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Story by Liz Alper
Photo: Jason Castro had two home runs that contributed to the Twins' crushing defeat of the Padres. The Twins hit seven home runs, a Target Field record. Via @Twins on Twitter
September 12, 2017 (Minneapolis) - After not getting the sweep of the Dbacks on Sunday, the Padres decided that they’d had enough of the National League and took a vacation to Minnesota to face the Twins for two games. Travis Wood started tonight’s game one against Kyle Gibson for the Twins.
The vacation idea worked out well. Brian Dozier homered in the first to give the Twins a 1-0 lead.
Jason Castro added on in the second with a single that scored Eddie Rosario. Ehire Adrianza singled to score Robbie Grossman, Joe Mauer scored two with a two-RBI single and Jorge Polanco topped it off with a two-run homer and the Twins led 7-0.
Castro added on in the third with another two-run homer to make it 9-0 Twins.
Rosario added the third two-run homer of the night for the Twins in the fourth to make it 11-0.
Castro hit another solo shot in the fifth. 12-0.
Eduardo Escobar added another homer in the sixth. 13-0. One wonders if this is how Dante felt in the depths of Hell.
In the seventh, Kennys Vargas put the icing on the cake with a three-run bomb and the Twins punished the Padres with a 16-0 win. So much for that AL vacation idea.
Tomorrow’s finale is at 5:10 p.m. Dinelson Lamet starts against Twins ace Ervin Santana.