White Sox 11, Twins 4: Willingham Just Can't Do It All Himself

Josh Willingham hit two homeruns and drove in all 4 Twins runs.

Josh Willingham hit two homeruns, and Twins starting pitcher Cole De Vries gave up only one run over 6 innings--but the Twins still lost.

The White Sox scored early off a fantastic error from Brian Dozier that allowed Alex Rios to reach first and Adam Dunn to score from third. The game remained 0-1 until the top of the 4th inning when Josh Willingham, with two strikes, hit his 24th homerun of the year.

In the top of the fifth we were all amused when Darin Mastroianni seemingly trapped a ball and second base umpire Ed Hickox ruled the ball caught--just as first base umpire Angel Hernandez ruled the ball not-caught. After convening, the umpires ruled it a caught ball (it was actually not-caught). Then the Twins all got out anyway, and Paul Konerko hit a solo homerun for the White Sox in the bottom of the 5th to tie it 1-1.

The tie was short-lived, as Denard Span and Joe Mauer singled, and Josh Willingham (you'll never guess it omg) hit his 25th homerun. It marked the 12th multi-homerun game in Willingham's career, putting the Twins up 4 to 2.

Unfortunately--that was all the Twins Josh Willingham could drive in, as the White Sox went and piled on another four runs in the 7th inning, followed by another five in the 8th. The Twins ended up losing by seven runs, 11 to 4.

Studs and duds after the jump.

Studs:

  • Josh Willingham: 2 HRs, all 4 Twins RBIs, showed a pulse.
  • Cole De Vries: 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 H, 4 K.
Duds:
  • Brian Dozier: 0 for 4, 1 K, 1 run-scoring E.
  • Darin Mastroianni: 0 for 4, 1K.
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