The White Sox opened up their 3-game weekend series against the Minnesota Twins with a 3-1 loss on Friday night. Derek Holland took the mound for Chicago in his White Sox debut. Holland was very impressive allowing just 3 runs(2 earned) over 6 solid innings.
Holland was not helped out by his defense or his offense. The Sox committed a whopping 3 errors tonight. The first was committed by Holland when he spun around to try to pick Robbie Grossman off of second base. Nobody was covering, and the ball sailed into center field. Grossman then scored when Miguel Sano hit a lofty pop up to short right field which was dropped by Avisail Garcia. This was already Garcia’s second error in 3 games this season. Grossman’s run tied the game at one in the top of the fourth. The third error occurred in the following inning when Jose Abreu dove to try to snag a sharp ground ball down the line. Abreu knocked the ball down and went to cover the base as Holland came over to flip the ball to him. Abreu could not handle the flip, and Eddie Rosario was ruled safe at first.
The Sox got off to an early start offensively against Phil Hughes. Chicago scored their only run of the game in the first inning as Tim Anderson came in to score on a Jose Abreu RBI single. This inning could have been much more harmful to the Twins if not for two outstanding catches by center fielder Byron Buxton. He made a fantastic catch on a ball off the bat of Tyler Saladino to lead off the game. Buxton sprinted toward the warning track and made the catch as he crashed into the wall in deep center. He also robbed Cody Asche of extra bases to end the inning. This catch was similar to the first catch he made in the first in that he retreated quickly toward the wall and made the grab while falling down. There were two runners on base for this catch, so without the heroics of Buxton, the Twins could have gotten off to a horrendous start.
The Sox and the Twins play the second game of their three game set Saturday at 1:10 CT. Miguel Gonzalez gets his first start of 2017 for the Sox, and Adalberto Mejía goes for the Twins.