The Minnesota Twins lineup struggled in this one as the Twins fell to the White Sox in Chicago by a score of 5-1.
Martin Perez faced off against Ivan Nova as Perez took the loss in this one and the Twins struggled to give any run support. The Twins only had a hand full of base runners the entire game. With the Indians demolishing the Royals, the two teams are separated by just 1 game atop the AL Central.
Twin Takeaway – The good
The pitching held its own tonight and though 5 runs were given up, only 4 were earned. Perez pitched a solid game and the pairing of Cody Stashak and Trevor May pitched decently enough as well. The pitching still needs help and got started on that in the form of trading for reliever/closer Sergio Romo. Though the Minnesota Twins front office has quite a bit of work to do, it was nice to see them get things moving.
Twin Takeaway – The not-so-good
The offense, one of the best in the league, struggled mightily to get anything going against Ivan Nova. Nova owns a 5.23 ERA even after the game this evening meaning the Twins should’ve walloped the Sox pitcher. The offense only provided 3 hits and 1 run against the Sox tonight. Though you can’t clobber the ball every game, it would’ve been nice to see even the slightest sign of life against the White Sox. The Twins need to keep the wins rolling and get back on track or their lead will soon be nonexistent.
Kyle Gibson, who has been struggling lately, is facing off against Dylan Covey in tomorrow’s series finale. Though Covey has an ERA above 6.00 and a record of 1-6 that doesn’t mean he can’t shut the offense down like Nova did today. Let’s hope the bats can get back after it tomorrow and get this team on the winning track once again.