The final game against the White Sox for the 2012 season is actually set up as a fairly interesting pitching matchup. Jake Peavy vs Scott Diamond could actually be a fun day if both of them are on their games.
More importantly, we have both Mauer & Doumit back in the lineup today! I’m a little surprised to see them both but I’m not going to complain. With Mauer at 1B, he doesn’t have to challenge the back overly much with the Catchers crouch. But Doumit is taking his strained oblique behind the plate so I hope both of them are able to do well. It’s helpful to have both of their bats back in the lineup.
Given the pitching match-up, the offense is just going to have to do better than they have in this series so far.
|Chi White Sox||
|Wise, CF||Span, CF|
|Youkilis, 3B||Revere, LF|
|Dunn, A, 1B||Mauer, 1B|
|Konerko, DH||Morneau, DH|
|Rios, RF||Doumit, C|
|Viciedo, LF||Parmelee, RF|
|Ramirez, Al, SS||Plouffe, 3B|
|Flowers, C||Casilla, A, 2B|
|Beckham, 2B||Florimon, SS|
|Peavy, P||Diamond, P|
|Chi White Sox||0||0||2||1||0||6||0||0||0||9||10||0|
Joe Mauer’s return would have to be considered a success as he contributed his 30th double and his 10th home run of the season. Alexi Casilla came through with a couple of hits, including an RBI double. Kyle Waldrop, Jared Burton and Glen Perkins were good for 3.1 innings of pretty decent (read: scoreless) relief work. But that’s pretty much where the good news ends today.
Scott Diamond was not good. Anthony Swarzak was no better and arguably worse. All of that adds up to a sweep at the hands of the White Sox. On the season, the Twins managed to win just four of 18 games against Chicago. That pretty much sums up the season. – JC