The second of the three game series between the Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox took place on a beautiful summer evening in Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 19, 2013. Before the game Twins’ coach Ron Gardenhire expressed confidence in his hitters, who drove in .5 more runs per game in May than they did in April. His confidence paid off as the Twins defeated the White Sox 7-4.
The crowd at Target Field collectively had the wind knocked out of them as the very first batter of the game, Chicago’s Alejandro De Aza, belted a home run over the right field wall. The White Sox dugout cheered as soon as the crack of the bat was heard, they knew it was gone.
Twins’ starting pitcher, Kevin Correia, settled down retiring the next three batters in order. White Sox pitcher, Chris Sale, struck out Joe Mauer, Josh Willingham and Justin Morneau to retire the Twins in the bottom of the first. Sale also struck out Trevor Plouffe in the bottom of the second inning. The Twins broke out of their first inning strike out funk in the second inning as Brian Dozier blasted a home run scoring Clete Thomas and Pedro Florimon.
Plouffe would redeem himself in the third inning, hitting a single to left field that drove in Josh Willingham. In the sixth inning, a single to left field by Willingham would score Mauer. The next batter, Justin Morneau, crushed a ball over the right field wall for his third home run of the year to put the Twins up 7-1 and wrap up the Twins scoring for the night.
The White Sox would score two in the seventh and one in the eighth inning. The final score, Twins 7, White Sox 4. The teams play the final game in the series on Thursday afternoon.
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