White Sox 5, Twins 2: Big sixth ensures split

Tim Anderson's big night makes a winner of Hector Santiago

If this was Hector Santiago’s last start for a while, he’ll step back as a winner.

He and numerous other members of the White Sox redeemed themselves over the course of the evening to ensure a split in Minnesota. Their 20th win of the season also avoids a share of the worst 60-game start in franchise history.

Santiago needed 58 pitches to get through two innings, yet ultimately lasted five. It looked like it might be cut short in the second when the inning started with a single and two doubles, yet he somehow only resulted in one run. He gave up another frustrating run in the fourth, giving back the run the Sox scored for him in the top of the inning after a pair of two-out hits.

Yet he exited a winner because the Sox struck for four runs in the sixth, with Tim Anderson making up for his own mistake earlier in the game.

Anderson had tied the game in the fourth with a two-out single, but he was thrown out by plenty trying to stretch the single into a double. Instead of runners on the corners and two outs, Jake Odorizzi was able to escape.

He came to the plate with the bases loaded in the sixth after three of the first four Sox singled. He didn’t need to drive in the tying run, because #WILDPITCHOFFENSE took care of that. However, he did put the Sox ahead with a two-run single, and this time he smartly took second on a bad throw in.

Anderson wasn’t done running. He stole third, then scored when the White Sox successfully executed a suicide squeeze. Adam Engel’s bunt was almost good enough for an RBI single, but it still made it a three-run lead despite being called out on the review.

The bullpen made it hold up. Bruce Rondon and Jace Fry wobbled in the seventh, but stranded a couple of walks. Nate Jones — another redemption story — pitched a 1-2-3 eighth with a pair of strikeouts, and Joakim Soria shrugged off a two-out infield single for the save.

Bullet points:

*The Sox were 2-for-2 stealing bases, while Kevan Smith didn’t have a steal attempt against him.

*Yoan Moncada had a rough game, going 0-for-5 with four strikeouts, but three of the strikeouts were looking, and CB Bucknor’s zone was the worst the Sox have seen this season.

*Engel had another good game, dropping down the bunt, drawing a walk and robbing Eduardo Escobar of yet another double with a running catch in the gap.

*Yolmer Sanchez extended his hitting streak to 10 games.

*Aaron Bummer was optioned to Charlotte after the game to make a spot on the 25-man roster. Alfredo Gonzalez was outrighted to Charlotte earlier in the day to open a spot on the 40-man roster. Carlos Rodon is coming back.

Record: 20-39 | Box score

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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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Joliet Orange Sox

Let’s hope Rodon can stay healthy and give the Sox a true top-of-the-rotation starter.

Reindeer Games

you mean a second true top-of-the-rotation starter after Dylan Covey, right?

itaita

Squeeze-success (1)

They were due i suppose.

Trooper Galactus

Before the season started, I had posited that if Engel could manage even a certain level of bad (in the neighborhood of a .620-.650 OPS), his glove could make him an average value player. After that horrid start, he’s gotten hot and brought his offense up to where I’d hoped he could get it to. Problem is, his glove is not only not flashing elite any longer, most seem to rate him as a net negative. I don’t know if this is a sample size illusion or his weak arm being exposed finally, but the regression of his defense has been truly disappointing.

Greg Nix

His glove has been better lately, too. 

As Cirensica

We are no longer in last place!

Lurker Laura

Glad they ensured the split last night, as our chances against Berrios today are probably slim.

AirTrafficAJ

Berrios is due for a stinker.  Hopefully today is that day.

lil jimmy

“Carlos Rodon is coming back.”

Talk about burying the Lede.

gibby32

Nate Jones as redemption story: he relied on Sano swinging at a slider 4-6 inches outside and C. B. Bucknor. Despite going 1-2-3, that inning could have played out very differently.

sgp2204

That’s what everybody relies on going up against Sano, and there’s a reason for it… That’s good, smart pitching (finally). He threw a perfect inning with 2 K’s; he deserves a little credit.

joewho112

Is Rodon starting today? If not, why not wait and carry an extra reliever until his turn comes up?

Anohito

Good for confirming that ridiculous zone last night. Moncada must have been frazzled at it, he did not deserve that golden sombrero.

sgp2204

Yeah, he doesn’t show his frustration very often. When he says something to the ump, you know it’s pretty serious.