Sitting by his locker Thursday morning, Twins rookie Oswaldo Arcia rolled up his right sleeve and showed off a red welt from where a Chris Sale pitch had hit his upper triceps the night before. Was it sore? Arcia shook his head, smiled and shrugged. A few hours later, in an 8-4 Twins victory, the young Venezuelan slugger went out and showed the Chicago White Sox exactly what he thought of their apparent intimidation tactics. Clubbing his fifth homer of the season and the first since his latest recall from the minor leagues, Arcia set off a record power day for the Twins as they completed their first three-game series sweep since last July. "He gets knocked down, they're brushing him back, and he stays on the ball," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "When these guys start buzzing you and knocking you back, the best way (to answer) is to get hits. Put 'em in the seats. You'll earn your respect through that." In becoming the first of four Twins to homer off White Sox lefty John Danks, Arcia resembled a grill master flipping a sizzling burger on a hot summer day. The lefty swinger reached out for a 1-0 pitch on his first at-bat and flicked an 85-mph cutter from Danks over the wall in right field. It traveled an estimated 408 feet. Later in the second inning, newly restored leadoff man Brian Dozier homered for the second time in as many games. Clete Thomas and Eduardo Escobar added back-to-back homers in the fourth to help build a 6-1 lead for Twins starter Scott Diamond (5-6). That marked the first time in Twins history that their leadoff and bottom three hitters had homered in the same game. Yet it was Arcia who made the loudest statement in the series. His second three-hit game in nine days pushed his batting average to .333 (10 for 30) since he was brought back from Triple-A Rochester. Five of those 10 hits have gone for extra bases, but it was a singles that spoke volumes Wednesday night. That came Arcia's first time up, on the heels of a 0-for-3, two-strikeout night against Chicago on Tuesday. Sale, perhaps the game's nastiest lefty, had dusted Arcia with a 96 mph heater. Arcia immediately responded by smashing a 97-mph Sale fastball back through the box, knocking down the scarecrow-like lefty. Arcia barked something in Spanish as he crossed first base with that infield hit, and he might have clapped his hands a bit too forcefully for the visitors' tastes. Two trips later, an 88-mph Sale slider rode up and in on Arcia, plunking the rookie on the upper right arm.
Arcia ignites homer barrage as Twins sweep White Sox
St. Paul Pioneer Press | Jun 21