The Twins, coming off a little spoiling with the Tigers, continued to ruin fun for other Rust Belt cities with a 5-4, 10-inning win over Cleveland on Friday at Target Field.
Oswaldo Arcia opened the scoring with a majestic solo dong in the bottom of the 3rd. It was Ozzie's 19th dong of the season.
Cleveland immediately countered in the top of the fourth, plating two runs off Twins starter Phil Hughes. The Twins power youth movement (can we make Power Youth a thing?) evened the score in the bottom half, with Kennys Vargas contributing his own solo dong.
But the wild card-contending team from the Flats cared not for Power Youth's insouciance, as they notched two more runs off Hughes in the sixth and seventh innings. Hughes pitched a full seven innings, giving up four earned on 10 hits, striking out five and walking none.
The usual Friday routine is that the Twins will rally to get within a run and leave the tying/winning runs on base. BUT NOT TONIGHT.
Power Youth got one of the runs back in bottom of the seventh when Arcia singled in Joe Mauer. Then, after Cleveland used their entire bullpen and probably some dudes in the stands, an Aaron Hicks groundout scored the tying run in the ninth. Given that Cleveland used literally everybody already, the Twins tenth inning went as it should have: they loaded the bases with nobody out, then after a Power Youth strikeout, Trevor Plouffe's single won the game.
In other news: multiple outlets are reporting that Glen Perkins is done for the season, but surgery is not required. Lot of good news tonight. I worry about a meteor tomorrow.
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Enjoy your weekend, everybody!