The White Sox won Game 3 of their 3-game series against the Minnesota Twins last night 11-8 and take the series (2-1) against the divisional rivals. The Sox offense came alive as they racked up a season-high 11 runs as well as a season-high 5 home runs. The Sox blew two early leads before the 5th inning due to a shaky pitching performance by Philip Humber. But the bullpen and the Sox bats came to the rescue as they tallied a whoping 6 runs in the 6th. The Sox will need to keep the offense rolling with the first place Indians coming to town tonight.
What You Need To Know:
- The White Sox are over .500 (winning percentage – meaning they are winning more games than they are losing) for the first time since May 1st! After a tough start to May (losing 7 of their first 8), the southsiders recovered winning 6 of their last 7 games.
The Sox had the fireworks display on overdrive tonight as AJ Pierzynski, Alex Rios, Paul Konerko, Dayan Viciedo and Alejandro De Aza connected for home runs. (De Aza’s was his first career grand slam)
- So much for home field advantage? The White Sox have not been successful at home this season with a record of 9-13. Having their next 12 out of 15 games at the ‘Cell’ they will have to reverse their luck and protect home turf!
- The White Sox put starting pitcher John Danks on the DL on Thursday with shoulder soreness. He isn’t expected to miss too many games and will be replaced by Jose Quintana.
Your Take Away Piece: “The Sox have been a team of streaks so far this season – hot and cold – it’s stressful to take! But games like last night show just how capable the Sox are when they are clicking offensively.”
What’s Next: The first place Cleveland Indians come to town for a Memorial Day weekend series. The Indians are fresh off a sweep of the Detroit Tigers and are looking to put more space between them and the Sox in the American League Central standings. The Sox currently are 3.5 games behind the Indians. In MLB standings – one win = 1/2 a game. So even if the Sox were to sweep the Indians (which is a long-shot) the Sox would still trail the Tribe by 2 games. The Sox will be putting newly appointed starter Jose Quintana against Jeanmar Gomez. Quintana will have his hands full in his first major league start.