Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Rapid Reaction: White Sox 3, Twins 2
By Ben Goessling, Special to ESPNChicago.com
MINNEAPOLIS -- Here is a quick look at the Chicago White Sox’s 3-2 win over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday afternoon.
How it happened: In the third game of the series decided by one run, the White Sox did most of their damage with small ball against Twins left-hander Scott Diamond. They scored in the first inning on Adam Dunn's sacrifice fly and got another run in the fifth when Tyler Flowers beat out a would-be double play. They scored their final run in the eighth after Flowers singled, took second on a wild pitch, advanced to third on an Orlando Hudson groundout and scored when Alejandro De Aza smashed a comebacker off Diamond's leg and the pitcher couldn't throw home in time for Joe Mauer to tag Flowers. That was all Jake Peavy needed for his second win over the Twins in a week.
What it means: The White Sox made two more errors on Wednesday, including one that led to a Twins run in the first inning, but they head home with a series victory despite some uncharacteristically sloppy play in the field. Their AL Central lead is at three games over the Tigers, and could go to 3 1/2 if Detroit loses to Boston on Wednesday night.
Outside the box: Peavy's 114 pitches were his fewest since he threw 109 on June 30. The right-hander has thrown fewer than 100 pitches in just three starts this season.
Up next: Phillip Humber (5-5) pitches for the White Sox as they return home to face the Angels on Friday night. Zack Greinke (0-1) makes his second start for Los Angeles.