Friday, July 25, 2014

Rare sweep for Twins

MINNEAPOLIS—The Minnesota bullpen helped bail out Phil Hughes after the Twins’ ace had uncharacteristic outing yesterday.
Joe Mauer had two hits and two RBIs as the Twins beat the White Sox 6-5 to complete their first four-game sweep against Chicago in 20 years.

Anthony Swarzak and Casey Fien combined for three shutout innings of relief while Jared Burton earned his first save since May 30, 2013 with a perfect ninth.
“Everybody was great except for me today,” said Hughes, who lasted just five innings but got the win.
He allowed eight hits and tied a season high by giving up five earned runs.
Hughes (8-3), who went at least six innings in his 11 previous outings, allowed his first walk in 107 batters during the White Sox’s five-run third inning.
“I just struggled with command, my off-speed stuff wasn’t great,” Hughes admitted.
“Our bullpen stepped up big today, offence fought back a couple times,” he noted.
“That’s huge.”
Gordon Beckham and Jose Abreu had two RBIs apiece for the White Sox, who now have lost eight-straight games against AL Central rivals.
“Anytime you sit there and pity yourself, you’re going to get buried,” warned manager Robin Ventura.
“Nobody cares.
“You have to be able to pick yourself up off the mat and compete, and then it works out,” he reasoned.
After Chicago scored five times in the third for a 5-3 lead, Brian Dozier and Mauer had RBI singles and Josh Willingham added a sacrifice fly in the fourth to put the Twins ahead for good.
The Twins last swept Chicago in a four-game series June 9-12, 1994.

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