Twins 18, White Sox 9: Twins Pour It On, Knock Out Hawk Harrelson Early

Joe Mauer congratulates Eduardo Escobar, who batted-in 3 of the 18 runs in his Twins debut (Note: Escobar batted in three runs total in his previous 43 games with the White Sox).

It looked like it was going to be another rough night for the Twins after a shaky first inning by Scott Diamond gave the White Sox an early 3-0 lead--but the night turned out to be anything but that.

The Twins went on to bat around twice for the first time since 1996, sending 12 players to the plate in the seven-run second inning and 14 in the 10 run fifth. Chris Parmelee hit a three-run homerun and drove in a career high four runs. Eduardo Escobar, making his debut for the Twins after coming over from the White Sox in the Francisco Liriano trade, drove in three runs--the same number he drove in during his entire time with the White Sox. White Sox position player Dewayne Wise was forced to pitch in the ninth inning, and notorious White Sox broadcaster Hawk Harrelson left the game sometime in the seventh inning. No, seriously. He just left.

Besides Parmelee's three-run shot, Ryan Doumit also connected on his 15th homerun of the year to add an insurance run for the Twins in the top of the seventh. Trevor Plouffe hit an RBI triple in the fifth inning, but other than that, the Twins remaining 14 hits were all singles. Every player--except Alexi Casilla, Matt Carson, and Darin Mastroianni, who all came in as replacements in the seventh inning--had at least one hit.

It was truly a night when Twins fans everywhere could say to themselves, "I wish Ozzie Guillen was here to give a post-game interview."

Studs and duds after the jump.

Studs:

  • Chris Parmelee: 3-run homerun and career-high 4 RBI.
  • Ryan Doumit: Homerun, 3 RBI, 3 runs-scored.
  • Jamey Carroll: 1 for 4, 2 RBI, just so scrappy.
  • Justin Morneau: Reached base in every plate-appearance. 2 for 2, 2 walks, 3 runs scored.
  • Eduardo Escobar: WE WON THE TRADE! 2 for 4, 3 RBI, 1 walk, 2 runs-scored.
Duds:
  • Darin Mastroianni: 0 for 2, 1 strikeout, and GIDP.
  • Anthony Swarzak: 2.1 innings pitched, 4 hits, 4 earned runs.
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