CHICAGO, May 21—The Chicago White Sox had no idea what was in store from them. Bartolo Colon took a long time to get the first batter out, and perhaps this was a sign of things to come.
Coming into the game the Twins had lost six straight and had not won since sweeping the White Sox a week ago.
In the first, with one out Joe Mauer came up and doubled. Jusin Morneau followed that with a walk to put runners on first and second. Jason Kubel then singled to center, scoring Mauer while Morneau moved to third—Twins 1-0.
In the second inning Jose Morales started with a single to shallow center. Matt Tolbert then hit the first pitch for a single, moving Morales over to second. Nick Punto bunted to third, a perfect bunt that should have been charged by the first basemen but was not. As a result, the throw from Wilson Betemit was late and seemed to bounce of Punta's helmet running to first. On the error Morales scored, and Tolber moved to third.
Then, after Denard Span grounded out, Joe Mauer hit a sacrifice to center for the second out, scoring Tolbert from third who beat the throw to the plate. Bartolo intentionally walked Justin Morneau to get to Jason Kubel. Kubel singled to right, scoring Punto and moving Morneau over to third.
Michael Cyddyer came up next and hit the second pitch, a high fastball, for a three-run home run, scoring Morneau and Kubel. With the bases now empty, Joe Crede came up and hit a solo homer to left before Morales, in his second at bat of the inning, flied out to deep right to end the inning—Twins 8-0. Morales's fly out reached the warning track.
In the third inning a Span single and a Mauer doulbe to deep right off the fence that scored Span added a run—Twins 9-0. It was Mauer's second double of the game.
Cuddyer singled to left in the fourth, and advanced on a ground out by Crede. Morales then reached on an infield single. Benemit's throw to first sailed on him allowing Cuddyer to come around and score—Twins 10-0.
In the sixth Kubel led off with a single to deep right. Cuddyer then hit the first pitch, a single to deep left center; Kubel advanced to second. An out later, Morales walked to load the bases. Tolbert was not going to let this opportunity completely pass him up, as he singled to left center, scoring Kubel.
With the bases still loaded, Punto reached on a fielder's choice to third, and Cuddyer scored, leaving Cuddyer and Punto at the corners.
Span was then hit by a pitch from Jimmy Gobble, who was just on in relief, to load the bases again. With the count full and two outs Mauer hit a grand slam homer to center, just clearing the wall, perhaps getting a little help from the wind, Twins 16-0. It was Mauer's eighth homer on the year.
In the seventh Gomez opened with a single to left center and Cuddyer doubled to deep left. With runners on second and third, Crede grounded out to the shortstop, scoring Gomez.
Then, after a single by Morales to right, Tolber came up and hit a three run shot to left center, the fourth home run of the game for the Twins, just in case the game was still in doubt—Twins 20-0.
The final home run added insult to injury, falling in the White Sox bullpen as relievers were up and moving. It was Tolbert's first major league home run.
In the eight the Twins lost their shutout when the White Sox picked up an unearned run. A bad throw by Tolbert to Punto to try to get a double play left the runners safe at second and third. Calos Quentin hit a little single to left, scoring Brian Anderson from third—Twins 20-1.
The Twins have only one shut out on the year.
Lost in all the scoring was the gem pitched by Nick Blackburn, who pitched seven innings of shutout ball, allowing four hits and walking three.
The Twins got 20 runs on 20 hits with an error. The White Sox got one run on eight hits and two errors. The Twins (19-23) are a game ahead of the White Sox (17-23) in the American League Central, duking it out for third place in the division.
Mauer is on a 14-game hitting streak and has four home runs on the current road trip.
This week was the anniversary of another Chicago slugfest, one not so one-sided. On May 17, 1979 The Philadelphia Phillies outlasted the north side Chicago Cubs 23-22.