Rapid Reaction: White Sox 9, Twins 2
September, 16, 2012
By Bruce Levine
MINNEAPOLIS -- A quick look at the Chicago White Sox's 9-2 win over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday at Target Field.
<How it happened: Pitching against the team he had won his last three games against, Jake Peavy did it again, winning his 11th game of the season by giving up just two runs in six innings. The Sox right-hander surrendered a first-inning solo home run to Joe Mauer before his own offense kicked in. The Sox scored two runs in the second inning off of Twins starter Scott Diamond. A Dewayne Wise sacrifice fly and a Kevin Youkilis double accounted for the first two runs. Later, Dayan Viciedo's double in the fourth scored Alex Rios. Peavy gave up back-to-back doubles in the fifth inning to Trevor Plouffe and Alexi Casilla. Adam Dunn played first base again and hit his first home run since returning from an oblique strain. His 39th of the season came in the sixth inning and is the most he has hit in a season since 2007, when he hit 40. Viceido blasted his 21st of the season with Rios aboard, sending Diamond to the showers in the sixth. The Sox sent 11 men to the plate that inning, scoring six runs.
What it means: Peavy defeated the Twins for the fourth time in 2012. The White Sox held onto their slim lead over the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central as the two teams prepare to make up last Thursday’s rainout at U.S Cellular Field on Monday at 1:10 p.m. The Sox are showing the ability to score runs without using the long ball. That is something they will have to continue on their road trips to Kansas City and Los Angeles, where home runs don’t come that easily. Getting back Dunn for the Tigers game is a key element. The Sox are 25 -11 when Dunn homers.
Outside the box: The White Sox defense has been a key factor in many of their close-game victories . They rank second in the league in fielding percentage, having made only 63 errors. The South siders have allowed the fewest unearned runs in baseball (26). The team has finally gotten over the .500 mark in central division play (32-30). They’ll play 10 of their last 17 games against division opponents.
Up next: Sox left-hander Jose Quintana (6-4, 3.52 ERA) and Tigers right-hander Doug Fister (9-8, 3.49) will match up in the last meeting of the season between the two top teams in the Central division.