MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota’s pitching staff has finally caught up in the strikeout era Marcus Semien Jersey
, with Jose Berrios leading the way.Berrios became the first Twins pitcher in eight years to reach 200 strikeouts, throwing seven smooth innings in a 2-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox in the first game of a doubleheader before Mitch Garver’s career-high six RBIs fueled a 12-4 victory for the sweep on Friday night.Berrios finished his All-Star season with a career-best 3.84 ERA and 202 strikeouts. The last time a Twins pitcher topped that milestone was Francisco Liriano (201) in 2010, with Johan Santana (235) prior to that in 2007.“That was one of my goals before the season started,” Berrios said. “That’s when I wrote it down, and I accomplished it and I’m thankful to God for that.”Berrios (12-11) struck out nine batters , allowing just three hits and one run on Leury Garcia’s RBI single in the third. Berrios walked four, including Avisail Garcia to lead off the sixth, but he followed that by fanning Daniel Palka, Matt Davidson and Omar Narvarez in a 10-pitch span to finish the inning with his fastball buzzing.“Pretty special kid,” White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. “Nice mix of pitches. Breaking ball was diving, sinking. He’s got a quick arm. Just kept us off balance.”The Twins are 16th in the major leagues in strikeouts, after finishing next-to-last in 2017. From 2011 through 2015, they were last.Though Berrios had a 4.15 ERA and just a 3-4 record in 12 starts after the All-Star break, the right-hander took another step toward being the ace at the top of the rotation the Twins have lacked since Santana was traded 11 years ago.“I want to be one of the best pitchers in the league http://www.athleticsfanproshop.com/authentic-joe-morgan-jersey
,” Berrios said. “I think I have the material to do that and to be the best pitcher on this team, so that Minnesota can construct around me and build a winning team.”Reynaldo Lopez (7-10) turned in another strong start in the opener for the White Sox, save for matching his season high with five walks over six innings. Tyler Austin’s RBI groundout in the first and Willians Astudillo’s sacrifice fly in the sixth were all the Twins needed to take a game that was originally scheduled for the mid-April weekend when they had three straight games postponed by a snowstorm.Joe Mauer, facing an offseason decision about whether or not to retire at age 35, went 2 for 4 in each game and is batting .362 (21 for 58) over his last 14 starts while reaching base at least once in each.Astudillo has 16 RBIs in his last 15 games for the Twins, who improved to 47-32 at home. They’re 28-12 since June 24, the fifth-best record in MLB in that span.The White Sox, who fell to 8-17 in September, would lose 100 games for the first time since 1970 if they don’t win Saturday or Sunday. They were 63-99 in 2013.NIGHT MOVESGarver went 4 for 5 with doubles to fuel Twins starter Chase DeJong (1-1) in his first major league victory with six strong innings, despite solo home runs by Jose Rondon and Kevan Smith. Robbie Grossman went 2 for 4 with three RBIs for the Twins.Lucas Giolito (10-13) gave up seven runs in 1 1/3 innings for the White Sox, pushing his MLB-worst ERA to 6.13. Hector Santiago threw 97 pitches in relief, allowing seven hits, two walks and one hit batter in 4 2/3 innings.“This leaves a bad taste in my mouth,” Giolito said. “Definitely a lot to work on in the offseason.”WHIFFING WHITIESThe White Sox struck out 18 times during the doubleheader Reggie Jackson Jersey
, raising their season total to an MLB-most 1,570. That’s also only one less than the all-time record last year by the Milwaukee Brewers. Yoan Moncada has the team lead with 215, followed by Davidson with 162.FINISHING STRONGLopez logged 40 innings over his last six starts, with a sparkling 1.13 ERA and 41 strikeouts. The 24-year-old finished with a 3.91 ERA in 188 2/3 innings.“I’m leaving this season in a much better way than how I entered the season,” Lopez said through a team interpreter. “I learned a lot.”GIVING BACKThe last time the White Sox played in Minnesota, on Aug. 20, Renteria experienced light-headedness in the afternoon and was hospitalized overnight as a precaution. He wound up missing four games. As a thank-you to Hennepin County Medical Center staff for his care, Renteria sent popcorn and donated 200 tickets to children being treated at the facility.TRAINER’S ROOMWhite Sox: LF Nicky Delmonico, who hurt his shoulder on Tuesday, was a late addition to the second-game lineup in place of Adam Engel.Twins: Garver made his first start in 17 games in the nightcap, after recovering from concussion symptoms.“Peace of mind for myself and for the people that care about me,” Garver said.UP NEXTWhite Sox: LHP Carlos Rodon (6-7, 3.61 ERA) will pitch in the third game of the series.Twins: RHP Kyle Gibson (9-13, 3.68 ERA) will start on Saturday night. MIAMI — Cincinnati Reds left-hander Cody Reed and Miami Marlins right-hander Jeff Brigham http://www.athleticsfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-joyce-jersey
, both looking for their first win as a major league starter, will face each other on Thursday night at Marlins Park.Brigham, 26, is 0-2 with a 7.36 ERA and will be making his third career start. He has already made a giant breakthrough just to get here.Prior to this season, Brigham had never pitched above Class A. However, he dominated at Double-A Jacksonville this season, going 4-1 with a 1.18 ERA, and then produced a 5-2 record with a 3.44 ERA at Triple-A New Orleans before earning a promotion to the majors.Article continues below ...Brigham walked four batters and hit one in a shaky major league debut on Sept. 2 against the visiting Toronto Blue Jays. He allowed four hits and three runs in three innings.“It was a big day for me and a learning experience,” Brigham said. “My tempo was a little slow, and I left a lot of pitches up.”In his most recent start, Brigham made an improvement but still wasn’t good enough to get a win, allowing three runs, five htis and one walk in 4 1/3 innings against the Mets on Sept. 13.Meanwhile, Reed has a 1-10 career record with a 5.93 ERA since breaking into the majors in 2016. But he has improved each year after going 0-7 in 10 starts Glenn Hubbard Jersey
, with a 7.36 ERA, as a rookie in 2016. Last year, he pitched in 12 games, including 11 in relief, and went 1-1 with a 5.09 ERA.Reed is 0-2 with a 4.32 in 15 games this season, including five starts. And he really made progress this past Saturday, pitching five scoreless innings against the Cubs in Chicago. He allowed two hits and two walks and struck out a career-high 10 batters.“He’s come a long way,” Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart said of Reed. “He’s matured a lot. (Saturday) was hopefully a springboard.”Certainly, 10 strikeouts in five innings may be a bit much to expect again. Yet, Reed has shown a fastball that has reached 96 mph, a strong slider that has become a weapon and a nasty changeup, and he exhibited all of that by striking out Cubs slugger Kris Bryant three times last Saturday.Reed entered that Chicago game with an 0-9 record and an 8.01 ERA in 15 career starts, and he did not get a decision against the Cubs.After a start against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the change in Reed began.“Tucker sat me down Rickey Henderson Jersey
,” Reed said of his catcher. “He told me I was moving in the right direction. But I think I’ve had enough of those talks. Now is the time to just do it.”The Marlins (59-92), who lost 4-2 to the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night, had Wednesday off as they prepared for their final home series of the season.Cincinnati (65-88) was held to just two hits — both singles — and lost on the road to the Milwaukee Brewers 7-0 on Wednesday. The Reds will be playing on much shorter rest compared to Miami.By record, the Reds and Marlins are two of the three worst teams in that National League, which is why the significance of games like this one hinge on individual performances.Aside from the pitchers, watch for Marlins first baseman/outfielder Peter O’Brien. In five starts with the Marlins, O’Brien has three homers and six RBIs.On Cincinnati’s side, all eyes will be on second baseman Scooter Gennett, who is hitting .317 and chasing Milwaukee center fielder Christian Yelich (.319) for the National League batting crown.