American League Game Summary - Minnesota at Chicago|
(Tuesday, May 22nd)
Final Score: Minnesota 9, Chicago 2
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - P.J. Walters turned in a season-best
performance for any Twins starting pitcher and the bats more than did the
rest, as Minnesota routed Chicago, 9-2, to kick off a three-game set at U.S.
Walters (2-1) pitched from the first out to the last, giving up two runs on
five hits with eight strikeouts and two walks for the Twins, who have won five
of six overall. Walters not only pitched a complete game, but he became the
first Twins starter to record an out in the eighth inning this season.
"We gave him a nice lead and he did what a pitcher is supposed to do with it,
ran with it," said Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire.
Justin Morneau hit a three-run home run, while Josh Willingham and Alexi
Casilla each drove in a pair of runs in the win.
Gavin Floyd (3-5) gave up all nine runs on eight hits with four strikeouts and
three walks over 3 2/3 frames. The right-hander dropped his eighth consecutive
start against the Twins, becoming the first White Sox pitcher to drop that
many consecutive starts against one opponent since Tommy Thomas fell to the
New York Yankees from 1926-1928.
Gordon Beckham hit a solo home run in the first and Paul Konerko drove in a
run in the ninth for the White Sox, who saw their four-game winning streak
come to an end.
"We did the best we could. It just wasn't there tonight," said Konerko.
The White Sox got on the scoreboard first with Beckham's home run into the
seats in the left-center field power alley.
The lead was fleeting, as the Twins' sluggish offense jumped on Floyd for
four runs in the second and another five in the fourth, chasing the White Sox
starter. Morneau walked to start the second and advanced to third on Ryan
Doumit's double to right. Both runners came around to score when Casilla
chopped a grounder down the first-base line that hit off Konerko's glove and
ricocheted into no-man's land in right field for a double. Jamey Carroll's
subsequent single scored Casilla, and the savvy baserunner moved to second on
the throw. Carroll ended up on third thanks to a wild pitch and scored the
inning's fourth run on Denard Span's base hit.
Minnesota again played the extra-base game in the fourth. Carroll was hit by a
pitch with one out and went to third on Span's double into right-center field.
After a groundout, Floyd intentionally walked Joe Mauer to load the bases for
Willingham singled home two runners and Morneau followed with a three-run
homer to right center for a 9-1 game.
Chicago scored its second run on Konerko's RBI groundout in the ninth.
Walters and Scott Diamond are 5-1 this season, while the rest of the Twins
starting staff is 5-21...Beckham has five home runs on the season, while
Morneau has six for the Twins...Span finished 2-for-5 with his fifth stolen
base of the season...Floyd has given up 16 earned runs over his last 9 2/3
frames...Walters threw just 88 pitches into the eighth frame, the same number
Floyd threw in 3 2/3 innings...The White Sox placed third baseman Brent Morel
(back strain) on the 15-day disabled list.
05/23 01:04:13 ET