On a beautiful day in Chicago, the Minnesota Twins squandered a four run lead, falling to the Chicago White Sox, 5-4. The loss drops the Twins to 1-4 on the season.
The Twins offense looked great early. They scored four runs in the second inning. In the four run inning the Twins had three extra base hits. Trevor Plouffe started the inning off with a double. Chris Herrmann followed Plouffe’s double with an RBI triple. Brian Dozier got the last RBI of the inning with a two out double.
Following the second inning the Twins offense resembled the Twins offense that played the first three games of the season. The Twins were able to produce just two singles the rest of the game.
Mike Pelfrey, like the Twins offense looked good early. Pelfrey had a quick 1-2-3 inning in the first. Things got ugly fast. Pelfrey gave up two runs in the second inning, including a solo shot off the bat of Adam LaRoche. In the third inning Pelfrey gave up another run, cutting the Twins lead to one. Pelfrey gave up his second home run of the game when Geovany Soto went yard off Pelfrey in the fourth inning. Pelfrey pitched five innings, giving up seven hits and four runs.
Pelfrey is in the rotation due to Ervin Santana‘s suspension. If he continues to give up four run leads, he won’t be in the rotation for long.
The Twins will look to win their first series of the season on Sunday. They’ll send their ace, Phil Hughes to the mound. Hughes will look to bounce back after a rocky first start agains the Detroit Tigers. In order to win, the Twins offense will have to manufacture runs against one of the best pitchers in baseball, Chris Sale. We could be in for a pitchers duel on Sunday.
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