For the second game in a row, the Twins unleashed offensive chaos upon poor-poor Cleveland. The action started in the 3rd with a Danny Santana lead-off double. Brian Dozier followed that up with his 20th homer of the season. Joe Mauer, too lazy to think up his own way to score runs, decided to follow the Santana/Dozier plan and promptly doubled. Max Kepler was next up and does what Max Kepler apparently does and hit a two-run shot. This was his 15th (already!) Homerun on the year.
In the 4th, Jorge Polanco would double, Santana followed him with a single. Dozier grounded out for the second out of the inning, but would get an RBI anyway. Mauer followed with an RBI double. Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco realized Max Kepler would just hit another dinger, so he intentionally walked him to bring up Miguel Sano. Sano then doubled in both base-runners because Maximilian Kepler has to score somehow.
Fast forward to the bottom of the 5th. With an 8-0 lead, Twins fans were having another fun night and Kyle Gibson probably figured he just needed to keep throwing the ball and get himself an easy win. Then everything went to shit for the poor guy.
With one out already, Abraham Almonte doubled. Roberto Perez moved him over to 3rd with a groundout. With two-outs it seemed like the damage was going to be kept to a minimum. Then Carlos Santana homered. Then Jason Kipnis singled. Then Francisco Lindor singled.
*Pause for breathing*
Mike Napoli homered. Jose Ramirez Singled. Lonnie Chisenhall doubled. Finally after 6 2-out hits Molitor went to the bullpen. Michael Tonkin would walk Tyler Naquin so he could have his fun too. Finally he ended the inning by striking out Almonte.
The comfortable 8-0 lead became a lot less comfortable, but the bullpen managed to hold it there. In the top of the 9th, Eduardo Escobar padded the lead with his 5th homerun of the season (scoring Max Kepler as well, of course.) Brandon Kintzler got the 9th and sent the Indian batters down 1-2-3.
Ryan Pressly got the win for whatever reason. Carrasco took the loss. With Escobar's dong in the 9th, the Twins set a club record on 19 XBH in a 2-game span. That's pretty cool!
Max Kepler: 1 for 2 with 3 walks, 2 RBIs, 3 runs and 1 HR.
Joe Mauer: 2 doubles, 2 runs. 2 nice plays at first.
Danny Santana: 3 for 4 with 2 runs.
The 5th inning version of Kyle Gibson.
Comment of the Gamethread:
Whoever changed the wikipedia entry for the Indians to say "Owner: Max Kepler."
Roll my call
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