Rapid Reaction: White Sox 9, Twins 4
May, 15, 2013
By Doug Padilla
The Chicago White Sox hit three home runs Wednesday and won a series on the road for just the second time this season after a 9-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
HOW IT HAPPENED: The White Sox's offense is slowly coming to life as it set a season high in runs scored while delivering double digits in hits for the third consecutive game. Adam Dunn hit two home runs while collecting five RBIs, and Dayan Viciedo also hit a home run. It was the second consecutive day Dunn and Viciedo went deep. Dylan Axelrod was on the ropes but managed to hold things together before leaving in the sixth inning with a leg cramp. He ended up with his first victory of the season.
WHAT IT MEANS: The starting pitching is in sync and now it looks as if the offense wants to follow suit. Dunn has made an adjustment at the plate with his hands and hit three home runs in the series, with a potential fourth one robbed Monday by an over-the-wall catch from Twins center fielder Aaron Hicks. Since returning from the disabled list on Friday, Viciedo has a hit in five of the six games he has played. Alex Rios is also making better contact, collecting three hits with three runs scored.
OUTSIDE THE BOX: It was a day for a few milestones for the White Sox. Dunn's two home runs gave him 415 in his career, moving him past Darrell Evans for 47th place on the all-time list. Dunn's walk was the 1,185th of his career putting him one away from a tie with Charlie Gehringer at 62nd most all-time. Rios' triple in the first inning was the 50th of his career. Rios is also three doubles away from 300 and nine steals from 200.
OFF BEAT: It was a little give-and-take with former White Sox farmhand Eduardo Escobar. The Twins infielder hit just the second home run of his brief major league career in the second inning, taking Axelrod over the high wall in right. But he gave back more than he took in the seventh inning when he failed to backhand a hard grounder at third base from Jeff Keppinger. The eventual double drove in two runs. Escobar was traded to the Twins along with Pedro Hernandez in 2012 for left-hander Francisco Liriano.
UP NEXT: The White Sox will send left-hander Jose Quintana (2-1, 3.72 ERA) to the mound at Anaheim, Calif., in the opener of a four-game series. The Angels will counter with right-hander Jerome Williams (2-1, 3.06) in the 9:05 p.m. CT start from Angel Stadium.