White Sox's bullpen battered in loss to Twins
CHICAGO – White Sox manager Robin Ventura went to his bullpen over and over again, and the Twins kept scoring.
It was that kind of day for the Sox.
Five Sox relievers allowed a total of 15 runs and 18 hits over the final four innings of a 16-3 loss to Minnesota on Sunday.
"It seemed OK until the sixth and after that it just got loose and you couldn't stop it," Ventura said.
Dayan Viciedo hit a two-run homer for the Sox, which dropped two of three in the weekend set against the last-place Twins. Alexei Ramirez had two hits and drove in a run.
Rookie Danny Santana had five hits and four RBIs for the Twins, who set season highs for runs and hits (23).
It just got worse for the Sox in the ninth, when Chris Parmelee, Oswaldo Arcia and Eric Fryer hit consecutive homers off White Sox reliever Andre Rienzo. It was the first time the Twins had three consecutive homers since July 12, 2001, at Milwaukee.
"Goodness gracious, up to the eighth inning it was a 4-3 ballgame then the ball starting flying all over the place," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.
Santana had two hits and two RBIs in Minnesota's nine-run eighth inning, when it sent 14 batters to the plate and had nine hits against three relievers. The five hits set a season high for the center fielder, who was one off his best for RBIs set June 7 against Houston.
"It was a lot of fun," Santana said.
Not so much for the Sox.
Ronald Belisario, who served as the Sox's closer for a short stretch this season, faced four batters in the eighth and failed to record an out. He was charged with four runs, increasing his ERA to an unseemly 6.23.
"I don't know what to say," Belisario said. "They got us. I have nothing to say."
Javy Guerra (1-3) got the loss. He allowed three runs and four hits in one inning of work. Taylor Thompson was charged with three runs while recording three outs and was sent down to Triple-A Charlotte after the game.
The Sox could get some bullpen help as early as Friday when right-hander Zach Putnam (shoulder) is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list.
Kyle Gibson (10-8) was the beneficiary of Minnesota's big day at the plate. The 6-foot-6 right-hander allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings while improving to 3-1 with a 3.08 ERA in his last four starts.
Sox starter Jose Quintana struggled through three errors and two rain delays (for a total of 45 minutes) in the first two innings. He managed to get through five innings on 116 pitches, leaving with a 3-1 lead thanks to a three-run fourth for the Sox.
Minnesota responded with three runs in the sixth. Eduardo Nunez had a run-scoring single before Santana's two-run double lifted the Twins to a 4-3 lead. Santana added an RBI triple and run-scoring infield hit in the eighth.
Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia, currently on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte, was hit by a pitch and removed from the Knights' game on Sunday. He was diagnosed with a bruised left triceps and is day to day. He had left shoulder surgery in April.
The White Sox continue their six-game homestand today with the opener of a three-game set with Texas, with Rangers right-hander Nick Martinez (1-7, 5.08 ERA) facing Hector Noesi (5-8, 5.21 ERA).