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Twins cough up lead in 8th inning, lose to Royals 6-5

But hey, the Twins almost won....

"Um, excuse me, um, uh, can I just squeeze past you?"
"Um, excuse me, um, uh, can I just squeeze past you?"
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It almost looked like the Twins and pitcher Tommy Milone had this one in the bag after scoring four runs in the 6th inning, but alas. Milone hit a wall in the bottom of the 6th, giving up one earned run to the Royals, who then scored two more runs in the bottom of the 8th to earn the win.

In a classic case of David vs Goliath (dear god I never expected to use that description in this situation), the Royals scored first off an Alex Gordon long-ball, and the Twins answered back with a row of singles from Danny Santana, Torii Hunter, and Joe Mauer. The score was 1-1 going into the bottom of the 5th, when Mike Moustakas hit a two-run home run to put the Royals ahead.

But the 2015 Twins would not go quietly into the night. No. They answered back in the top of the 6th with a mighty display of power: two doubles by Mauer and Brian Dozier, followed by a bunch more singles that scored the Twins four whole runs. Four runs! One inning! Let's focus on that, and not the part where Christian Colon and Mike Moustakas combined to drive in three runs to push the Royals back over the Twins.

Oh, and Paul Molitor brought in Glen Perkins in the 8th inning for a four-out save that obviously didn't happen. But, Molitor did use Perkins in a high leverage situation, if that's the kind of thing that brings you some solace.


  • Joe Mauer: 2-for-4, 1 double, 1 RBI, now hitting .269 for the season.
  • Aaron Thompson: 0.2 innings pitched, 1 walk, 0 hits, 0 runs.
  • Everyone who voted "Kennys Vargas walks" in the game thread poll, as Kennys Vargas did indeed walk his first time up to bat: (drunk Gardy on the field is bound to happen one of these days).
  • Casey Fien: 1.0 IP, 3 hits, 2 earned runs, earned the loss.
  • Danny Santana: 1-for-5, 1 run, 2 strikeouts.

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