The Chicagoland long-ball barrage of August 2013 is now over.
And the Twins return home this week having emerged on the better end of it.
Brian Dozier and Joe Mauer's fifth-frame home runs provided enough leeway in Minnesota's 5-2 victory Sunday that closed out a 3-1 series win against the White Sox. The twin shots were the team's 10th and 11th of the four-game stretch, perpetuating a remarkable streak that compensated for an even more remarkable trend of futility.
Against their fellow American League Central Division bottomfeeder, all 19 of the Twins' runs this weekend came courtesy of home runs. By conventional baseball wisdom, they never should've been such a formidable offensive threat -- they went an astoundingly low 3-for-37 with runners in scoring position.
A bizarre series for two teams grappling for mere respectability.
Halfway through its conclusion, Dozier lofted a 1-0 Jose Quintana slider over the left field fence to drive in three runs. Jamey Carroll singled, and M...