The Minnesota Twins lost a three-game series to the Chicago White Sox Monday through Wednesday at US Cellular Field.
The Twins (57-79) won the third game and the White Sox (68-66) won the first and second games.
The Good: Tuesday and Wednesday’s offense. The Twins haven’t scored at least six runs in back-to-back games since July 25-27 in Arlington, Texas. That time it did it in three straight. During this two game stretch, Jason Kubel hit a pair of home runs (a three-run Tuesday and a two-run Wednesday), Joe Mauer had four hits with three RBIs and three runs scored.
The Bad: Another series loss. The Twins may not have been in realistic playoff contention for awhile, but it has now lost four straight series (three at home) and 11 of the last 15 (which includes two four game splits) since the All-Star break. The Twins have won just two series since the second week of July. The two series wins were a four-gamer at home against the Kansas City Royals and a three-gamer on the road at the Detroit Tigers.
The Ugly: Tuesday’s pitching and defense. The Twins had a pair of three-run leads it could not hold Tuesday. To make matters worse, those leads did not even last an inning. Twins starter Anthony Swarzak got the first three-run on Kubel’s home run, but beaned a batter, gave up a single and home run to tie it while getting just one out. He got out of it and the Twins offense gave him a 6-3 lead the next half inning. After a strike out to open the bottom of the fifth inning, a single, double, single, bean ball left the bases loaded and the White Sox down two runs. The next hitter sent a ground ball to Michael Cuddyer, who inexplicably threw the ball into left field to tie the game at six and forced a pitching change from Swarzak to Alex Burnett. Burnett then walked a batter to load the bases, got a strike out, beaned a batter to force home a run. Another pitching change and the inning ended with a single that scored a run before the second base runner was thrown out at home. The rest of the bullpen kept the Twins down by two the rest of the way, but the offense could not get it back.
Twins 000 000 000 – 0 4 0
White Sox 010 000 11x – 3 8 1
W – Mark Buehrle (11-6). L – Kevin Slowey (0-3). S – Sergio Santos (27)
Twins 000 330 000 – 6 7 2
White Sox 000 350 00x – 8 10 1
HR – Twins – Jason Kubel (11). White Sox – Alejandro De Aza (3).
W – Will Ohman (1-3). L – Anthony Swarzak (3-5). S – Sergio Santos (28)
Twins 600 000 100 – 7 9 0
White Sox 002 001 012 – 6 9 0
HR – Twins – Jason Kubel (12), Luke Hughes (7), Jason Repko (2). White Sox – Brent Lillibridge (13).
W – Scott Diamond (1-2). L – Jake Peavy (6-7). S – Joe Nathan (12).