Ervin Santana did just enough to win, Jose Berrios was sensational and… well, Nik Turley was awful on Thursday after the Twins were blanked by the Chicago White Sox, 9-0. The Twins still won the series but a sweep would have been nice before they hit the road to play Cleveland, Boston and the much-improved Kansas City Royals.
Turley was so bad that he was sent back to the minors after the game. He lasted two-thirds of an inning and gave up five runs, all earned, on six hits, including two home runs. He departs with an ERA of 16.39. The beat goes on as the Twins try to find that reliable third, fourth and fifth starter.
Adalberto Mejia gets the ball on Friday.
-Once again the pitching was so bad Thursday that backup catcher Chris Gimenez made his sixth relief appearance this year. He gave up two hits in a scoreless 9th inning.
-Jose Berrios was terrific on Wednesday. He went eight innings and struck out eight to improve to 7-1 with a 2.67 ERA. He appears to be fast on his way to becoming a No. 1 starter.
-The Twins have signed pitcher Dillon Gee to a minor league contract. Gee spent six seasons with the New York Mets. He won 13 games in 2011 and 12 in 2013. He’s 48-46 with a 4.13 ERA over his career.
-Thursday’s game featured the longest rain delay in Twins history at nearly five hours.