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Twins 6, Indians 5: Sano wins roller-coaster game with walk-off single

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The back-and-fourth in this game was enough to give you whiplash, but it turned out as a win for the Twins in the end.

SANO DID IT 4 PRINCE!
SANO DID IT 4 PRINCE!
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Another night, another walk-off.

Tonight's hero was none other than Miguel Sano, whose RBI single in the bottom of the 9th drove in Brian Dozier for the winning run.

The game started off ominously for the Twins when Ricky Nolasco gave up a home run to the second batter he faced, Jason Kipnis. Luckily, the Twins promptly tied the game back up with a lead-off double from Danny Santana and an RBI single from Brian Dozier. Ricky came back out and fanned all three batters in the top of the 2nd, and the Twins took the lead in the bottom of the inning thanks to a double from Byung Ho Park and RBI single by Kurt Suzuki. Things were looking good.

But not so fast. Juan Uribe led off the top of the 3rd with a home run, tying the game back up. Things remained tied until the bottom of the next inning when the Twins took the lead back thanks to a double from Byung Ho Park and RBI single by Kurt Suzuki (and time is apparently a flat circle).

It really went on like this for the entire game. Joe Mauer hit and RBI double in the bottom of the 5th inning to add to the Twins lead, only to have the Indians tie the game back up in the top of the 6th. Eddie Rosario hit a solo home run in the bottom of the 6th to put the Twins back ahead. The 7th and 8th innings were oddly scoreless, but with two out in the top of the 9th, Kevin Jepsen gave up a solo dinger to Mike Napoli to blow the save and tie the game once again.

Luckily, as you know, though, we have our boy Sano.

Notes

  • Joe Mauer extended his on-base streak to 21 games to open the season, the longest streak in the majors.
  • Mauer was intentionally walked for the 5th time this season, giving him 132 intentional walks for his career and passing Tony Oliva for second on the Twins all-time career leaders list.
  • Mauer also did something else pretty amazing: He changed his batting music. Joe has used T.I.'s "What You Know About That" for the past decade. He is keeping Prince's "7" (at least for now).
  • Jose Berrios arrived in the dugout during the game, grinning ear-to-ear. He will make his major league debut tomorrow.
  • At one point during the game, Brian Dozier hit a weird fly ball that flew back into the legends club and knocked the crap out of some guy's box of popcorn. Cory Provus and Danny Gladden both felt bad, so they asked on air a fan sitting near the guy and listening to the radio to ask if he wanted more popcorn. He did want more popcorn, so Danny got him some. Unfortunately, however, he was completely shown up by arch-nemesis Bert Blyleven, who gave the fan (who also didn't even catch the foul ball) a signed baseball. "No one even cared we got him more popcorn," Danny lamented on air. "We have to give him something else. Maybe there's still a Carlos Quentin jersey around here somewhere we can give him."
  • Francisco Lindor is really annoying.

STUDS

  • Miguel Sano: 1-for-4, 1 walk, game winning hit and RBI.
  • Joe Mauer: 1-for-3, 1 double, 2 walks, 1 stolen base (!!).
  • Byung Ho Park: 2-for-4, 2 doubles, 2 runs scored.
  • Ricky Nolasco: 7.1 IP, 4 earned runs on 5 hits, 9 strikeouts. Gave the bullpen much needed rest.
  • Casey Fien: 0.2 IP, 2 strikeouts.

Duds

  • Kevin Jepsen: 1 IP, 1 earned run, 3rd blown save of the season.
  • Oswaldo Arcia: 0-for-4, 3 strikeouts, only batter without a hit.

ROLL CALL!

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