Sox come up short vs. Twins

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS - BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN, STAFF RE­PORTER dvan­ @CST_­sox­van

First base­man Jose Abreu wouldn’t have ob­jected to the front of­fice adding a pitcher be­fore the trade dead­line Mon­day, but the White Sox are ‘‘happy’’ to bring on Sep­tem­ber with whom they have, he said.

‘‘I can only con­trol what I can con­trol,’’ Abreu said be­fore the Sox lost to the host Twins 3-2 on Tues­day. ‘‘I’m sure the team did a good job try­ing to pur­sue more tal­ent to help us.’’

Left-han­der Dal­las Keuchel would have wel­comed some help, too. But he un­der­stands why the Sox stood pat.

‘‘Guys would like to see a trade come true, es­pe­cially when a lot of trades are be­ing made,’’ Keuchel said. ‘‘But do you sac­ri­fice the fu­ture of this team for a win now, or do you roll with the team we have?

‘‘Hon­estly, with Car­los Rodon com­ing back and Dane Dun­ning step­ping up, we’re in a very good spot.’’

The Sox (22-14) were in a good spot to win their sec­ond con­sec­u­tive game against the Twins af­ter Eloy Jimenez roped a two-run dou­ble against Michael Pineda in the first in­ning to give them an early lead. But the high­pow­ered Sox of­fense was si­lent there­after, man­ag­ing only four sin­gles in the last eight in­nings against Pineda and the Twins’ bullpen.

The loss, cou­pled with the In­di­ans’ vic­tory against the Roy­als, left the Sox and In­di­ans in a first-place tie in the Amer­i­can League Cen­tral. The de­fend­ing cham­pion Twins snapped a sixgame los­ing streak and are 1oe games be­hind.

Abreu dropped a throw from sec­ond base­man Nick Madri­gal that would have com­pleted a dif­fi­cult dou­ble play started by third base­man Yolmer Sanchez to end the fifth in­ning with­out a run. The er­ror, how­ever, al­lowed Jorge Polanco to score the only run — un­earned — against Keuchel in five in­nings.

Keuchel was feel­ing the ef­fects from an overnight stom­ach is­sue and didn’t have the strength to go past five in­nings.

The Twins tied the score at 2 in the sixth on a triple by pinch hit­ter Jake Cave and a dou­ble by pinch hit­ter Luis Ar­raez against re­liever Jimmy Cordero, who now has al­lowed runs in each of his last three ap­pear­ances.

By­ron Bux­ton’s RBI sin­gle in the seventh against Evan Mar­shall put the Twins in front 3-2. That run also was charged to Cordero.

Mon­cada still out

Third base­man Yoan Mon­cada hit in the cages but missed a third con­sec­u­tive start with a sore left ham­string.

‘‘There’s an op­ti­mistic hope that he’ll be back in there [Wed­nes­day], but I can’t guar­an­tee it,’’ man­ager Rick Ren­te­ria said.

Mon­cada was not put on the 10-day in­jured list be­cause ‘‘there’s still an ex­pec­ta­tion that we can go through this process of try­ing to iso­late and con­trol some of the sore­ness in his leg — in a good way — that would al­low him to come back and be here and play,’’ Ren­te­ria said.

This and that

Dy­lan Cease, Dun­ning, Lu­cas Gi­olito and Keuchel (in or­der) are the sched­uled starters for the se­ries Thurs­day through Sun­day against the Roy­als at Kauff­man Sta­dium in Kansas City.

Out­fielder Nicky Del­monico cleared waivers and was sent out­right to the Sox’ train­ing fa­cil­ity in Schaum­burg.

Rookie cen­ter fielder Luis Robert’s 108.9 mph av­er­age exit ve­loc­ity on his 10 home runs was the high­est in the ma­jors among those with a min­i­mum of 10 homers.

Ren­te­ria, short­stop Tim An­der­son and first-base coach Daryl Bos­ton vis­ited the memo­rial to George Floyd in Min­neapo­lis. Floyd died at the hands of po­lice on May 25.

‘‘It was im­por­tant to go out there,’’ Ren­te­ria said.


The Sox’ Jose Abreu slides safely into home plate in the first in­ning Tues­day against Twins.

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