MINNEAPOLIS -- Just blocks from Target Field there is a recreation league baseball field that stands behind a sculpture garden that would be yet another location for the Twins to find players they could use to beat the White Sox.
Heck, a couple of warm bodies visiting the sculpture garden could do the trick.
Nothing against the talents of guys like Ben Revere, Luke Hughes, Brian Dinkleman, Matt Tolbert and Drew Butera but those were the players the Twins used Wednesday night to pin another defeat on the White Sox.
It hardly mattered that guys like Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Jim Thome, Jason Kubel and Denard Span were watching from the wings covered in air casts, ace bandages, gauze, ice packs and band aids. Those five are just a partial list of players the Twins have on the disabled list.
The White Sox’s latest defeat in Minnesota, this one by a 4-1 score, was simply more of the same. The Twins now have a six-game winning streak against the White Sox and have won nine of their last 10 against them. Since May 2009, the Twins have won 27 of the last 34 played between the teams.
“That’s the way they play; that’s the way they play since a long time ago, since I was playing,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “They know how to create runs, they play good defense, they make the pitch when they have to make the pitch. They take opportunities. They had a couple runs with two outs, opposite of what we did. We got men on third base twice with less than two out and don’t bring the guy in. That’s the way they play for a long time.”
All it took was one inning of offense and the pitching of Carl Pavano to subdue the White Sox on Wednesday. In scoring three runs off Gavin Floyd in the third inning, the Twins hit two doubles, a walk, two singles (one of which was a bunt) and had a double steal.
It was Twins manager Ron Gardenhire pulling a Mariano Rivera: Even though you know what’s coming you won’t be able to do anything about it.
The White Sox, meanwhile were up to their old tricks like the leadoff double from Adam Dunn in the third inning only to leave him stranded at third base. They hit into four double plays. And the Twins stole five bases. Minnesota added an insurance run in the eighth inning.
“They felt pretty comfortable up there it seemed like,” Floyd said. “You just have to make adjustments during the game and I’m thankful to get that late in the game and still keep us in the game. That one run in the eighth inning I think really hurt us. I could have made a better pitch, I think.”
Over the years the White Sox could have done a lot of things different, but it hasn’t happened. And it’s only getting worse as the Twins have thrown in a no-hitter this season for good measure.
The Twins might be in last place, but they don’t look like it against the White Sox.
“I never count those guys out,” Guillen said. “Those guys, for some reason, in the second half they come on fire. Those guys know how to play the game. They don’t make many mistakes. Even when there are a lot of kids out there, they don’t make many mistakes.
“I hear [Tigers manager] Jim Leyland say that a few weeks ago about them. I have the same opinion Jim Leyland has. You never know what those guys are going to do. They come out after you, no matter what. They know how to play. That’s the reason they’re in the pennant race every year.”