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Twins 5, Nationals 6: Twins lose in 16

The game that would never end.

"Hey why don't we play 16 innings wouldn't that be fun"
"Hey why don't we play 16 innings wouldn't that be fun"
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This was a tough loss.

Tyler Duffey was pretty good for 4 innings, only surrendering a lead-off HR to Matt Den Decker. He left the game in the 5th after being hit in the shoulder by a line drive off of Matt Den Decker.

As for the Twins offense, they were able to manufacture a run off a Buxton double (buxtouble?), who came in later on an Eduardo Nunez single in the 3rd. The bats were relatively quiet after that, until the 8th inning.  Joe Mauer hit a pinch-hit single, then Nunez hit a high chopper to SS for a single.

The next plate appearance was good enough to warrant a paragraph. Put simply though: Dozier had a nice rip. Strasburg, well over 100 pitches, was still hitting 95 mph on his fastball as he battled Brian Dozier. A strike followed by 3 balls set Brian up with a hitter's count. Strasburg came back, though, and blew a fastball by him to bring the count to 3-2. The next pitch was a slider that the entire crowd thought was a swing and a miss, but Dozier caught a piece for the foul. Strasburg then challenged Dozier with a fastball but Dozier was ready for it and turned it around, but it hooked foul. The next fastball, though, Dozier cranked for a 3 run HR. 4-1 Twins.

And then the Nationals got 2 runs off of Trevor May in the bottom of the 8th. And then Bryce Harper hit a pinch hit HR in the bottom of the 9th off of Kevin Jepsen. Tie game, 4-4, we went to extras.

Nothing much happened in the next 5 innings. The Twins had some chances, the Nationals had some chances, but no runs scored let's just put it at that. Fernando Abad pitched out of a tough spot in the 10th and struck out the side in the 11th. Ryan O'Rourke pitched scoreless 12th, 13th, 14th, and 15th innings.

Finally, the Twins knocked in a run on a Miguel Sano single in the top of 15th inning. Michael Tonkin replaced O'Rourke in the bottom of the 15th with 2 outs, after Ryan had walked Espinosa. With pitcher Oliver Perez batting, Espinosa stole second base. Perez layed down a bunt, and John Ryan Murphy overthrew Joe Mauer, allowing Espinosa to score the tying run.

The Twins went quietly in the top of the 16th, and then Chris Heisey hit a solo-hr in the bottom half to end the game, which lasted nearly 6 hours.

This was painful. The Twins go home to face the Indians who just got done sweeping the Tigers.

Good night.


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