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Oswaldo Freed: Twins Walk Off Angels 3-2 In Extra Innings

Oswaldo Arcia was once again the hero, this time with the game-winning hit in the 12th inning.

This picture is not from today because apparently no pictures were taken today.
This picture is not from today because apparently no pictures were taken today.
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Early in the season, we were playing "Where's Oswaldo?" because he was nowhere to be found on the field. After this homestand, I think it's safe to say that he'll be a fixture in the lineup for a while.

After delivering a go-ahead home run off Joe Smith yesterday, Arcia victimized Smith yet again today - though with a far less dramatic grounded-into-double-play - that tied the game at 2 in the 8th. He then delivered once more in the 12th, this time with a walk-off single that just eluded left fielder Rafael Ortega in the left field corner that scored Byron Buxton to complete the Twins' first sweep of 2016.

Kyle Gibson pitched very well for the Twins after giving up a 2-run homer to Albert Pujols in the 1st inning. After that inning, he allowed just three more baserunners for the remainder of his outing while pitching 7 innings for the Twins. In fact, no Angel recorded a hit after the 4th inning today.

The Twins first got on the board in the 4th inning when Trevor Plouffe had an RBI double that scored Miguel Sano, who had started the rally with a one-out double of his own. They wouldn't score again until the 8th when Sano and Plouffe led off with back-to-back singles. That brought up Arcia, who brought pinch-runner Byron Buxton home with a ground ball with the Angels choosing to go for the double play instead of trying to retire Buxton.

Minnesota had a chance to win the game in the 9th when they loaded the bases with an Eddie Rosario single, Eduardo Nunez getting hit by a pitch and Joe Mauer being intentionally walked, but Buxton grounded into a fielder's choice to end the threat.

In extra innings, neither team could muster much, and the Twins were also dealt a blow when Trevor Plouffe had to leave the game with an intercostal injury after running the bases in the 10th. In the 12th, Mauer led off against Cory Rasmus with a walk and was replaced by Buxton at first place when Buxton bunted the ball right at first baseman C.J. Cron, who threw to second base to retire Mauer. The Angels chose to bring in closer Huston Street, who did retire Eduardo Escobar but then allowed a stolen base to Buxton. This brought up Arcia, who hit a line drive down the left field line that fell just a couple feet away from a diving Rafael Ortega to give the Twins the sweep.

WP: Michael Tonkin (1-0)

LP: Cory Rasmus (0-1)


Joe Mauer (2-for-4, 2 BB), Miguel Sano (2-for-4, 2B, R), Trevor Plouffe (3-for-4, BB, 2B, RBI), Oswaldo Arcia (3-for-5, BB, RBI, game-winning hit), Kyle Gibson (7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 K), Michael Tonkin (2 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 4 K)