Mon 13 May 2013
Rookie center fielder Aaron Hicks homered twice and made a home run saving catch as the Twins beat the Chicago White Sox at Target Field Monday night 10-3. It was their 3rd straight win over Chicago.
· The Twins extended their winning streak against the White Sox to three games, their longest streak against the Sox since winning nine straight September 14, 2010-July 8, 2011.
· The Twins have won five of their last seven games…they are one game over .500 for the third time in their last five days.
· After allowing two runs in the top of the first, the Twins have allowed their opponents to score 39 runs in the first inning this season; entering today, only Houston had allowed more first inning runs in all of baseball with 42…the Twins have allowed their opponents to score the game’s first run in 21 of 35 games played.
· Pedro Hernandez earned his second career win tonight and set a single game career-high with four strikeouts…he did not allow a walk, giving Twins starters just six walks allowed in their last eight games (41.2 IP).
· Joe Mauer (1-for-2) extended his hitting streak to a season-high 12 games, marking his longest since June 17-July 3, 2012 (also 12)…he is hitting .447 (21-for-47) during the streak…it is the longest current streak in the AL after Miguel Cabrera went 0-for-4 tonight against Houston.
· Justin Morneau (3-for-4) extended his hitting streak to nine straight games and is hitting .417 (15-for-36) in that span…he has hit safely in 15 of his last 17 games, batting .358 (24-for-67) in that span…Morneau drove in four runs tonight, giving him 17 this month; he entered today with the most RBI in baseball for the month…the four RBI set a single-game high for the season, his most since August 6, 2012 at Cleveland (also 4).
· Trevor Plouffe (1-for-4) has 10 RBI in his last 11 games (since May 3)…he went 1-for-2 off Sox starter Hector Santiago and is now hitting .400 (10-for-25) against left-handed pitching this season…Plouffe’s third inning double was his 200th career hit.
· Aaron Hicks hit his second career home run in the fourth inning, both have been hit as a right-handed batter…Hicks has hit safely in 13 of his last 18 games.
· Hicks gave the Twins their first player with a two-homer game this season, the previous being Justin Morneau September 9, 2012 vs. Cleveland…it was also Hicks’ first career multi-hit game.
· Hicks became the youngest Twin (at 23 years, 223 days) to record a multi-homer game since Justin Morneau did it August 12, 2004 at Seattle (23 years, 89 days).
· Pedro Florimon recorded his fourth bunt hit…Manny Machado was the only player in baseball with four bunt hits entering today.
· Joe Mauer was intentionally walked in the eighth inning, giving him 99 for his career, tying him with Rod Carew for fourth on the Twins all-time list.