The Twins struck first (in the 2nd.) when Juan Centeno doubled in Eduardo Escobar. Escobar smashed a solo dong in the 4th, which would end up being the most eventful inning of the ballgame. Mostly, for the Twins, in a bad way.
Starter Jose Berrios got into some trouble, but an RBI double-play ground-out off the bat of Kendrys Morales limited the damage while still tying the game.
Max Kepler blooped in Brian Dozier the very next inning to give the Twins back the lead, however Berrios again struggled in the bottom half of the inning, hitting Paulo Orlando and then gifting him 2nd base on a wild pitch. Soon after giving up a single, Berrios was pulled with runners on the corners. Buddy Boshers came in and failed to get Jarrod Dyson out, who singled Orlando in and re-tied the ballgame. Boshers got the next batter and closed the books on Berrios. His final line was 4.2 IP, 3 ER on 4 hits and 1 walk. He struck out no-one.
Very little of note happened for a long breadth of time after this. If striking out and leaving runners on were steps in the waltz, the Twins’s day would have been one of the more brilliant dances you’ve ever seen.
In the 8th with speedster Terrance Gore on 3rd with one out, the Royals went for a squeeze play and James Beresford made a nice diving catch, tossing the ball to Sano at third for a double play and preserving the tie.
That didn’t matter though because loltwins. To start the bottom of the 11th, Tommy Milone walked Raul Mondesi. Mondesi then stole second and was bunted over to 3rd. Milone then intentionally walked time-traveler Whit Merrifield and Eric Hosmer to get to Billy Burns.
Burns hit the ball to the outfield. Byron Buxton caught it but that was never going to matter. Game over. Loss 101 for the Twinkies! On the bright side, the 1st pick of the draft is officially ours!
Eduardo Escobar: 2-4 with 2 runs, a RBI a HR and a walk.
myjah: Won a radio contest!
The Twins bullpen pitchers not named Milone.
Jose Berrios (I still believe in you Jose!)
Buxton and Sano: (3 strikeouts each. Sano 0-5, Buxton 0-4.)
Not a good day for the youth movement!
Comment of the Gamethread:
(In reply to a fan at a Yankee game proposing on screen and dropping the ring.)
“No, the Fan was not Robbie Grossman.” - DNOMN8R314 whose name I just actually payed attention to reading for the first time and realized it wasn’t gibberish.
Oh wow I really need to learn to shut up.
See y’all tomorrow!