Losses in May can have a huge impact in late September, especially when they are lost in the fashion the Chicago White Sox did to the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night at Guaranteed Rate Field.
The White Sox fell to the Twins 7-6 and have now lost five-straight games. In a game where the Sox should have been playing with the lead, they had to battle back after a costly error by first baseman José Abreu put them in a four-run hole in the first inning. Had Abreu made the catch it would have resulted in an inning-ending double play and prevented the Twins from getting on the scoreboard.
Chicago starter Derek Holland (3-3) allowed seven runs to cross home plate, but just three were earned due to Abreu’s error. He struggled to settle in as the Twins sent three pitches over the fence. Holland pitched five innings of six-hit baseball.
“Those guys are going to make the plays,” Holland said, “I still have to make pitches after that, no matter what happens. I know what the situation was, but I feel it’s my fault more than anything. I didn’t execute the pitches after that, and that’s what put us in a bigger hole.”
After the White Sox were able to push two runs across home plate in the bottom of the fourth inning third basemen Matt Davidson committed a baseball sin.
“It was too aggressive for me as a slower runner, but I kind of saw the ball going and then I put my head down and went instead of checking again, which I should have done,” Davidson said, “Just trying to be aggressive… If that ball is off the money a little bit, a little closer play, but it was probably a little too aggressive.”
A combination of physical and mental errors allowed the White Sox to give up a lead and prevented them from chipping away at it in the same game. The physical error came as Abreu failed to make a routine double play catch at first base and the mental error occurred as Davidson failed to read the play in which he should have stopped at second base.