MLB Game Recap - Minnesota at Chicago Sox
Sun Jul 26, 2020 2:10 PM EDT

MIA
11
PHI
6
F
NYY
3
WSH
2
F
TOR
5
TB
6
F(10)
DET
3
CIN
2
F
KC
2
CLE
9
F
BAL
7
BOS
4
F
SEA
7
HOU
6
F
MIN
14
CHW
2
F
PIT
5
STL
1
F
MIL
1
CHC
9
F
COL
5
TEX
2
F
ARI
4
SD
3
F
LAA
4
OAK
6
F
ATL
14
NYM
1
F
SF
3
LAD
1
F

July 26, 2020 2:10 PM

Final

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Minnesota (2-1)

4

5

0

1

0

0

0

3

1

14

13

0

Chicago Sox (1-2)

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

2

6

0

W: Maeda (1-0)

L: Lopez (0-1)

MIN - HR: Gonzalez (1) , Cave (1) , Cruz 2 (3)

CHW - HR: Robert (1)

Cruz homers twice and Twins beat White Sox 14-2
Sun Jul 26, 2020 6:43 PM

CHICAGO (AP) — Jake Cave hit a grand slam, Nelson Cruz homered twice and Kenta Maeda was strong in his debut with his new team, helping the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 14-2 on Sunday.

Cruz added two doubles and drove in seven runs for the reigning AL Central champion Twins, who won two of three. Maeda (1-0), a Japanese right-hander who was traded in February from the Los Angeles Dodgers, allowed two runs and struck out six in five innings.

Highly touted rookie Luis Robert hit his first career home run and right-hander Reynaldo López (0-1) and left fielder Eloy Jiménez exited early with injuries for the White Sox.

Cave hit his second career grand slam in the first. Jiménez crashed into the fence chasing the ball and left the following inning because he was light headed.

Cruz hit a three-run double before Eddie Rosario doubled and Luis Arraez singled to extend the Twins' lead to 9-0 in the second inning.

Cruz smacked a 435-foot solo shot in the fourth and added a three-run drive in the eighth for his 35th career multi-homer game. He went 7 for 13 with 10 RBIs and three home runs in the series.

Marwin Gonzalez added a solo shot in the ninth for the Twins, who hit a major league-record 307 homers last season.

Robert hit a first-pitch, two-run homer off Maeda to cut the Twins' lead to 10-2 in the fifth.

López exited with right shoulder tightness after recording just two outs, throwing 38 pitches and allowing four runs. Lopez was 0-3 with a 9.60 ERA in three starts against the Twins last season.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: C Willians Astudillo (COVID-19) has been cleared to join the St. Paul group after testing negative. No timeline is set for his return to the 30-man roster. He missed all of summer camp after testing positive for the virus. …RHP Jake Odorizzi (sore back) will throw a bullpen session early this week, manager Rocky Baldelli said. …CF Byron Buxton (sprained left foot) could return Tuesday in the home opener against St. Louis. …LHP Lewis Thorpe exited after a grounder hit his leg in the eighth.

White Sox: INF Yoán Moncada, who missed the start of summer camp due to COVID-19, got Sunday off for rest but is expected to play all three games in Cleveland, manager Rick Renteria said. …OF Nomar Mazara, who went on the 10-day IL Wednesday for an undisclosed reason, is "progressing well," Renteria said.

UP NEXT

Twins: RHP Homer Bailey makes his Minnesota debut in Tuesday's home opener against St. Louis and RHP Carlos Martinez. Bailey went 13-9 with a 4.57 ERA with Kansas City and Oakland last season.

White Sox: RHP Dylan Cease, who was 4-7 with a 5.79 ERA last season, starts at Cleveland to open a three-game series Monday. RHP Aaron Civale pitches for the Indians.

Pitchers of Record

Minnesota IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
K. Maeda (W, 1-0) 5 4 2 1 6 3.60 1.000
Chicago Sox IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
R. Lopez (L, 0-1) 0.2 3 4 2 0 54.00 7.500

Batting Leaders

Minnesota AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
N. Cruz 5 4 4 2 7 0 12 0 9.6
M. Gonzalez 5 2 1 1 1 0 5 0 2.0
Chicago Sox AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
A. Engel 4 3 1 0 0 0 5 0 3.8
L. Robert 3 1 1 1 2 1 4 0 2.1

Team Comparison

MIN CHW
At Bats 40 32
Hits 13 6
Batting Average .325 .188
On Base Percentage .413 .297
Slugging Percentage 0.700 0.344
Doubles 3 2
Triples 0 0
Home Runs 4 1
Total Bases 28 11
Walks 4 5
Strikeouts 7 10
Stolen Bases 0 0
Caught Stealing 0 0
Runners Left On Base 5 8
Hits / At Bats with Runners In Scoring Position 6/11 1/6
Double Plays Fielded 2 0
Errors 0 0

2020 Regular Season - MIN Leads Series 2-1

Date Result Winner Loser
Fri Jul 24 MIN 10 @ CHW 5 T. May L. Giolito
Sat Jul 25 MIN 3 @ CHW 10 D. Keuchel R. Dobnak
Sun Jul 26 MIN 14 @ CHW 2 K. Maeda R. Lopez

Game Information

Stadium: Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 0
Game Time: 3:38
Weather: 93F, Partly Cloudy
Wind:
Umpires: Home Plate - ?, First Base - ?, Second Base - ?, Third Base - ?