Minnesota Twins Rough Up White Sox Pitching
After the Father’s Day weekend series with the Cubs the Twins finally put runs on the board. Lately the starting pitchers have been keeping the Twins in the game. However, not much run support followed. This evening they instead went yard on any pitcher the White Sox threw out there.
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Joe Mauer, Eduardo Nunez, Kennys Vargas and Brian Dozier all homered in the game tonight. Danks was more of a batting practice thrower than a pitcher as he gave up nine of the Twins runs, which included three home runs. But Danks isn’t to blame for everything that went wrong for the Sox. They also committed three errors on the night.
Kennys Vargas and Byron Buxton went 7-for-9 combined. Vargas had 4 RBI, while Buxton scored three runs. They weren’t the only ones, Dozier also had three RBI including his home run. He now has 14 HR and 35 RBI on the year, both lead AL second baseman.
Tommy Milone started for the Twins and while he did give 10 hits, he only gave up two runs. More importantly he gave the Twins a chance to win another ball game. Twins starting pitching has been terrific the last couple of weeks even though there aren’t enough wins to show it.
What shouldn’t be forgotten is Buxton’s first game in the lead off spot was a success. He also made a crucial play in the early stages of the game when he threw out Melky Cabrera at the plate for the final out of the inning. If the run scored it would have been the third run of the inning for the Sox and who knows how this game would have been if it weren’t for that play.
With the Royals off today the Twins now sit three games behind them. The White Sox are 2-8 in their last 10 games and are last place in the Central.
Tomorrow Mike Pelfrey will oppose Jeff Samardzija in game two of the series.