CHICAGO – Requested about Tony La Russa, an emotional Miguel Cairo needed to pause and take a drink of water to regain his composure.
It was that form of day.
The Chicago White Sox watched La Russa step down as supervisor, after which beat the Minnesota Twins 3-2 on Monday evening behind Johnny Cueto’s seven efficient innings.
La Russa departed due to a pair of well being points, punctuating a disappointing season for the Corridor of Famer in the identical spot the place he bought his first job as a giant league supervisor. The White Sox are 80-80 after starting the yr with championship aspirations.
Cairo performed for La Russa earlier than changing into his bench coach in Chicago. He took over after La Russa left the membership on Aug. 30.
“He is my mentor. I’ve discovered a lot from him,” Cairo mentioned. “And naturally I’ll hold calling to continue to learn. However we’ll miss him, for certain.”
La Russa met along with his staff earlier than asserting the transfer, and the gamers joined their former supervisor for his press convention concerning the resolution.
“The very last thing I mentioned to the gamers within the assembly was that I like them,” mentioned La Russa, a three-time World Sequence champion who turns 78 on Tuesday. “I am unable to be extra grateful.”
Josh Harrison hit a two-run homer in Chicago’s fourth win in 5 video games. Cueto (8-10) stopped a private four-game slide, and Liam Hendriks bought three outs for his thirty seventh save.
Minnesota dropped to 9-19 in its final 28 video games. Gio Urshela hit a two-run homer, and Bailey Ober pitched 5 innings of two-hit ball.
“I needed to grind slightly bit immediately and battle,” Ober mentioned. “Positively they made some changes from the final outing. I form of needed to combine it up after the primary two innings.”
The sport was tied at 2 earlier than Carlos Pérez drove in AJ Pollock with a two-out single towards Griffin Jax (7-4) within the seventh. It was Pérez’s second profession hit and first RBI.
The Twins loaded the bases with two out within the ninth, however Hendriks struck out Mark Contreras swinging to shut it out.
“Simply placing a pair runs on the board shouldn’t be going to be sufficient to win these video games,” supervisor Rocco Baldelli mentioned.
Minnesota jumped in entrance within the first. Nick Gordon hit a two-out double and scored on Urshela’s thirteenth homer, a drive to proper on a 1-1 pitch.
However that was it for the Twins towards Cueto, who struck out 4 and walked none. The suitable-hander was shaken up after fielding Matt Wallner’s two-out infield single within the seventh, however he bought Gilbert Celestino to bounce to 3rd on his subsequent pitch.
“I informed them that I needed to complete the inning,” Cueto mentioned by way of a translator. “I made the fitting pitch to complete the inning.”
Chicago rallied within the second. With Pollock aboard on a one-out single, Harrison’s drive traveled simply over the wall in left for his seventh homer.
Twins: INF Luis Arraez (left hamstring) missed his second straight recreation. Arraez, who’s day after day, leads the AL with a .315 batting common, simply forward of New York Yankees star Aaron Choose. … RHP Trevor Megill was positioned on the 15-day injured checklist with a left indirect pressure. RHP Aaron Sanchez was introduced up, and OF Kyle Garlick (left wrist sprain) was transferred to the 60-day IL.
Proper-handers Josh Winder (4-5, 4.31 ERA) and Lucas Giolito (10-9, 5.00 ERA) take the mound on Tuesday evening. Winder is 0-3 with a 6.29 ERA in his final 5 begins for the Twins. Giolito is on the lookout for his first win since Aug. 24, going 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA in his earlier six outings for the White Sox.