July 25, 2021

Twins 7, White Sox 2: Well that was weird (Twinkie Town)


In an alternate reality, this victory would have been par for the course.

The Minnesota Twins enjoyed a competent start from a starting pitcher, followed by four innings of competent relief. Along the way, the Twins’ offense put together a couple of decent innings en route to seven total runs. Ultimately, the squad cruised to a relatively easy victory.

Of course, this was the exception, and clearly not the rule in 2021.

But the Twins jumped out to a 1-0 lead after Max Kepler banged a home run off the right-field foul pole in the top of the third. The White Sox tied the score in the bottom of the inning with a Tim Anderson double, steal of third, and an Adam Engel groundout. It could have been worse, but Twins starter Michael Pineda was able to induce an inning-ending double-play.

The Twins regained the lead after a Jorge Polcano single, a Nelson Cruz ground-rule double, and a Josh Donaldson rocket up the middle with two outs in the top of the fifth that plated two runs.

Pineda made it through five innings on just 73 pitches in his first performance in three weeks. He gave up only four hits while striking out three batters and allowing one walk.

The Twins scored three runs…

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