Minnesota Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe blasted his first career grand slam to break a scoreless tie in the third inning as Minnesota went on to beat the White Sox 13-3 this afternoon at Target Field.
For the Twins, it was all the team would need to complete a four game sweep of their AL Central rivals and push the team above the .500 mark. For Plouffe, the homer was just the cherry on top to what has been a very strong stretch of baseball for him personally.
The 28-year old third baseman now leads the team in home runs and runs batted in, which might shock any fan who has been out of the mix for the past few weeks. Plouffe was batting just .105 with only one RBI through seven games as Minnesota fell to 1-6 out of the gate.
A walk off home run against the Indians on April 17th helped raise his average to .143 and it’s been all uphill for both Plouffe and the Twins ever since. Minnesota is 12-6 in their last 18 games and Plouffe has now settled in nicely as the team’s new cleanup hitter, batting .297 with three home runs and 12 RBIs in just nine games played there.
With his slow start behind him, Plouffe is continuing his trend as one of the top offensive third baseman in the Majors. He finished among the top five third baseman in both runs driven in and extra-base hits last year, putting himself ahead of many of the “big name” players at the position including Pablo Sandoval and David Wright.
Plouffe and the streaking Twins will have even more opportunities to add to their number in the wins column as May continues. Minnesota has 24 games remaining in the month but only six of those games will come against team that are currently above .500.
Coming off their four game sweep of the White Sox, the Twins will stay at home and begin a four game set with the Athletics tomorrow night. Phil Hughes is scheduled to take the ball for Minnesota while Oakland will counter with Jessse Hahn.