The Minnesota Twins broke into the win column behind a strong outing from starting pitcher, Tommy Milone. The Twins beat the Chicago White Sox, 6-0 behind Milone’s strong outing and an improved offense.
Following back-to-back games in which their starting pitchers failed to reach the fourth inning, the Twins were in desperate need of a quality start. Milone delivered in a big way.
Milone picked up his first win in a Twins uniform pitching 7.2 scoreless innings. Milone had five, 1-2-3 innings and at one point retired 16 straight Sox hitters. Milone gave up two hits and recorded seven strikeouts.
It looked like it was going to be another short outing for a Twins pitcher in the first inning. Milone walked two batters and was struggling to locate his pitches. Milone proved that it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. Milone is the first lefty starting pitcher to pick up a win for the Twins since 2013.
Milone was backed by an offense that showed signs of life after being a no show in Detroit. In three games against the Tigers, the Twins manufactured just one run. The Twins got on the board in the first inning against the Sox off a Joe Mauer single. Going back to last season, Mauer has now hit safely in 12 straight games.
The Twins offense produced ten hits after producing only 14 hits in three games against the Tigers. Second baseman, Brian Dozier got the Twins in the home run column by blasting one out of U.S. Cellular Field in the sixth inning.
It’s the first win for manager, Paul Molitor and the monkey is now off his back. The Twins will look to pick up win number two as veteran starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey takes the mound tomorrow.