Monday, September 16, 2013
Rapid Reaction: White Sox 12, Twins 1
By Bruce Levine
Home at U.S. Cellular Field, the Chicago White Sox were hoping to break a horrendous slump that had them reeling in a six-game losing skid.
How it happened: Rookie Erik Johnson was making his third major league start. RHP Liam Hendricks was on the hill for the Minnesota Twins. Hendricks was in a purple haze, allowing seven runs and five hits while walking four in the two-thirds of an inning he lasted. Chicago sent 12 men to the plate scoring seven runs in the first inning. Alexei Ramirez drove in two with a base hit. Adam Dunn (32) and Dayan Viciedo (13) hit back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning. Jordan Danks hit a two-run homer in the sixth. Ramirez hit a solo home run in the seventh.
What it means: Johnson won his first major league game, shutting out the Twins for six innings. The seven runs in the first inning tied a season high for Chicago, also accomplished against the Detroit Tigers on July 9 in the eighth inning. Chicago had lost 15 of their previous 17 contests, entering play with the third worst record in baseball. Ramirez tied his career high with four hits.
Outside of the box:Gordon Beckham broke out of a 0-15 slump with an RBI single in the first inning, appropriately enough on his 26th birthday. OF Avisail Garcia and his wife, Anakarina, welcomed daughter Annarella into the world on Sunday. Garcia will return to the team on Tuesday after missing two games. The Sox announced a total of 960 dogs in attendance for their annual dog day promotion. The Sox totaled 12 runs total in the previous seven games on this homestand.
Up next: Game 2 of the series will be at 7:10 p.m. CT, featuring LHP Jose Quintana (7-6,.3.56) facing RHP Mike Pelfrey (5-12,5.31).