Jul 31, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Minnesota Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki (8) connects for a one run double in the eighth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals won 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Twins Fall to Sox in Offensive Explosion

The Minnesota Twins face off against Chris Sale tonight, looking at the final score, you probably wouldn’t have guessed that.  Opening a three game set with the White Sox, Minnesota looked to start off on the right foot after nearly being swept a week ago.

Chicago broke open the scoring early.  Minnesota went with Logan Darnell on the mound tonight, after he gave up 11 hits and seven runs to these same Chicago White Sox in their last series.  Moises Sierra tripled to right, and with Chris Parmelee fielding the ball, Alejandro De Aza was able to score from first.  Adam Eaton then drove in a second run in the bottom of the second inning on a bunt single, scoring Sierra from third.  The Sox entered the top of the third leading 2-0.

Sale found himself in trouble in the third however.  A Josh Willingham single plated Brian Dozier, and a Kurt Suzuki double scored Trevor Plouffe.  For his first big league base hit, Kennys Vargas then looped a ground rule double to right plating both Suzuki and Willingham, while giving the Twins a 4-2 lead.  A Chris Colabello fielding choice put the Twins up 5-2 entering the bottom of the third.

Conor Gillaspie answered right back for the White Sox in the bottom of the inning, doubling to right to score Alexei Ramirez and bring the White Sox within two.

Jose Abreu would single in the 4th inning to plate Adam Eaton, and extended his hit streak.  The Cuban was expected to be a monster with his power numbers, but his batting average has been impressive in its own right as well.

A Tyler Flowers home run in the fifth inning brought the White Sox back to even with Minnesota.

Ramirez then doubled deep to left in the bottom of the 6th inning to score Abreu and give the White Sox a 6-5 lead.

Suzuki immediately answered back for the Twins, singling to allow Brian Dozier to score and knot the game up at 6.  Chris Parmelee went deep for the twins in the top of the 8th inning to give the Twins their second lead of the game.

It was short-lived however as the White Sox would score four runs in the bottom of the 8th.  Singles by Paul Konerko, Ramirez, Flowers, and De Aza would drive in four and give the White Sox a 10-6 advantage heading into the final frame.

Suzuki delivered another RBI in the ninth scoring Dozier on a fielder’s choice and bringing the Twins within three.  Vargas stepped up to the plate with runners on first and third while facing the White Sox, Jake Perticka, but was struck out leaving the game in Oswaldo Arcia‘s hands.  After flailing at strike three, the Twins saw their night come to an end with a 10-7 loss in the series opener.

Check out the full box score for a complete breakdown.

Logan Darnell has likely made his last start for the Twins and will cede to Tommy Milone.  Minnesota fans can only hope a poor start by Yohan Pino brings up Trevor May or Alex Meyer as well.  The Twins are back in action tomorrow night against the Chicago White Sox for game two of the series.

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