Chicago – While the Chicago White Sox weren’t exactly showing their best side to Jake Peavy, the Minnesota Twins were taking out their anger on the baseball.
Joe Mauer hit a grand slam, two doubles and drove in a career-high six runs as the Twins routed the White Sox, 20-1, Thursday, matching Chicago’s most-lopsided loss in team history.
“I think a lot frustration came out today,” said Mauer, whose Twins had lost the first six games of their road trip before winning big on getaway day. “We had a rough trip. It was nice to get some runs. We kept on saying, ‘Keep at it, keep at it.’ ”
There was nothing nice about the game for the White Sox, whose only other 19-run defeat ever was a 19-0 loss at Anaheim in 2002.
“We did everything wrong we could do,” Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. “You name it, we did it wrong.”
Michael Cuddyer, Joe Crede and Matt Tolbert also homered as part of a 20-hit Minnesota attack that made the White Sox pine even more for Peavy, who blocked a trade from San Diego to Chicago on Thursday.
After talking trade with Atlanta and the Chicago Cubs during the offseason, the San Diego Padres agreed to deal their ace to the White Sox. Peavy later decided to block the trade and stay in San Diego.
“I hope Peavy didn’t watch the scoreboard today. He might say no,” said Guillen, whose club lost for the sixth time in eight games. “It would be nice to have him. If not, we have to move on and continue to fight.”
His team having lost nine straight on the road, Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire shook up his batting order. The strategy worked, with the Twins scoring at least 20 runs for only the 13th time in franchise history.
Mauer batted second for the first time this season, Cuddyer had four hits and three RBI and Tolbert drove in four runs. Cleanup man Jason Kubel had three hits and everyone in the starting lineup scored within the first three innings.
“There were a lot of good performances out there – too many to name, up and down the lineup,” Gardenhire said. “Everything kind of blew up out there. If you’ve been in the game long enough, you’ve seen those.”
Mauer’s second career grand slam capped a six-run sixth inning. Tolbert’s first big league homer, a three-run shot in the seventh, made it 20-0.