The Twins scored 4 runs in the fourth inning tonight in Chicago, and it was all they would need to collect a victory against the division-leading White Sox. Kyle Lohse pitched very well for 5 and a third innings, giving way to Jesse Crain, Juan Rincon, and Joe Nathan, who combined for 3.2 scoreless innings.
The offense came from Lew Ford, who hit a nice bases loaded double down the left field line, and Brent Abernathy, who poked a single to right with the bases juiced that scored a couple runs. Ford's double was just part of a great night in which he had a couple hits and also made a great defensive play in which he gunned out a runner at the plate from center field. Abernathy had a good game offensively as well, going 2/3 and looking better than most of the Twins' hitters at the plate. Nick Punto also had a terrific game, collecting three hits and stealing three bases. He also looked very good defensively at shortstop.
It was a nice victory for the Twins, and a good start to a tough road series. If they could win this series, they would make a nice statement in Chi-town.