Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Rapid Reaction: White Sox 4, Twins 3
By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- The White Sox defeated the Minnesota Twins 4-3 on Tuesday, for the fifth consecutive victory over their division rivals.
How it happened:Jose Quintana gave up just one run over six innings and the bullpen held on for the victory. The outing helped Quintana drop his ERA under 3.50 for the first time since he beat the Boston Red Sox on May 21. The White Sox won despite committing two errors in the infield. (It was originally three, but a late scoring change took a fielding error away from Paul Konerko.) Dayan Viciedo had RBI singles in consecutive innings to pace the offense.
What it means: The White Sox continue to show that against non-contenders they have plenty of energy to compete. The two victories mean the White Sox have already won the series against the Twins with one more game to play Wednesday. The last time they won a series was Aug. 26-28, when they got the best of the Houston Astros, another non-contender. Following that series, the White Sox lost consecutive series to the Red Sox, New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians.
Outside the box: On the occasion of his 23rd birthday Tuesday, Marcus Semien not only got the start at third base, he drove in the White Sox’s first run with a second-inning single while batting in the No. 9 hole. Since being called up in early September when rosters expanded, Semien has been impressive. He entered Tuesday’s game 7-for-17 (.438) in his previous five contests.
Offbeat: There actually was some defense on display Tuesday, first in the fifth inning when White Sox right fielder Jordan Danks was completely extended on a diving catch to rob Trevor Plouffe of a hit. In the sixth inning, Twins pitcher Josh Roenicke took his best shot at a highlight-reel play when he fielded Semien’s comebacker between his legs and threw to first base for the out.
Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander John Danks (4-13, 4.73 ERA) to the mound Wednesday in the finale of the three-game series -- the last contest in their 10-game homestand. The Twins will counter with left-hander Scott Diamond (5-11, 5.71) in the 1:10 p.m. CT start from U.S. Cellular Field.