Twins Post-Game Notes, July 31 vs. Chicago White Sox 01 Aug 12

CHICAGO WHITE SOX (56-47) at MINNESOTA TWINS (44-59)

TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2012 – TARGET FIELD – MINNEAPOLIS, MN


 

FINAL

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

LOB

Chicago White Sox

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

2

4

7

0

5

Minnesota Twins

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

3

7

0

9

WINNING PITCHER: Thornton (3-6, 3.60)

LOSING PITCHER: Gray (5-1, 5.62)

SAVE: Reed (17)

FIRST PITCH: 7:11 pm              GAME TIME TEMP: 77, winds from SW at 7 mph              TIME OF GAME: 2:41                     ATTENDANCE: 36,424

HOME RUNS: Pierzynski (18, off Gray, eighth inning, one on, nobody out, 0-2 pitch, 379 feet to right field)

PITCHING LINES:

CHICAGO

IP

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R

ER

BB

SO

HR

WP

PITCHES/K

Francisco Liriano

6.0

4

2

2

4

8

0

0

113/65

Jesse Crain

1.0

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

16/7

Matt Thornton (W)

1.0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

11/7

Addison Reed (S)

1.0

2

1

1

0

1

0

0

18/12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MINNESOTA

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

WP

PITCHES/K

Nick Blackburn

8.0

5

2

2

1

2

0

0

106/73

Jeff Gray (L)

1.0

2

2

2

0

0

1

0

18/14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHITE SOX NOTES:

  • ·    The White Sox have won six of their last eight games…they are 17-6 in their last 23 games vs. the Twins and 9-3 in their last 12 at Target Field.
  • ·    Francisco Liriano made his first start for the White Sox…according to Elias, he is the first White Sox starter to make his debut the same season against the club he was acquired from since Marino Pieretti on June 19, 1948 vs. Washington.
  • ·    Alex Rios (2-for-4) is batting .361 (44-for-122) with 14 doubles, eight home runs, 27 rbi and 27 runs scored in his last 31 games.
  • ·    The White Sox have drawn just two walks in their last three games (111 plate appearances).
  • ·    Alexei Ramirez (1-for-4) is batting .319 (97-for-304) in 80 career games against the Twins…Ramirez has 49 rbi on the season, good for second-most among American League shortstops.
  • ·    A.J. Pierzynski hit his 18th home run in the eighth inning, tying his career-high, previously done in 2005…fourth time this season he has homered in consecutive games.
  • ·    Jesse Crain came on in relief of Liriano tonight, marking the first time those two had pitched in a game, for the same team, since Game 1 of the AL Division Series against the New York Yankees, October 6, 2010 at Target Field…Crain was dealt the loss in that game, allowing a two-run homer to Mark Teixeira in the seventh inning.

TWINS NOTES: ­

  • ·    The Twins snapped their four-game winning streak…they finished July with a record of 12-14, marking their first losing record in July since 2007 when they went 13-14.
  • ·    Nick Blackburn set a season-high with 8.0 innings pitched tonight, his most since June 16, 2011 vs. Chicago (AL).
  • ·    Tonight marked Blackburn’s 20th career start against the Sox, his most versus any ML opponent…he has now pitched 124.1 career innings against Chicago (Cleveland second-most – 81.1 career ip).
  • ·    Denard Span (4-for-5) has hit safely in 10 of 11 games (eight multi-hit games) against the Sox this season, batting .438 (21-for-48) in those games.
  • ·    Span extended his hitting streak to nine games and is batting .486 (18-for-37) during that stretch…Span tied a season-high with four hits…15th time in his career with four-plus hits in a game.
  • ·    Darin Mastroianni stole his 10th and 11th bases of the season in the sixth inning, giving the Twins four players with double digit steals for the season (Revere – 24, Casilla – 12 and Span – 12)…the Twins now have 82 steals in 103 games on the season.
  • ·    Mastroianni (1-for-4) has hit safely in nine of his last 11 games with an at-bat, hitting .361 (13-for-36) in that span.
  • ·    Justin Morneau recorded his 756th career rbi, moving him within two of tying Gary Gaetti (758) for fifth on the Twins all-time list.
  • ·    Ben Revere made his third career pinch-hit appearance (2-for-3), singling in the ninth inning, extending his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games.
  • ·    Jeff Gray was dealt his first loss of the season (5-1)…his previous loss was August 9, 2011 at Texas (with Seattle).
  • ·    Jesse Crain came on in relief of Liriano tonight, marking the first time those two had pitched in a game, for the same team, since Game 1 of the AL Division Series against the New York Yankees, October 6, 2010 at Target Field…Crain was dealt the loss in that game, allowing a two-run homer to Mark Teixeira in the seventh inning.