It was better that the White Sox laugh than cry Thursday after equaling their worst loss in franchise history.
Less than two hours before the Sox lost out on San Diego's two-time All-Star pitcher Jake Peavy, many shortcomings were exposed in a 20-1 humbling by Minnesota.
"If you cry after this one, it might happen again," center fielder Brian Anderson said. "It's one of those things it's rare it happens. It's one of the most humbling experiences in baseball."
Joe Mauer drove in six runs as the Twins snapped a six-game losing streak with a 20-hit attack against Bartolo Colon and three Sox relievers.
At one point, Anderson said he looked over at right fielder Jermaine Dye and left fielder Scott Podsednik and thought, "is this really happening?"
Manager Ozzie Guillen said he was going to dinner with his wife, Ibis, at an ethnic restaurant where he thought the clientele knew little about baseball.
Thankfully, reliever D.J. Carrasco threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings that prevented Guillen from considering the lowest depths of a pitching staff -- using a position player on the mound to finish a game.
"I hope I never have to do it in my career," Guillen said. "That's the last thing I like to do as a manager. I think [Lance] Broadway and [Jimmy] Gobble and Carrasco saved our bullpen once again. I'm not going to say that's more embarrassing when you have put a position player there because it might happen to me, but that's the last thing a manager likes to do."
The Sox had no choice but to reach deep into their bullpen after Colon allowed eight runs on seven hits in two innings.
"I always think positive," Guillen said. "Colon is going to be real fresh for the next start. That's all I can say about Colon."
But Colon was hardly to blame entirely. The first of two errors by third baseman Wilson Betemit led to seven unearned runs in the second.
The Sox offense was held scoreless for seven innings by Nick Blackburn, whose concentration didn't waver after being staked to an 8-0 lead after 1 ½ innings.
Scott Podsednik was picked off first base in the first inning, and he was later caught off first on Alexei Ramirez's line drive with the bases loaded and no outs that resulted in a double play.
The Sox avoided their seventh shutout when Carlos Quentin, in his first game since Friday, hit an RBI single in the eighth inning.
Otherwise, this was a new low as the Sox (17-23) failed to win their third consecutive game for the second time this season.
"We did everything we could do wrong," Guillen said. "You just name it, we did it wrong. We made bad pitches, we didn't make the plays when we had to make the plays, we made a lot of mistakes on the basepaths, and that's the result."Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times