Tigers starter David Price completely dominated the Twins tonight, giving up zero earned runs over eight innings. Luckily, the Tigers are somewhat inept in the field and the Twins were able to score two unearned runs in the 5th inning, but it wasn't enough.
Ian Kinsler got the scoring started early, hitting a lead-off home run on Mike Pelfrey's second pitch of the game. Luckily, Pelfrey was able to settle down and kept the score 1-0 through five innings.
The bottom of fifth did not go well for the Tigers. Brian Dozier led off the inning, reaching second on an error by Nick Castellanos, then scoring on a single by Trevor Plouffe. With Torii Hunter batting, Price through a Wild Pitch and Trevor advanced to second. Torii then hit a single that deflected off Castellanos' golden glove into left field. Plouffe scored and the Twins took the lead.
The next inning, however, Pelfrey surrendered one run on a handful of hits to the Tigers to tie the game back up. He managed to pitch a scoreless seventh inning, and hey, 2 earned runs over 7 innings isn't bad, right?
Then came the 8th inning. With the score still tied 2-2, Pelfrey came back out to pitch,and perhaps he should not have come back out. Pelf gave up a single to Marc Krass to lead off the inning, followed by double to Anthony Gose that fell just out of Aaron Hicks' reach. But get this: Aaron Hicks picked the ball up and threw it to Eduardo Nunez, who relayed it to home in time for Kurt Suzuki to tag out Krass at the plate. It was unbelievable! Pelfrey then got Jose Iglesias to ground out, and got two strikes on Ian Kinsler, and holy cow it looked like the Twins were somehow going to escape the inning with the score still tied!
But they didn't. Ian Kinsler hit a home run—except it apparently was ruled a ground rule double, but it still scored Gose to put the Tigers ahead. And then Blaine Boyer came in to pitch and gave up a an RBI double to Yonis Cespedes, so the Twins were down 4-2 anyway, and that's how the game ended.
- Joe Mauer went -1-for-4 tonight. His one hit? A bunt to Nick Castellanos.
- Miguel Sano too a couple great 2-strike balls, but ultimately couldn't figure Price out, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
- The game was delayed for a couple minutes when a fan was hit with a foul ball. She was able to walk away with medics.
- Down on the farm, Oswaldo Arcia hit another home run for the AAA Red Wings. Kennys Vargas also hit a home run for the AA Lookouts.
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