It looked, for the longest time, like the Twins were going to drop the final game of the three-game set against the Royals. In spite of allowing just three runs. Tonight's come from behind win was a lot more fun than last night's fiasco, and it just goes to show that even in the darkest of seasons there can be rays of light. Tonight's game was a good one, even if that's only because the Twins won.
Liam Hendriks got off to a rough start, surrendering a pair of runs in the first off three singles and a walk. He did settle in after that though, and although he finished just five innings with an inefficient pitch total of 98 he held Kansas City to just one run off four hits and a walk.
Josh Willingham cut the Royals' lead in half in the bottom of the first with his 34th homer of the season. He trimmed the lead to one once again in the eighth when he drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs. But the real dramatics came in the ninth and tenth innings.
In the ninth, trailing 3-2, Trevor Plouffe elevated his second home run since coming off the disabled list. Greg Holland left an 0-1 fastball middle in, and Plouffe destroyed it for number 21 on the season. The crowd, or what was left of it, cheered their hearts out. If you were one of the people still there, congratulations. You get mad Twinkie Town cred.
Francisely Bueno was no bueno for Kansas City in the bottom half of the tenth, taking just five pitches to allow the game to slip away. Alexi Casilla doubled into right leading off the frame, and Denard Span dropped one over Eric Hosmer's head in right field to seal the game.
Tyler Robertson, Casey Fien, Jared Burton, and Glen Perkins combined for five innings of shutout baseball. At this point, those four have to be the A Team. They struck out six, walked three, and Perkins allowed the solitary hit. He also pitched the scoreless ninth and tenth frames though, so we'll give him a pass on the base knock.
Have a good night folks, and we'll catch you in the morning!
No duds! Wins are nice!