Interesting game tonight, even though it was a blowout. Here are a trio of things you should know about it:
— Torii Hunter looked as if he was seriously hurt when he fell to the ground in the fourth inning after being hit in the chest by left fielder Melky Cabrera’s throw to the plate. Hunter was on third base and decided not to try to score on Eddie Rosario’s short fly ball, but in his scramble to get back to the base, he got in the way of the ball. He collapsed to the ground as the ball bounced away, allowing Trevor Plouffe to move up on the play, scored an error on Cabrera.
Twins athletic trainer Tony Leo hustled out to check on him, followed by manager Paul Molitor. Cabrera came in to apologize, too, Hunter said. “He felt bad. I said, ‘Why feel bad? You threw it where you’re supposed to — baseball’s just a crazy game,” Hunter said. “I got back up OK. I didn’t know why he was apologizing, he was just doing his job. He’s a good guy.”
Hunter convinced Leo and Molitor he was OK, that it just hurt for a minute. “I got hit right in the nipple,” Hunter said. “I was telling Mollie to rub it, but he wouldn’t.”
— Just as his chest was OK, Hunter said his feelings weren’t hurt, either, when White Sox reliever Scott Carroll walked Joe Mauer intentionally in the sixth inning, loading the bases for the cleanup hitter. “That’s the right thing to do,” Hunter said. “If I was the manager, that’s what I would do. … Robin [Ventura, the White Sox manager] has been around the game a long time, he knows he should do that.”
Then again, it didn’t work. Hunter lashed a double to drive in two runs. It was the Twins’ first hit with the bases loaded this month; the team had been 0-for-9 with the bases loaded in June, albeit with two sacrifice flies.
“I took it personally, of course,” Hunter said. “I wanted to hit the ball hard. But it was the right thing to do.”
— One day after their scoring differential dipped into the negative for the first time since May 6, the Twins got back on the positive side with an 11-run victory over the White Sox. Minnesota has now scored 293 runs and allowed 285, and they can thank the White Sox for it. In 11 games with Chicago this season, the Twins have scored 12 runs once and 13 runs twice, and have outscored the Sox 70-28 overall. Against everyone else? The Twins have been outscored, 257-223. Minnesota scores an average of 6.4 runs against the White Sox, and 3.8 against the rest of MLB. Fortunately for the Twins, they still have eight games remaining with the last-place Sox.