Twins Fall To White Sox 4-1 In Home Opener

Twins Fall To White Sox 4-1 In Home Opener Click to Enlarge Photo: Steven Coursolle (KNSI)

Apr 11, 2016 at 7:38 pm

MINNEAPOLIS (KNSI) — The early-season struggles continued for the Minnesota Twins at Target Field on Monday. The Chicago White Sox (5-2) beat the Twins (0-7) 4-1 in Minnesota’s home opener to extend the Twins’ losing streak to seven, as Minnesota has yet to win a game in the 2016 season.

After a scoreless opening inning, the White Sox got on the scoreboard first in the top of the second when Brent Lawrie singled to center and drove in Todd Frazier to put the White Sox up 1-0. Lawrie played very well for Chicago, going 2 for 4 with a pair of singles and a hit by pitch.

With the bases loaded in the top of the fourth, Austin Jackson hit a foul ball that came within inches of the left foul pole. On the next pitch, Jackson hit a two-run RBI single that scored Avisail Garcia and Lawrie to increase the White Sox lead to 3-0. 

The Twins answered in the bottom of the fourth as Miguel Sano scored Minnesota’s lone run on a fielder’s choice.

Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson allowed three runs, one of them earned on 107 pitches, 64 for strikes in his losing effort. It was Gibson’s first career loss to the White Sox in seven starts.

The frustration was evident throughout the game as fans could be heard booing loudly in the stands. Twins skipper Paul Molitor acknowledged the angry crowd after the game. 

“We didn’t give them a lot to cheer about today.” Molitor said. 

The offense continues to be problematic for Minnesota. The Twins have scored just 13 runs in seven games, good for 29th in the league. Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe noted that one reason for the slow start maybe some inexperience in the line-up.

“I think we’re pressing a little bit,” Plouffe said. “When we have runners in scoring position, guys are trying to do way too much. And that’s something that is gonna happen when you have a younger team like we do. And that’s up to guys like me and [Brian] Dozier and Joe [Mauer] and Kurt [Suzuki] to try to calm everyone down and explain and reinforce it. We need to get one run in at a time. 

The Twins will make history if they battle their way into the playoffs. A team that started 0-7 has never made the postseason in MLB history. They will have their first day off on Tuesday before they rematch with the White Sox on Wednesday. Twins first baseman Joe Mauer says he welcomes the day off.

“Off days always help,” Mauer said. “We don’t get too many of them so off days always help.”

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