La Velle E. Neal III has covered baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he grew up following the White Sox and hating the Cubs. He attended both the University of Illinois and Illinois-Chicago and began his baseball writing career at the Kansas City Star. He can be heard occasionally on KFAN radio, lending his great baseball mind to Paul Allen and other hosts. Mark Rosen borrows him occasionally for WCCO-TV.

Three Twins postgame thoughts from LEN3: Bad loss, Dunn, Roenicke, Arcia

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: May 15, 2013 - 7:49 PM

 

Here are three thoughts following the Twins' loss to the White Sox

1. BAD LOSS: This is not a good White Sox team but the Twins gave away so much on Wednesday. If they cash in some early scoring chances, they knock Axelrod out of the game and get into Chicago's middle relief - always the soft underbelly of a pitching staff. The two innings in which they got the first two batters on base and stranded them just can't happen. I put this one in the 'Bad Loss,' category, even if Adam Dunn and Dayan Viciedo are pounding the ball now.

2. DUNN IN BY DUNN: White Sox first baseman Adam Dunn blasted two home runs on Wednesday, giving the hulking slugger three in the final two games of the series. When he's able to extend his arms and makes solid contact, the home runs look effortless, which is how they looked on Wednesday. He hit a two-run homer off of Mike Pelfrey in the third inning that hit off of the batter's eye behind the center field wall. Then he returned in the eighth to hit a two-run home run off of Josh Roenicke that landed in the Twins bullpen. ``He tried to kill the bullpen,'' Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said, ``and did a really nice job of that.'' Gardy was talking about the facility not the pitchers - but it could have had dual meanings. Roenicke has given up two home runs to Dunn this season, the other coming Apr. 21 in Chicago. It could have been three, but Aaron Hicks robbed Dunn of a home run on Monday on a pitch thrown by Roenicke. Time for a different approach.

3. UH-OH OSWALDO: Oswaldo Arcia stepped to the plate early Wednesday, and White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper heads to the mound. A few pitches later, Arcia struck out. We now know what Cooper told Alexrod.``Do not throw him another fastball,'' pressbox sage Patrick Reusse said. Arcia was fed a diet of breaking balls and off-speed pitches as he struck out twice, fouled out in front of the White Sox dugout and tapped back to the mound. Teams are starting to adjust to the rookie, and the next move is up to him.
 

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