The way this game started, it looked like the Twins were going to just steamroll the White Sox tonight. Clete Thomas reached on a throwing error by Gordon Beckham. Joe Mauer launched a home-run to left field, his seventh of the year. Josh Willingham and Justin Morneau both reached, sitting at third and second respectively. The White Sox coaches made a call to the bullpen, and went to visit starter John Axelrod on the mound.
I really thought the White Sox were about to pull their starter with one out in the first inning.
Axelrod, however, stayed in the game--which was good because he then walked Oswaldo Arcia and gave up a two-run single to Trevor Plouffe, putting them on second and first respectively. Arcia was then thrown out at home on a weird play for the third out.
After throwing a three-up, three-down first inning on 11 pitches, Mike Pelfrey unfortunately started to Pelfrey', giving up a double to Paul Konerko and an ensuing home run to Conor Gillaspie. Pelfrey had a good start overall, however, giving up only one more run in the 5th inning that was partially thanks to Clete over running a ball and letting it fall behind him.
The Twins and the Sox then went back and fourth a bit, piranha-ing a couple runs off each other. The Twins were still ahead 5-4 going into the top of the 8th inning, but then Paul Konerko (*first towards the sky* KOONNEEERRRKOOO!!!!!) tied it up with an RBI single.
But then, with two outs in the bottom of the 8th inning, the Twins mounted a rally against White Sox reliever Ramon Troncoso. Clete drew a walk off, followed by a single from Joe Mauer. Doumit then followed through with his game winning, two-out, two-run double to put the Twins up 7-5.
Glen Perkins game in for the 9th and did what Glen Perkins does--shut it down.
Bullet Point Highlights
- Oswaldo Arcia made the third out in the first inning on what looked like a base running flub--but as astutely noted by Twinkie Town member Can't Read Good, it probably wasn't much of a flub. Pedro "P-Flo" Florimon hit the ball right to Gordon Beckham by second base. Beckham flipped it to Alexi Ramirez, who should have gotten Plouffe out at second, but just missed it; it was probably too late to get Florimon at first. So Ramirez threw home. With two outs on an easy infield grounder to second, Arcia would normally have no reason to stop at third, nor Joe Vavra a reason to stop him.
- P-Flo was called out stealing a base in the 6th inning, but he was clearly, clearly safe (no tag attempt was even made). Clete Thomas singled just after, which likely would have given the Twins at least another run.
- Ryan Doumit: 3 for 4, 1 walk, 2 RBI (game winning RBIs!). Also caught the game.
- Joe Mauer: 3 for 5, 1 Home Run, 2 RBI, 2 runs. Did a good job playing first base (4th time this year) too.
- Glen Perkins: 1 inning pitch, 1 save, 0 hits, 2 strike outs.
- Oswaldo Arcia: 0 for 3, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts.
- Casey Fein: 1 inning pitched, allowed 1 inherited run; 0 hits, BUT 2 wild pitches; kind of all over the place.
- Jared Burton: 1 inning pitched, 1 earned run, 1 walk, technically got the blown save.
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