How it happened: The White Sox fought back from a two-run deficit in the seventh inning only to surrender a two-run lead in the eighth. After scoring four runs in the seventh, Chicago allowed the Twins to score three times in the eighth inning and once more in the ninth to go ahead for good. White Sox reliever Ronald Belisario was responsible for the team’s demise, as he allowed two hits and three runs and hit a batter while getting just one out in the eighth inning.
The White Sox offense appeared as if it might bail out the team again. It got rolling in the seventh, and Chicago took a 6-4 lead after scoring four runs. Adam Eaton provided one of his three doubles on the night in the frame and drove in two runs. He was 4-for-5 in the loss and has reached safely in his past 19 games. Gordon Beckham and Alexei Ramirez also contributed RBIs in the seventh, and each finished with two RBIs.
White Sox right-hander Scott Carroll got off to a rough start, but he improved with time. He allowed the game’s first four batters to reach base and gave up two runs in the first inning. He bounced back and gave up just five hits and two runs over the next six innings. He was replaced by Belisario to start the eighth inning.
What it means: Saturday’s defeat will be a tough one for the White Sox to swallow. They were so close to pulling out a win. Aside from Belisario’s struggles, Alejandro De Aza could have prevented the late White Sox collapse by catching a hard-hit ball to left field in the eighth inning. De Aza was backpedalling, and the ball went off his glove. It was ruled a hit and allowed two runs to score. Eaton also attempted to stretch a single into a double in the bottom of the eighth and was thrown out. If he had remained on first, the White Sox would have had runners on first and third with two out while down one run.
The White Sox fell to three games under .500 with the loss. They haven’t been a game within .500 since June 12 and haven’t been at .500 since June 11.
Jose Abreu went 0-for-3 in the loss to snap his 21-game hitting streak. He was walked twice, including once intentionally.
Off-beat: White Sox manager Robin Ventura had no plans to watch the replay of the gruesome leg injury to NBA player Paul George. Ventura suffered a similar serious injury in the spring of 1997 when he broke and dislocated his right ankle.
“I haven’t seen it,” Ventura said before Saturday’s game. “I’m not going to watch it. I don’t need to watch any of that. You feel sorry for him. It’s a freak accident, but I don’t want to see it. I’ve had enough. [It hits close to home,] but I still don’t want to watch it. I don’t like watching car wrecks or anything else. It’s just not something I want to see.”
Up next: The White Sox will start left-hander Jose Quintana (6-7, 3.15 ERA) against the Twins and right-hander Kyle Gibson (9-8, 3.94 ERA) in the final game of the series, scheduled for 1:10 p.m. CT Sunday.