Call Jorge Polanco the rock of the Twins’ offense. His home run in the sixth inning helped Minnesota edge the White Sox, 1-0, at Target Field on Wednesday afternoon.
The Twins and White Sox found themselves in a pitchers’ duel. Minnesota plated the sole run when Polanco swung at the first pitch he saw from right-hander José Ruiz and hit the ball over the left-center-field fence. It was Polanco’s seventh home run in his last 13 games.
Caleb Thielbar was the winning pitcher in relief of rookie right-hander Bailey Ober, who had the best start of his career. He pitched 5 1/3 innings of shutout ball and had six strikeouts.
The only time he was in serious trouble was in the fifth inning. The White Sox had runners on first and second with one out, but Ober struck out Cèsar Hernandez and Andrew Vaughn to end the threat.