Fuld Saves Twins From Series Sweep


The Minnesota Twins came into Sunday’s afternoon matchup with the Chicago White Sox, staring at a potential sweep in their home ballpark.  With Yohan Pino on the mound for the Twins, Minnesota was looking to put a halt to a three game losing streak.

Minnesota was able to get on the board first in the bottom of the third inning.  After an Eduardo Escobar double to right, Danny Santana tripled for the Twins to drive in the game’s first run.  Pino was able to hold the White Sox at bay until the top of the sixth inning.

With Gordon Beckham on third base, White Sox All-Star, Alexei Ramirez hit a sacrifice fly to Oswaldo Arcia to knot the game up at one.  The White Sox weren’t done in the inning however, with Jose Abreu once causing damage to the Twins.  A double to let scored Eaton and gave the White Sox a 2-1 advantage.

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Pino was able to work out of the inning, but the sixth was where he would end his day.  Striking out six, and allowing two earned on four hits, made for a strong start for the Twins pitcher.

Down 2-1 still in the bottom of the seventh, Santana once again came through.  A sacrifice fly to center scored Josh Willingham from third tying the game at 2.  A strong throw by Eaton nearly had Willingham at the plate, but Adrian Nieto wasn’t able to make the play for the White Sox.

Sam Fuld then delivered a single to center that scored Chris Parmelee and Eric Fryer giving the Twins a two run advantage heading into the 8th inning.

In the top of the 8th, Nieto brought the White Sox back within one as he hit his first career Major League home run off the Twins, Casey Fien.  Following the solo shot, the White Sox were looking at only a 4-3 deficit heading into the bottom half of the 8th inning.

The Twins went down in order to end the 8th.

Glen Perkins entered with a one run lead in the 9th looking for his 25th save.  Perkins ran into some trouble for the Twins in the top of the ninth, putting runners on first and third with no outs.  After two strikeouts however, Perkins was able to get Beckham to fly out to Fuld to end the game and give the Twins a 4-3 victory.

Check out the box score for the full statistical breakdown.

Minnesota has Monday off before heading to Kansas City.