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  W: J. Fry (3-4)   L: J. Odorizzi (14-7)   S: A. Colomé (28)
4:40 PM PT5:40 PM MT6:40 PM CT7:40 PM ET19:40 ET23:40 GMT7:40 4:40 PM MST6:40 PM EST7:10 PM VEN3:40 UAE (+1)6:40 PM CT, September 18, 2019
Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota  Attendance: 23,759

Surging Twins seek another win over White Sox

According to STATS
According to STATS

Chicago White Sox at Minnesota Twins

  1. The Twins and White Sox meet for their final series of the season, with Minnesota winning 15 of the last 20 matchups dating to last season. This is Minnesota's best 20-game stretch against Chicago since also going 15-5 between July 18, 2010-August 6, 2011.
  2. Nelson Cruz is batting .471 with eight homers and 23 RBI against the White Sox this season, while Max Kepler is hitting .341 with eight home runs and 20 RBI against them. Since 1920, they are the franchise's first set of teammates to have at least eight homers and 20 RBI against a single team in a single season.
  3. Since August 6, the Twins are 6-12 with their starters posting a 6.29 ERA in 18 games at Target Field. Over that same stretch, they've gone 15-4 in 19 road games with their starters recording a 4.88 ERA.
  4. Jake Odorizzi, who is scheduled to start Wednesday, has a 2.84 ERA and has allowed just five homers in 12 starts against AL Central foes this season. He has a 4.24 ERA and has served up 11 home runs in his other 16 starts.
  5. Lucas Giolito, slated to take the ball Tuesday, struck out 12 his last time out and has 78 strikeouts since the beginning of August to trail only the Astros' Gerrit Cole (80) and Justin Verlander (79) for the most in MLB. Giolito's 228 strikeouts on the season are the most by a White Sox right-hander since Ed Walsh struck out 254 in 1912.
  6. Yoan Moncada leads the majors with 24 hits this month while Tim Anderson is tied for second with the Tigers' Harold Castro and the Rays' Austin Meadows with 22. Anderson has gone 11-for-24 (.458) with two homers and four doubles in six games against the Twins this season.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/16/2019 thru 9/18/2019

Right-hander Jake Odorizzi will attempt to earn his 15th win on Wednesday night as the American League Central-leading Minnesota Twins go for a three-game series sweep of the Chicago White Sox in Minneapolis.

The Twins pulled out a wild, 9-8 victory in 12 innings Tuesday for their fourth win in five games. The White Sox have dropped six of seven, including the past four in a row.

Odorizzi (14-6, 3.60 ERA) is 3-3 with a 3.20 ERA in nine career starts against the White Sox and 2-1 with a 2.76 ERA in three starts vs. Chicago this season. He won his last start against the White Sox on Aug. 28 in Chicago, 8-2, when he allowed two runs on five hits over six innings while striking out eight.

On Wednesday, the White Sox (65-86) will be without their planned starting pitcher because of an injury for the second game in a row.

Lucas Giolito, who was supposed to start Tuesday night, was shut down for the rest of the season because of a mild lat strain. Dylan Covey, who had been scheduled to pitch Wednesday, has been scratched due to shoulder soreness.

Right-hander Ivan Nova (10-12, 4.86 ERA), who gave up five runs on 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings in Chicago's 11-10 loss at Seattle on Sunday, will be used for an inning as an opener Wednesday instead of throwing his normal bullpen session.

Nova is 4-2 with a 3.44 ERA in seven career appearances (six starts) against the Twins, including 2-0 with a 1.46 ERA in two starts at Target Field.

Both teams could be short-handed in the bullpen after using seven pitchers each in the Tuesday night marathon.

Chicago took a 6-5 lead in the 11th on a Tim Anderson home run, only to see the Twins (93-58) rally to tie it against closer Alex Colome on a Mitch Garver sacrifice fly.

The White Sox then took an 8-6 lead in the 12th on a long home run by Ryan Cordell before the Twins rallied to win it with three runs. The winning run scored when Ronald Torreyes was hit by a Jose Ruiz pitch with one out and the bases loaded.

"I was just trying to put the ball in play, and he hit me," said Torreyes, a mid-September call-up from Triple-A Rochester. "I'm just happy to be here, happy to be able to contribute, and I'm happy we got the win tonight."

Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli said, "There is no quit in this group. What a group. I mean, there's not a lot of words for that. You had to experience that game and feel it and go through it and feel the ups and downs.

"It would have been easy to end the game, go up there and take three big swings or whatever and a few outs and it would have been over because it was a long game and it wasn't an easy game. That's not what they do. We went out there and had some really impressive at-bats over and over again. ... We found a way."

The win kept Minnesota, which improved to 21-11 in one-run contests, five games in front of Cleveland (88-63) in the division and reduced the Twins' magic number to seven.

It was the third walk-off loss in four games for Chicago, which is 5-16 in its past 21 games.

"We just fell short, but those kids should be proud of themselves for not quitting," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "That was some kind of battle against one of the best teams in the big leagues, and we are right there toe to toe and fell short."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 18, 2019

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