It’s no secret that the White Sox hit lefties well. They clobbered J.A. Happ earlier in the year twice, and have made a habit against other teams’ lefties, too.
So it’s understandable that the Twins opted against starting soft-tossing lefty Charlie Barnes, a rookie, against the White Sox. But perhaps that would have worked out better for the Twins than the plan they actually selected.
Instead of Barnes, the Twins turned to reliever Beau Burrows. The plan backfired. A Tim Anderson leadoff home run set the tone in an 11-1 shellacking on Monday night at Target Field in a game that more or less ended almost soon as it started.
By the time the Twins had their first crack at White Sox starter Lucas Giolito, they were trailing by four runs. By the time they hit in the second inning, it was a seven-run deficit.
The bulk of the Chicago offense came from slugger Eloy Jiménez, playing in just his 10th game this season after rupturing his pectoral in spring training. Jiménez hit a two-run home run off Burrows in a 45-pitch first inning and followed it up with a three-run blast in the second.
The bleeding finally stopped in the third when Edgar García, claimed last month off waivers, retired the first seven batters he faced in his Twins debut. García did give up one hit, a single to Yoán Moncada, who came around to score later in the fifth inning when Barnes, on in relief, allowed a double to Luis Robert.
Barnes, in his third career outing, gave up three runs in 4 2/3 innings pitched. But even as Twins pitching somewhat steadied in the later innings, it was far too late against Giolito, who allowed just two hits on the night.
Luis Arraez’s comebacker struck in the fifth struck Giolito in the leg, breaking up his no-hit bid. But Arraez was quickly wiped off the bases by a Miguel Sanó double play.
Sanó would later provide the Twins’ only run of the night, hitting a solo home run off Giolito in the eighth inning.