Game 88: Chicago White Sox
The Twins lost again today 6-3, and with the loss were unable to pick up a series win after getting off to a fast start on Friday. Carlos Silva got shelled in the third inning, and settled down a little bit after that, but the damage was already done. The Twins offense managed three runs, but never lead in the game. With the loss, the Twins will go into the break with a record of 45-43, and seven and a half games back in the division.
Carlos Silva has really struggled as of late, mainly with giving up one big inning. That was again the case today, as Silva allowed the White Sox to put up a five spot in the third inning. Silva's final line was 5 innings, 10 hits, 6 runs and 1 strikeout. With the loss, Silva is now 6-10 on the season, and now has a 4.58 ERA on the season.
The bullpen was forced to pick up the final three innings, and they used three pitchers to do the job. Juan Rincon pitched first and went 1.2 innings allowing just one hit. Pat Neshek was in next, and came in just to get the final out of the seventh. The eighth inning went to Reyes, and he pitched a solid one-two-three inning of work.
The offense lit it up on Friday, was almost shutout on Saturday and today scored just three runs. The Twins had a total of eight hits on the day, and all were singles but two. Justin Morneau continued his hot streak as he went 2-3 with another homerun (24) and two more RBI (74). Nick Punto was the other key player as he finished the series with a 2-3 day as well.
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