Giving prospects a look, Twins swept by White Sox
Well aware that his team won’t be playing in October, Twins
manager Ron Gardenhire is at least thankful for the opportunity to
check out some of his young prospects in September.
On Sunday the Chicago White Sox completed a sweep of their
three-game series with the Twins, as Jake Peavy baffled Minnesota
again, Dayan Viciedo and Adam Dunn homered in a 9-2 win.
Gardenhire took some solace in getting a closer look at
prospects like catcher Chris Herrmann, who made his major league
debut, and shortstop Pedro Florimon, who got a hit in three trips
to the plate.
”It was nice getting Herrmann in a game today behind the
plate,” Gardenhire said. ”You’ve got to see these things. I’ve
got to know what they can do and whether they can handle this
One situation they couldn’t handle was a sixth inning, when the
White Sox scored six runs to blow open a one-run game, and stay
ahead of Detroit in the AL Central. Scott Diamond (11-8) took the
brunt of the inning, and the loss.
”Scotty was hanging in there, then one bad pitch to Viciedo,”
Gardenhire said. ”We’ve got the infield in and you’ve got to keep
the ball down. He got a fastball out and over the plate. He crushed
that one, kind of knocked (Diamond) out, and it kind of got ugly
after that. We couldn’t do anything.”
Joe Mauer homered in his return after missing five games with
back spasms, but the Twins lost to Chicago for the 13th time in 16
After Alexi Casilla’s double in the fifth made it 3-2, Dunn and
Viciedo went deep off Scott Diamond (11-8) in the sixth to squash
the Twins’ comeback attempt.
Dunn opened the inning with a towering solo shot that traveled
415 feet before finally falling into the first row of the upper
deck in right field and bouncing back on the field.
Viciedo drove his 21st home run – and Chicago’s 192nd as a team
– into the upper deck in left after Alex Rios tripled.
”I think the big thing today was just sticking to one plan a
little too much and they made the adjustment before I did,”
Diamond said. ”I think that was the cause of the sixth
Chicago batted around and added three more unearned runs in the
sixth, capped by Dunn’s RBI single. Peavy allowed two runs and
struck out six in six innings. The right-hander is 4-0 with a 1.73
ERA against the Twins since the All-Star break and 0-6 in eight
starts against everyone else over that time.
”We came here knowing we had to play well and we did,” Peavy
said. ”Minnesota is not having their best year, but they’re still
a scrappy team. Having eight lefties in there, of course Mauer’s
going to get healthy and jump in there against me.”
After Mauer homered in the first, Peavy retired the next eight
Twins hitters before Mauer doubled in the fourth. Justin Morneau
walked, but Peavy struck out Ryan Doumit and Chris Parmelee to end
the threat and keep Chicago in front.
Diamond has just one win in his last seven starts after getting
off to a hot start. After allowing a career-worst 10 hits in his
last outing, Diamond surrendered six runs on seven hits in 5 1-3
innings on Sunday.
”I’m still trying to go as deep into games as I can, but as of
right now I still haven’t been able to get to that seventh inning,
which is my goal,” he said. ”But I’m going to keep
NOTES: Jose Quintana (6-4, 3.52) will start for the White Sox
against the Tigers on Monday. The rookie beat Detroit on Sept. 10,
allowing one run and striking out seven in seven innings. Quintana
had allowed 12 runs in his previous two starts and will be pitching
on an extra two days of rest. ”It actually does feel good about
this time of season to get a couple extra days,” he said. ”It
gives your arm a little extra strength so I’ll feel good for
tomorrow.” … Twins slugger Josh Willingham was given the day off
and Ben Revere played left field. … Youkilis’ double to center in
the third just missed clearing the wall. Youkilis needs one more
home run to become the sixth White Sox player with at least 20 this
season. … Out since Wednesday with an oblique strain, Doumit
caught for the Twins and went 0 for 3.