Huge game could be wake-up call for Adam Dunn
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org May 15, 2013 11:04PM
How they scored
TWINS FIRST Carroll doubled. Mauer singled, Carroll to third. Willingham singled, Carroll scored, Mauer to second. One run. Twins 1, White Sox 0.
Twins second Hicks fouled out. E.Escobar homered to right on a 1-1 count. One run. Twins 2, White Sox 0.
White Sox third Wise lined out. Al.Ramirez struck out. Rios singled. Rios stole second. A.Dunn homered to center on a full count, Rios scored. Two runs. White Sox 2, Twins 2.
White Sox fourth Viciedo homered to right on a 2-1 count. One run. White Sox 3, Twins 2.
White Sox fifth Al.Ramirez singled. Rios singled, Al.Ramirez to second. A.Dunn doubled, Al.Ramirez scored,Rios to third. Swarzak pitching. Konerko struck out. Gillaspie was intentionally walked. Viciedo hit a sacrifice fly, Rios scored. Two runs. White Sox 5, Twins 2.
Twins sixth E.Escobar fouled out. Florimon walked. Lindstrom pitching. Florimon stole second. Carroll singled, Florimon scored. Mauer doubled, Carroll to third. Willingham grounded out, Carroll scored. Two runs. White Sox 5, Twins 4.
White Sox seventh Duensing pitching. A.Dunn grounded out. Konerko singled. Gillaspie singled, Konerko to second. Roenicke pitching. Viciedo popped out. Keppinger doubled, Konerko scored, Gillaspie scored. Two runs. White Sox 7, Twins 4.
White Sox eighth Wise grounded out. Al.Ramirez struck out. Rios walked. A.Dunn homered to center on a 1-0 count, Rios scored. Two runs. White Sox 9, Twins 4.
Updated: June 18, 2013 7:39AM
MINNEAPOLIS — No rest, no problem for Adam Dunn.
A bleary-eyed, sleep-deprived Dunn erupted in a big, big way on Wednesday, launching two home runs to left-center field and leaving a mark on the left-field wall with a double in the White Sox’ 9-4 victory against the Minnesota Twins.
Sleep on the road can be an issue for Dunn, and he couldn’t shut it down when his head hit the pillow in the team hotel after Tuesday night’s game. He flipped on the CMT network hoping to doze off, and that didn’t help.
“Saw the sun come up,’’ he said.
Finally, he fell asleep for a couple of hours, but that was it. With results such as Wednesday’s, who’s complaining?
“It’s frustrating when everything feels like it’s supposed to and there are no results,’’ Dunn said. “It’s good to see the tweaks and changes we’ve made in my setup produce results.
The multihit game was the third of the year for Dunn, who has raised his game over the last few games by raising his hands in his stance. Dunn’s average is .156, so he’s not out of the woods. But he took an important step. He passed Darrell Evans for 46th the all-time list with the 414th and 415th homers of his career.
Dylan Axelrod is fighting to hold his spot in the rotation, but he’s likely fighting a losing battle no matter how well he pitches.
John Danks will be back soon, probably after a start or two for Class AAA Charlotte, and Axelrod or Hector Santiago will get crowded out of the rotation and into the bullpen. The Sox seem intent on giving Santiago, who has superior stuff, an extended run at being a starter.
Axelrod battled out of jams in four innings during his 51/3-inning stint, allowing three runs on nine hits to collect his first win.
“There’s guys in the league who don’t light up a radar gun, but he just gets outs,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. “He knows how to pitch.’’
“Those are not easy [decisions] when he comes back. But it’s at least been nice to get Dylan the shot.’’
Second baseman Gordon Beckham left the team before the game for Charlotte. He will begin playing games Saturday or Sunday in Buffalo in a minor-league rehab stint. Beckham, who had surgery to remove his left hamate bone, could play for the Sox next weekend against Miami.
“I’m tired of watching games, that’s for sure,’’ Beckham said. “It’s going to be nice to play. It’s all dictated by my hand and how it feels.’’
Beckham said he’ll take a lot of pitches and get deep into counts to see as many pitches as he can since, “Results really aren’t important down there.’’
The Sox’ victory put them at 17-21, the same record they held last season when they went on to hold first place in the AL Central for 117 days.
If it doesn’t feel like last season, you’re not alone.
“I feel like we should be 15 or 20 games out because we’ve played as bad as we can possibly play,’’ Dunn said. “But we’re not. There’s going to be a point where we start to play good baseball. It is early.’’