Clayton Richard was hoping to come up with a win for the White Sox on Tuesday night, but instead recieved a loss as the Minnesota Twins took the second game of the series.
Richard gave a decent effort for his second major league start, going just a little over four innings before he was pulled. He struck out three and walked two, spreading seven hits over his outing. While Richard started strong, the two walks got him into deep trouble, and his defense offered no help to escape the jam.
The Sox took control early on, going up 4-0 before Richard fell behind, and he would not reclaim the lead. Though the White Sox offense showed some signs of revitalization, it wasn't enough to hold onto the lead.
Perkins was the second Twins pitcher to get a dose of revenge against the Sox, outdueling Richard and making the distance to pick up a win. He spread seven hits over six innings, walking two and striking out four. The offense helped him out, and the Twins held on to win 6-5.
With this loss, the White Sox now remain only a slim half a game ahead on the Twins. The teams have two more games to go in this series, with tomorrow night's game becoming a potential do or die for both Chicago and Minnesota.