A series that once was expected to have major playoff implications for both teams kicked off on Tuesday with no impact on the playoff race whatsoever. A disappointing September for both teams now leave the Twins and Chicago White Sox tangling for a consolation prize that means little at all: second place.
And in that race — if it can be called that — Bailey Ober turned in the best start of his career to help lift the Twins to a 4-0 win over the White Sox on Tuesday night at Target Field.
Ober’s outing, which lasted 7 1/3 scoreless innings, marked just the third time all season a Twins starter pitched into the eighth inning. In his start, just his third after returning from an extended stay on the injured list, Ober gave up just a pair of hits — one to Yoán Moncada in the fourth inning and one to A.J. Pollock in the eighth — while striking out a career high 10.
He walked one batter to go along with those two hits in an otherwise flawless start.
And he pitched with a lead for most of it, getting some run support in the second inning when the Twins strung together three straight singles. Jose Miranda’s double brought home their second run of the game. And in the sixth, Forest Lake’s Matt Wallner hit his first Target Field home run, which just cleared the right field wall, to double the Twins’ lead.