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Twins out hit, out score Red Sawx, 11-9

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A wild back and forth game, but the Twins won thanks to a 5-run 7th inning.

"Good game... Good game... Good game..."
"Good game... Good game... Good game..."
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It was a dark and stormy night in Boston, as the wind swirled up dust clouds and blew fly balls around unpredictably early in the game.  David Price struggled and the Twins were able to take 4-1 lead in the first two innings. Unfortunately Ricky Nolasco continued to have problems at Fenway, getting taken out after giving up five runs in the bottom half of the 2nd, including one on a wild pitch and a 3-run homer to Hanley Ramirez. The Sox took the lead, 4-6.

The Sawx held their lead going into the 7th by a score of 5-8, Clay Buchholz had taken over for Price in the 6th.  The Twins would bat around and score five runs in all and all were scored with two outs, including Max Kepler tripling in Sano on a fly to right. Incredibly, the Twins had taken back the lead, 10-8.

Big Papi hit an RBI double of off Fernando Abad to bring the Sawx to within one run in the bottom of the 7th with two outs. After intentionally walking Ramirez and loading the bases, Abad got out of the inning with a very loud fly out by Jackie Bradley to right field.

Miguel Sano redeemed himself a little more by hitting a solo HR over the uh, Monster and giving the Twins an insurance run in the 8th.

Brandon Kintzler came in in the bottom of the 9th and got the save. Twins 11, Red Sox 9.

Random Notes:

  • Kurt Suzuki left the game needing stitches after getting hit by a ball on the chin. Twins are reporting he did not have a concussion.
  • Max Kepler's mom needs to travel with the Twins. He's been on fire this series with her in the stands.
  • Miguel Sano looked a bit inept on defense again, an easy popup was hit near him, Nunez tried to run over and catch it but couldn't get there in time and the ball plopped to the ground. He gave Sano a look that could've killed any bird flying by as surely as a Randy Johnson fastball. After that, Sano made some fine defensive plays. Who says team leadership doesn't matter?
  • Every Twin that batted, got at least one hit, 19 hits in all.
  • Red Sox had 12 runners stranded in the game.
  • This Whirling Dervish slide by Vargas on a Nunez RBI to tie the game up in the 7th

Nolasco, 2.0 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

Price, 5.2 IP,  11 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

W: Pressly (4-5), 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

L: Layne, (0-1) (BS) 0.0 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

SV: Kintzler (8)

STUDS:

Eddie Rosario 4 for 4, 3 R, 2-out RBI

Miguel Sano 3 for 5, 2 R, RBI, BB

Eduardo Nunez 3 RBI, 1 leadership stat for whatever he said to Sano in the dugout

Whomever I left out, feel free to nominate in the comments

DUDS:

None, it's still close enough to Bastille Day.

ROBOT ROLL CALL!

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Comment of the Game: You guys were stingy with the recs so I'm giving it to (Drum roll)

Devereaux It was Saturday night I guess that makes it alright

My apologies for the ad hoc-iness of this recap. It was a terrific game and you folks deserve a better game recap than this one.