Rapid Reaction: White Sox 7, Twins 6 (11)

April, 2, 2014
Apr 2
5:39
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox put together a frantic rally Wednesday for a 7-6 victory in 11 innings over the Minnesota Twins.


How it happened: Leury Garcia scored the winning run on a wild pitch. He reached base on a two-strike bunt single, went to second on a balk and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Paul Konerko started a game-tying rally in the ninth inning with a pinch-hit single off the third base bag. Garcia got the White Sox within a run with an RBI single and Adam Eaton hit a slow roller to third base to bring home the tying run. Nate Jones struggled in his first appearance of the season, as he failed to retire any of the three batters he faced and wiped out a one-run lead in the seventh inning.

What it means: It's already an upside down season when the offense can overcome bullpen deficiencies. It wasn't out of the question to expect some struggles at times from the White Sox bullpen, but Jones figured to be one of the more dependable relievers. He has been known to have command issues on occasion and struggled to get things going early last season. Perhaps easing any concerns the White Sox might have over Jones was the impressive performance put in by Daniel Webb. The right-hander went a marathon 2 2/3 innings and didn't give up a run until his 48th and final pitch.

Outside the box: Among one of the worst fielding teams in baseball last season, the White Sox made their first miscue of the season Wednesday. What made it at least a little easier to take is that the error came from the third option at second base in Garcia. It did lead to an unearned run in the inning, though. Garcia is the third choice at second behind Gordon Beckham, out with an oblique injury, and Marcus Semien, who moved to third since Conor Gillaspie was out with the flu.

Off beat: The White Sox lost their first umpire review of the season. With a Twins runner on first base, Oswaldo Arcia lifted a fly ball to center. Eaton appeared to catch the ball and lose it on the transfer to his bare hand. MLB replay officials, though, said it wasn't a catch, putting runners on first and second. The White Sox got out of the jam when Webb struck out two batters and left fielder Alejandro De Aza threw out a runner at home after a single.

Macho men: If the title for toughest player goes to the person that withstands the cold best, give Eaton the title. Despite a first pitch Wednesday at 38 degrees, Eaton and Jose Abreu were the only two White Sox players not wearing long sleeves. But after the first inning, Abreu went back into the clubhouse and put on long black sleeves under his white jersey. Give the Cuba native credit for trying, but he couldn't match an Ohio native in Eaton when it came to braving the cold.

Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander Jose Quintana (9-7, 3.51 ERA in 2013) to the mound Thursday in the finale of the three-game series. The Twins will counter with right-hander Phil Hughes (4-14, 5.19) in the 1:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Chris Sale
WINS ERA SO IP
12 2.17 208 174
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Abreu .317
HRJ. Abreu 36
RBIJ. Abreu 107
RA. Ramirez 82
OPSJ. Abreu .964
ERAC. Sale 2.17
SOC. Sale 208