victories:

capps stinks.

at least they gave up wilson ramos for him. haha.

“michael gilhaney is an example of a man that is nearly banjaxed from the principal of the atomic theory. would it astonish you to hear that he is nearly half a bicycle?” ~~ sergeant pluck

by BuehrleMan on Jul 8, 2011 10:31 PM CDT

• meat

Ahhhhhhh, hahahahhahahahhaahhahahahahhahahaah

• Oh lordy. Hall of Fame-worthy SSS comment:

We are the real-life well played Mauer guy.

by 3E8 on Jul 8, 2011 10:39 PM CDT

• davidwatts

with the Clevelanders losing tonight, the Twins are 7 games out of first place…also 7 games under the .500 mark. Only trail the ChiSox by 2.5 for 3rd place

• socaltwinsfan

Twins also now guaranteed to be no worse than 9 back at the All-Star break. I would have been very happy with that when they were 16.5 back. I’d love to see them get another game or two closer in the next couple days as well.

• socaltwinsfan

From AP:

Chicago’s five first-inning runs matched the White Sox’s total output against the Twins in their first five games this season.

• I left to go see a friend right after Tonsils’ base hit. I made a quick stop at the store, and stayed in the car to listen to Hughes’ AB. I started laughing like a maniac when he hit the home run. The game was never in doubt.