Friday, August 9, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Twins 3, White Sox 2
By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- The White Sox were swept in Friday's day/night doubleheader, losing 3-2 in the finale after falling 7-5 in the opener.
How it happened: Charlie Leesman was both erratic and effective in his major league debut, walking five, while holding the Twins to one run on four hits. Leesman, who pitched into the sixth inning, struck out eight. Alexei Ramirez and Blake Tekotte each hit home runs to give the White Sox a lead, but the Twins tied it in the eighth on Josh Willingham's home run off Matt Lindstrom and Oswaldo Arcia put the Twins ahead in the 10th on a home run against Dylan Axelrod.
What it means: The White Sox are excited about their pitching moving forward, and a lot of that uplifting feeling has to do with the pitching talent in the minor leagues. Andre Rienzo has already been impressive in two starts and now Leesman has shown what he is capable of doing. Even more promising is that Triple-A Charlotte right-hander Erik Johnson is probably ranked higher than Leesman in the system, but he didn't get the call Friday because he is just getting back from a groin injury.
Outside the box: After not hitting a home run since the second game of the season, Ramirez hit one in each game of the doubleheader. He became the first White Sox player to hit one in both games of a twinbill since Magglio Ordonez did the same in 1999.
Off beat: New White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia, called up earlier in the day, arrived in the dugout in the fifth inning. There were handshakes and hugs as he met his new teammates. The White Sox were hopeful Garcia might start in the second game of Friday's doubleheader, but his plane didn't land at O'Hare International Airport until 6 p.m. and traffic prevented him from arriving in time for the 7:10 p.m. start. Manager Robin Ventura said he plans on starting Garcia in the outfield Saturday. In two trips to the plate after entering late in the game as a pinch hitter, he struck out and was hit by a pitch.
Up next: The White Sox will send right-hander Andre Rienzo (0-0, 1.38 ERA) to the mound Saturday for his third career start and first one at home. The Twins will counter with right-hander Mike Pelfrey (4-9, 5.23) in the 3:05 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.