Twins 11, White Sox 4: Reynaldo López rocked

At one point tonight, back when the Twins had only scored four unanswered runs instead of 10, the White Sox appeared to have wasted a golden opportunity to retake control of the game.

The Sox were trailing 5-4 in the fourth when Jose Abreu came up to the plate after consecutive one-out singles by Charlie Tilson and Yoan Moncada put runners on the corners. He tried to take Jose Berríos’ first pitch the other way, but he smashed it right at C.J. Cron, who fired to second to start an inning-ending 3-4-3 double play that preserved Minnesota’s lead.

Alas, the way the rest of the evening unfolded, it really didn’t matter. The Twins hit their 99th, 100th and 101st homers against Reynaldo López over 3⅔ innings to show the Sox what they’ve been doing all year.

López walked into a bad matchup in his first game as an extreme flyball pitcher facing such a homer-happy team, and he didn’t help himself. His fastball command was once again subpar, and he got under both his changeup and breaking pitches, which effectively put the ball on a tee for Minnesota. More than half of the balls he allowed in play were hit over 100 mph, and I don’t really care to go back and describe which did what.

It’s more worthwhile to point out that the White Sox offense made Berríos look ordinary. Berríos entered the game 7-1 with a 2.12 ERA in nine career starts against the Sox and both numbers improved, but the Sox tagged him for four runs on nine hits over 6⅔ innings. It just so happened that three of those runs were unearned, as the Sox’ four-run second opened with Eloy Jiménez reaching on a Jorge Polanco throwing error.

Tim Anderson followed with a double that rattled off Marwin Gonzalez, and Yonder Alonso poked a grounder through the wide open left side to score two. One of those runs was unearned, and two more of those came across when Moncada and Abreu delivered RBI singles with two outs.

The White Sox led 4-1 at that point, and the less said about what happened afterward, the better. We’ll save the pertinent details for…

Bullet points:

*We talked about it with Lucas Giolito, but López might have the bigger problem with good opponents:

*Anderson went 3-for-3 with a double and two singles, one of which he pulled into left field on a fastball several inches off the inside corner. He was replaced late by Jose Rondón, who made a fantastic leaping drive on one of so many smoked liners.

*Speaking of smoked, Welington Castillo left the game in the eighth inning after taking two direct foul tips to the mask on consecutive pitches. He staggered back on the second one, and the Sox wasted no time removing him from the game and calling on James McCann to finish it out.

*Ryan Cordell had a game to forget, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and breaking the wrong way on a line drive that clanged out of his glove for the Sox’ lone error. The Sox only struck out seven times all game, putting Cordell’s at-bats in starker relief.

*Eloy Jiménez’s daily flail:

*Ryan Burr and Jace Fry allowed all three inherited runners to score between them despite both entering with two outs.

*Thyago Vieira spared the bullpen additional work by closing out the last two innings. For his reward, he was optioned to Charlotte, because the White Sox have to activate Manny Bañuelos from the injured list in order to throw him to the wolves.

Record: 23-27 | Box score | Highlights

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Jim Margalus

Writing about the White Sox for a 16th season, first here, then at South Side Sox, and now here again. Let’s talk curling.

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KenWo4LiFe

Can we dump Cordell or Rondón already. Bring back Palka.

5742mail

Would rather see Robert in center, Garcia at second. Palka dh if Alonso dfa.

Smclean09

I actually think Mendick may have earned a shot for a timeshare at 2nd

karkovice squad

This smacks of “I’m sick of the other guys. This guy isn’t those guys, give him a shot.”

Yolmer has an average or better glove. That’s more important at this point than any boost in offense Mendick could provide.

Smclean09

Except Mendick has been considered a plus glove. I’ve never been the “call up random guy performing in AAA” type, but I think Rondon’s had his run and we all know Yolmer is best suited for a bench role. He isnt a savior but could take on 60% of the time at 2nd and allow Yolmer to bat against tough righties while you see what he has.

karkovice squad

No, Mendick has been considered a playable glove at a bunch of positions which is why, with the bat, he grades as a utility player. For reference, Yolmer has a playable bat.

Smclean09

Fangraphs (I believe using Davenport) rated his glove as a serious asset at 2nd base. Minor league/defensive data can be iffy for sure but we know what Sanchez is. It’s a little crazy to brush off a guy that’s performing and old enough to not worry about his development if called up for Jose Rondons roster spot imo

soxfan

Not wishing a concussion on anyone, but I’d love to see Collins if Wellington needs 7-10 days to shake out the cobwebs. 

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