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Twins Get Walked-Off 4-3 By Indians

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The Twins lost in the bottom of the 9th thanks to a misplay by an infielder playing the outfield.

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It was odd that Eduardo Escobar was playing left field for the first time in his career. For most of the game, he looked just fine, though that was thanks to a bunch of flies and liners that were hit right at him. Finally in the 9th inning, Asdrubal Cabrera hit one hard enough that Escobar had to retreat to the track, and because he had no idea where the outfield fence was located, that led to a leadoff double in the 9th that would eventually become the winning run for the Tribe as the Twins lost 4-3.

Fans might blame Escobar for not knowing that he hadn't even reached the warning track yet, but seriously, there's no reason he should have been in left field tonight. Pedro Florimon is in the lineup for his glove, but that cannot outweigh the fact he has an OPS of .348 through the first month of the season. I'm no fan of Chris Herrmann, but at least he's had experience in the outfield and probably would have caught that ball.

The walk-off covers up an excellent start by Ricky Nolasco - including an unfathomable 9 strikeouts in only 6 innings - and a good effort in relief by Danny Santana, who pinch-hit for Florimon and collected an RBI single and later a double.

WP: John Axford (1-3)

LP: Casey Fien (3-1)

Studs

Ricky Nolasco (6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 9 K), Danny Santana (2 for 2, 2B, RBI), Josmil Pinto (2 for 4, 2B, robbed of extra-base hit by Nyjer Morgan), Brian Dozier (1 for 3, BB, 2 RBI)

Duds

Trevor Plouffe (0 for 4, 2 K), Jason Kubel (0 for 4, 3 K)