Twins Sweep Chicago

Published: May 30, 2007 11:09 PM

The Twins completed their first sweep since April 17-19 on Wednesday afternoon at the dome as they defeated the White Sox in walk-off fashion. After the White Sox got to Scott Baker early is looked like a probable loss, but the Twins were able to claw back and tie the game by the sixth inning and the bullpen completely shut down the Sox bats.

Baker possibly gave the White Sox three runs in the second inning on his failure to cover first base on a ball Justin Morneau dove for and stopped down the first base line. All three runs scored with 2 outs, meaning that one out would have been crucial. In total, Baker allowed 10 hits and a walk while being charged with all 6 Chicago runs. In terms of innings, it was the shortest start of his 28 start career.

In the ninth inning a Paul Konerko throwing error combined with some pesky Twins base running created a bases-loaded situation with 1 out and Morneau at the plate. Ozzie Guillen went with lefty Boone Logan to face Morneau and Morneau fouled out on the first pitch he saw greatly reducing the Twins odds of winning the game. Fortunately Ozzie didn't have a righty ready in time in the bullpen and David Aardsma was rushed into the game to face Hunter. He through four straight balls to Torii Hunter to take Morneau and his poor at-bat off the hook and give the Twins the win.

The Twins came back from a 6-1 deficit, which creates a satisfying game graph if you're a Twins fan.

5/30/2007 game graph

Game Notes

  • The Twins bullpen allowed 0 hit in 6 innings of relief. They won this game by giving the offense a chance to get back into the game. Jason Miller pitched 1 2/3 innings, Matt Guerrier pitched 2 1/3, Pat Neshek pitched 1 inning and Joe Nathan got the win after pitching the ninth.
  • Also credit Carlos Silva, Johan Santana and Boof Bonser who came up with deep outings at a time when the bullpen needed rest. They gave Ron Gardenhire the opportunity to use his better relievers.
  • Nick Punto played second base and gave Luis Castillo's problematic legs a couple consecutive days of rest. He walked 3 times.
  • Torii Hunter drove in 3 RBIs to move ahead of Morneau for the team lead with 45.
  • Michael Cuddyer was 2 for 4 with a walk to push his average above .300 for the first time since April 27th.
  • White Sox pitchers walked 8 Twins in the game. They deserved to lose

Cleveland salvaged the final game of the series against Boston, so the Twins will remain 5.5 games behind them in the AL Central. Detroit lost though, so the Twins are now just 3 games out of the Wild Card. What a difference a week makes.

The Twins have won 4 in a row and 7 out of 8. This is actually their longest winning streak of the 2007 season.

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