Rapid Reaction: Twins 16, White Sox 3
August, 3, 2014
By Sahadev Sharma
CHICAGO -- The Minnesota Twins scorched the Chicago White Sox for 16 runs on Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field.
How it happened: Jose Quintana allowed a single to lead-off hitter Danny Santana, then retired Brian Dozier before a 40-minute rain delay. When the team returned to the field, Quintana walked the first batter he faced, allowed the next to reach on an error, then hit Kennys Vargas to give the Twins a 1-0 lead. The White Sox tied it up in the fourth with an RBI double by Alexei Ramirez, then took the lead later in the inning when Dayan Viciedo launched a two-run homer. The Twins went back on top with three runs in the sixth, taking advantage of the White Sox's struggling bullpen. The big blow came on a two-run double by Santana, who later tripled in a run in the Twins’ nine-run eighth. Santana went 5-for-6 with a double, triple, walk, four runs batted in and two runs scored on the day. The Twins added to the drubbing with back-to-back-to-back solo home runs by Chris Colabello, Oswaldo Arcia and Eric Fryer in the ninth as Minnesota went on to win 16-3.
What it means: The White Sox are doing their best to stay in the wild-card race, but their bullpen just can't seem to get the job done. For the second day in a row, the unit failed to hold a lead, giving up 15 runs in four innings of work. As a whole, the bullpen gave up 22 runs in nine innings in the three-game weekend set against the Twins.
Offbeat: Avisail Garcia, who is rehabbing his shoulder injury at Triple-A Charlotte, exited Sunday's game after being hit by a pitch in the third inning. Garcia is 5-for-10 in his rehab stint so far. The White Sox said Garcia was removed with a bruised left triceps.
Up next: The White Sox start a three-game set with the Texas Rangers at 7:10 p.m. CT Monday, as Hector Noesi takes the mound against Nick Martinez.