It can be said that the Twins played well on Tuesday night, save the fifth inning. Unfortunately, the fifth inning was so ugly for the home team, it is all the White Sox needed to come away with a win in their first appearance at Target Field.
After a briskly played first four innings (a welcome development given the temperature), the fifth never seemed to end. Slowey almost made it out of the inning with no damage done following the lead off single, stolen base, and error that put Alex Rios at third with no outs. After a pair of strikeouts, Slowey had to just get the number nine hitter, Alexis Ramirez, to end the threat. Instead, he fell behind 3-and-0 in the count and allowed a drive to center field on a 3-and-1 pitch. Things just spiraled downward from there.
The worst part of the game was the fifth inning. The best was that it was my youngest’s first game. He didn’t see much of it, but did take a long look at the guys in the row behind us when they booed A.J. Pierzysnki. I did my best to convince him that most games won’t be as cold.
WPA Stars of the Game
1. Freddy Garcia
2. Alexis Ramirez
3. A.J. Pierzynski
AL Central Standings (through Tuesday)
1. Min 21-12, 166-121, –
2. Det 18-14, 154-150, 2.5
3. Chi 14-19, 141-162, 7.0
4. Cle 12-18, 114-146, 7.5
5. KC 11-22, 134-182, 10.0
It was announced prior to the game that J.J. Hardy was put on the 15-day disabled list. While it might seem at face value that there are other players who would be missed more, Hardy’s absence leaves a huge hole in the field and the lineup.
The short series with the White Sox concludes this afternoon at Target Field; Carl Pavano vs. John Danks.