Behind the arm of Tommy Milone the Twins picked up steam in the Wild Card race by defeating the Royals 6-2 on Monday evening. The lefty gave Minnesota seven innings, allowing just two runs in the win. Coming off one of his best starts of the season against Chicago the last time out, Milone pitched a gem against another division rival to keep the Twins 1.5 games out of a playoff spot.
Aaron Hicks led off the game with a home run. It was the second game in a row for Hicks, and the suddenly surging outfielder has reached safely in every game since coming off the disabled list. Eduardo Escobar continued his incredible stretch with three hits and collecting three RBI out of the nine spot tonight. His sixth inning double and seventh inning single helped the Twins take the lead for good.
Trevor May had a bit of scary inning in the eighth and was on the heals of a loss on Sunday, where that he admitted that "he blew the game." Well, May was able to get out of the inning unharmed and Kevin Jepsen struck out two in the ninth to close the door. It was good to see May get back out there and pitch a scoreless inning. Sure it was shaky, but it seems Molitor is going to rely on those two heavily down the stretch.
Oh in case you missed it, Torii Hunter (who is heating up BTW) gave us a tease of the pound-sing #TwinsDanceParty with the bat boy busting a move. Usually stadiums provide a bat boy for the opposing team, but we'll see if this funky fella appears in another of these again.