Minnesota Twins slugger Miguel Sano didn’t play in last nights (May 9th) contest as the Twins traveled to Chicago to take on the White Sox. Sano was serving his one game suspension for an incident that happened earlier in the season. This was the first game all season the line up didn’t consist of number 22. With Sano out the Twins needed to find production elsewhere, this is hard to do as Sano currently leads the team in batting avg, homers and runs batted in.
The Twins managed to get 12 hits and 7 runs on route to a 7-2 victory with Sano out. 8 of the 9 players got a hit last night, Jason Castro failed to do so. Buxton lead the team with 3 hits, Mauer and Polanco had 2 a piece. The power came off of Kenny Vargas’s bat in the 4th inning when he hit a 2 run homer, his fourth of the season.
Even though Castro was not able to help the team offensively he was effective behind the plate aiding Hector Santiago. Santiago pitched 6.2 innings giving up only 2 earned runs on 3 hits. This start helped lower Santiago’s ERA to 2.76. Santiago did however struggle with control as he walked 5 White Sox hitters. Even with his poor control Santiago recorded his 4th win of the season and it came against the team that once drafted him.
Phil Hughes is on the mound tonight with a 4-1 record trying to get the series win. Hughes ERA is over 4 but he is coming off his best start of the season. Hughes should have the teams leading offensive player back in the line up as Sano is scheduled to start. First pitch is at 7:10 and can be seen on FSN.