MINNEAPOLIS — Two missed calls and the broken webbing of Adam Dunn’s glove that led to another error Tuesday night tested the resiliency of the White Sox.
And for one of the few times this season, they responded in a remarkable form as a two-run rally sparked the Sox to a 4-2 victory over the Twins.
“I think everybody contributed against some adversity,” Jake Peavy said after improving to 5-1 lifetime at Target Field. “Some calls that should have went the other way didn’t go our way. When you keep your composure, that’s not easy, to win those games shows some character.”
Despite back-to-back home runs from Adam Dunn (who revamped his swing) and Dayan Viciedo in the second, the Sox found themselves in a frustrating 2-2 tie entering the eighth. They were angry after home plate umpire Jordan Baker ruled Justin Morneau slid past catcher Tyler Flowers for the Twins’ first run in the fifth even though television replays showed Flowers tagged Morneau twice before he touched home plate.
Umpire Dan Bellino called Dunn out on a play at first in sixth in which replays showed Dunn was safe, and the Twins finally caught the Sox at 2-2 in the seventh on Trevor Plouffe’s two-out single.
Compounding the madness was that the Sox, who went through a 50-minute workout five hours before the game, were charged with their 30th error when a throw from shortstop Alexei Ramirez broke the webbing of Dunn’s first baseman’s mitt in the sixth.
“If something stupid is going to happen, it’s going to happen to me,” Dunn said. “So just pile on, bring it on.”
Manager Robin Ventura quipped: “We’re getting creative with gloves breaking, and you scratch your head. (Fielding is) a focal point. It’s important and it’s going to stay important, so I don’t know if we’ll come out here at 8:30 a.m. but I was thinking about it. We’re going to continue to go over it until we get it right.”
The Sox took charge in the eighth when Dewayne Wise and Flowers hit consecutive doubles to forge a 3-2 lead and then Ramirez added insurance with an RBI single.
“There’s human error in this game,” Flowers said. “We did a good job of overcoming that obstacle.”
Then there’s the case of Dunn, who snapped an 0-for-14 slump with a shot that marked his first homer and RBI in May.
Before the game, Dunn said he decided Sunday to rebuild his swing again with the help of videotapes dating back as far as his days with the Reds (2001-2008).
“I went in early (Sunday) and just tried to do almost a complete ground-up overhaul. Tried to throw it against the wall and see what stuck,” said Dunn, who now holds his hands higher. “I tried to do a bunch of different things just to jump start something. I came out with something pretty similar and doesn’t feel awkward.”