White Sox 6, Twins 4: Boss Detwiler

After getting their clocks cleaned at Target Field the first time they met, the White Sox proved tonight that they can beat the Twins.

Hell, they can even do it with Ross Detwiler against Jose Berríos. He survived a Miguel Sanó homer early, and his bid for his first win since 2016 survived a Miguel Sanó homer late. The White Sox ended a seven-game losing streak to Minnesota in the process.

All of this was possible because Berríos was a little more hittable than usual. Perhaps the blister he suffered the start before took some of the bite off his stuff, but the White Sox were able to put him in play, and occasionally with oomph. They never trailed because Leury García reached on an error and James McCann smoked Berríos out of the park to center for a 2-0 first-inning lead.

They regained the lead for good in the fifth thanks to the White Sox’ lions’ den of line-driving lefties. Charlie Tilson led off with a single, Leury Garcia slashed one to left two batters later, followed by Jon Jay hooking a changeup into right field for a 3-2 lead. Up came Jose Abreu, who found the hole through the left side for fourth run.

The Twins, coming off an 18-inning game Thursday, tried to get a complete game out of Berríos, but Eloy Jiménez dashed those plans by hammering a high fastball into the batter’s eye for a two-run shot and a 6-2 lead.

The White Sox used those insurance runs because Kelvin Herrera is entering his third month of looking off, but let’s talk about Rick Renteria’s bullpen management first.

Renteria had a good night, and a telling one. He quit while he was ahead with Detwiler, going to the bullpen after five innings and 73 pitches because Detwiler was working on short rest. Evan Marshall made easy work of the sixth to get a quarter of the way home.

The rest of the game posed challenges. Jace Fry started the seventh with a strikeout, but he walked his second and final batter. In came Juan Minaya, who walked the only batter he faced. Renteria then went to Aaron Bummer, who walked the first batter he faced. With the bases loaded via three walks by three different pitchers, Renteria stuck with Bummer, and Bummer rewarded the first show of confidence with a 5-4-3 double play. Credit Jose Rondón with a slick stab to start it, along with a fine scoop by Abreu.

Bummer then came out for the eighth inning, and his command wasn’t much sharper. He gave up a leadoff single, followed by a bounceout to third and a squeezy walk to put two on with one out. The right-handed Jonathan Schoop came to the plate, so it would’ve normally been the situation for a reliever like Kelvin Herrera, who was plenty warm.

Renteria looked like he thought about visiting the mound, but instead stayed put and let Bummer navigate the bottom of the order. It worked. Bummer got Schoop to line out, then froze the left-handed Jason Castro with a cutter on the inside corner with his season-high 30th pitch of the game to end the inning.

When Jiménez pushed the game out of save situation territory, Renteria then went to Herrera with a clean inning. Herrera lasted two batters, giving up a smoked single and an opposite-field blast to Sanó, which erased the extra cushion. In came Colomé like Jiménez’s blast never happened, and he retired the side in order to start a new save streak. If Renteria had doubts about Herrera before he saw tonight’s work, I wonder what he thinks of his former setup man now.

At any rate, the non-Herrera relievers allowed Detwiler’s night to hold up. He scattered six hits over five innings, and he erased the only free base he gave up by picking off LaMonte Wade after plunking him. He had good control of his breaking ball and his left-handed delivery kept runners in place, so he earned a second start. Odrisamer Despaigne threw a quality start in his White Sox debut, so the second outing is going to be more telling. For at least one night, Detwiler served a purpose.

Bullet points:

*Yolmer Sánchez had a tremendous night defensively, starting a 4-6-3 double play with a glove flip, making a sliding stab to his left, turning that 5-4-3 double play that saved Bummer’s bum, and also flagged down a pop-up in behind first base. Not bad for a guy who’s still battling the aftermaths of a virus.

*Daniel Palka went 0-for-4 with three groundouts and a strikeout in his return to the lineup.

Record: 38-41 | 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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ParisSox

Tilson and Palka.  They appear here and in the Charlotte box score.  I’m freaking out. 

HallofFrank

Perhaps just as freaky, Trey Michalczewski (yes, that Trey Michalczewski) hit a home run in AAA. He’s knocking on the door!

HallofFrank

Who, I’ve just learned, is only 24 despite appearing on White Sox top prospect lists in the late 90s. 

lil jimmy

and with Timmy out, Yoan hurt, Rondon showing nothing, and Yolmer as a glove only player, Trey will be considered this year.

Willardmarshall

Your wrap-ups are always laden with almost-game-changing moments but especially so today….

Neat_on_the_rocks

This was definitely a good day for Renteria. He managed that game aggresively to win. I am a known detractor of Renteria – but for the most part he has shown this seasy that *once he puts his bullpen in* he manages it as best he can. His main problem on the pitching side moving forwards seems to be on deciding when to remove the starter.

I wonder who the 4th guy out of the pen is going to be moving forwards after the big 3. It looks like its probably Juan Minaya.

At what point do the Sox try to send Herrera down to AAA to work on some things? Hes getting completely shelled over and over despite his velocity being there. Something is off and it seems like he needs a few weeks where he doesn’t worry about the results at all and just tries to sort whats wrong

Neat_on_the_rocks

I’m always so confused with who can and cannot be sent down, I know its usually (only?) For guys on their rookie deals with options remaining, but I feel like it happens with vets a fair amount.

Question, if the Sox try to send Herrera down and he were to say no, what would happen? Is it basically a DFA or he stays on the 25 man situation? I dont think we’re close to DFAing Herrera with next year being on the books.

vince

Perhaps we should bring up a new starter from AAA each week, have them pitch one game, and send them back down. The league will never see it coming!

Lurker Laura

Well, the Sox are always terrible against guys who have just been brought up, so using that idea the other way may just do something!

knoxfire30

If Herrera wasn’t under contract next year he would be DFA’d but since Hahn remains absolutely horrific with his free agency signings the sox are gonna have to make due for at least the rest of this year and likely half of next season with him just serving up meat.

5742mail

Palka started the season 1 for 32, now he’s 1 for 36. How long do you stick with him. And they say Robert has to work on pitch selection. Bring Robert up, let Tilson, Palka and Collins battle for the left handed battle and bring up Mercedes he can put the bat on the ball.