Twins 7, White Sox 2: Quiet night, at least on the field

At least Yermín Mercedes picked an inconsequential evening to disrupt with an Instagram post announcing his sudden retirement.

The Twins had two-out magic while every White Sox rally threat stalled with double plays, so the bomb he dropped turned out to be a worthy distraction from a game that wasn’t compelling television.

The White Sox said they’re aware of Mercedes’ post, which came after he was lifted in the sixth inning of Charlotte’s game in Durham, but they haven’t received any direct word for him or his representation. Tony La Russa said after the game that he’ll try to reach out to Mercedes with an encouraging word. There are a lot of ways this story can go, so trying to guess the most likely path this takes might only lead to regret, at least as an editorial outlet.

As for the game at hand, Dylan Cease gave up three straight two-out hits, including a two-run single by Josh Donaldson, in the fifth inning to turn a 1-1 game into a 3-1 game, and Codi Heuer gave up a three-run homer to Jorge Polanco with two outs to put the game out of reach. The Sox had various chances to take command/get back into it, but four different White Sox hit into double plays, bringing a literal twist to the term “Twin killings.”

Bullet points:

*Andrew Vaughn made a diving catch that might’ve been unnecessary, but was also controlled enough to look like a considered best option.

*Yoán Moncada hit another wall-banging double, this one at 109.2 mph, so continue to feel optimistic about where he’s heading.

*The Twins are the only sub-.500 team to beat Cease this year, and they’ve done it twice. It didn’t help that Zack Collins caught a smaller strike zone for him than Ryan Jeffers for Michael Pineda, even if it wasn’t the leading factor of his early inefficiency.

Record: 58-38 | Box score | Statcast

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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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jorgefabregas

Yermin possibly retiring is bad vibes

dwjm3

In what sense? Bad for the organization or poor character by him?

He seems like an irrelevance to me.

Greg Nix

Irrelevance? Weird way to think of a guy who carried the team for a month this very season. I mean, I know we’re all high on Gavin Sheets dust but come on…

Last edited 1 year ago by Greg Nix
Qubort

He appears to have zero trade value nor a path back to the big leagues. Doesn’t sound very relevant to the major league club currently.

dwjm3

Yup the league figured him out and he turned pieces. He couldn’t cover a major league fastball. Furthermore, he wouldn’t have a place to play with Eloy back.

I don’t see how what he did in April is relevant to now.

Last edited 1 year ago by dwjm3
joewho112

Geez, remind me not to have you speak at my funeral

dwjm3

You want to glorify a guy for one month of production? Adam Eaton had a nice April as well. Baseball is a cold business you don’t perform you get launched.

Last edited 1 year ago by dwjm3
Greg Nix

There is a pretty wide middle ground between glorification and irrelevance. Like, for example, appreciating the very important contributions he made to the team, sympathizing with whatever emotional state led him to this point, and hoping he can recover to become a productive ML player again.

joewho112

We are here to mourn Joe but life has figured him out and turned him to ashes. He hasn’t been able to take a breathe in almost a week.

I don’t see how what he did during his life is relevant now.

Jason.Wade17

Yermin was fun for a few weeks, but carried the team for a month?

He was literally replacement level during his time with the White Sox. The starting rotation carried this team. Relax. It’s a 28 year old 4A player retiring. I don’t quite understand the drama of this whole story.

Last edited 1 year ago by Jason.Wade17
ParisSox

In other news, Jim, you need a man in Winston-Salem. Luis Robert was pinch run for after going 1 for 3. Could’t find any news. Hope it’s just precautionary.