Two bad innings sunk Chris Sale and the White Sox on Paul Konerko Day.
Sale allowed four runs between the second and third innings and the White Sox came up just shy against Trevor May in a 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Saturday afternoon. Sale struck out 10 batters over eight innings but also surrendered a pair of solo home runs as the White Sox lost for the fourth time in five tries. May struck out nine batters over seven innings.
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Aside from the second and third, Sale looked extremely sharp. He faced the minimum in five of the first seven innings he pitched.
But Torii Hunter started the second inning with a solo shot to left field and Eduardo Nunez hit one to left-center to put the Twins ahead 2-0. An inning later, Minnesota capitalized on a Conor Gillaspie error to stretch the lead to 4-1. Brian Dozier doubled, Shane Robinson had an RBI ground out and Trevor Plouffe singled in a run to give the Twins a three-run lead.
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That was just enough for May, who needed only 80 pitches to complete seven innings. The White Sox got one run in the second when Adam LaRoche doubled and later scored on Alexei Ramirez’s RBI single. An inning later, they cut it to one run again when Adam Eaton tripled in a run and scored on Melky Cabrera’s RBI groundout.
Jose Abreu’s 17-game hitting streak ended as he went 0-for-4.
As the White Sox have added young Cuban stars in the making in Yoan Moncada and Luis Robert, Jose Abreu's long-term role on the team has shifted.
The 31-year-old first baseman has been looked at as something of a mentor for the two young Cubans. He seems to be delivering on that so far.
Abreu picked up Moncada from the airport when he first was called up to the White Sox last July. Now he's helping Robert in the batting cage.
The Cuban trio is expected to play a big part of the White Sox future in the coming years.
Robert has already stated his goal of making it to the majors this year to join Abreu and Moncada, but that may be an overly ambitious goal. Either way, plenty of eyes will be on him throughout 2018 as he marches towards the White Sox roster and his Cuban teammates.
On the latest White Sox Talk Podcast, Tim Anderson opens up about his struggles in 2017 and why he wants White Sox fans "to know the real me."
Anderson dives into his personal tragedy from last season when his best friend was murdered in Alabama.
He talks with Chuck Garfien about the dark days that happened, how counseling helped him, his new leadership role in 2018, if he'll draw more walks this season, "bringing swag to the South Side" with Yoan Moncada and much more.
Listen to the full White Sox Talk Podcast right here: