The White Sox currently have in the lead in the Central, with the Twins now one half game behind, thanks to the fact that the Twins have taken the first two games in the series… and if they win tomorrow, they will be in the lead, albeit by only a half-game.
While the Twins won easily on Monday, 9-3, tonight’s game was much more tense, a nail-biter which the Twins finally won 3-2.
Nick Blackburn went to the mound for the Twins. For the White Sox, it was Mark Buerhle.
The Twins took the lead first, with a run scored in the first inning.
The White Sox tied the game in the top of the second, with Ken Griffey Jr. plating Jim Thome with a groundout-RBI from third.
The Twins struck back in their half of the second, with RBIs from Denard Span and Joe Mauer.
And although that was all the scoring for the Twins, it was all they needed.
Ken Griffey Jr. homered in the fourth inning to make it a 3-2 game, and that’s all the scoring that the White Sox got. They never really threatened after that.
Nick Blackburn was lifted after five innings, and Twins relievers Craig Breslow, Boof Bonser, Jose Mijares and finally closer Joe Nathan shut the door on the White Sox.
Mark Buehrle is now 14-12 for the White Sox, while Blackburn is 11-10 for the Twins.
The Twins and White Sox play their final game againt each other tomorrow, Thursday, and of course it is a crucial one, in particular for the Twins.
Gavin Floyd is expected to take the mound for the White Sox, while Kevin Slowey goes for the Twins.
The Twins will have their work cut out for them. Gavin Floyd has had his way with the Twins, allowing 17 hits over 29 innings in 2008.
The last time Slowey pitched against the White Sox at the Metrodome..where he’ll be pitching tomorrow…he pitched a shutout.