The Twins were actually ahead 6-3 going into the bottom of the 9th inning of this game, but a puke-worthy performance by Ryan O’Rourke—which included two home runs, one to a guy named Ryan Mountcastle—allowed the Orioles to tie things up. The two teams played through 10 innings before decided to just call it a tie and go home.
Like O’Rourke, Michael Tonkin was hit with the long ball today too, surrendering a two-run bomb to David Washington in the 8th inning. Other than those two guys in the late innings, the pitching was pretty good. Phil Hughes started the game and did give up a 1st inning run, but was able to settle down and finish 2-plus innings of work.
(h/t to @MikeBerardino)
Brandon Kintzler, Nick Tepesch and Randy Rosario each threw one perfect inning in relief. Rule 5 pick Justin Haley pitched a scoreless inning, giving up only a walk.
At the plate, it was all about Jorge Polanco, who had a three-run double and a home run for a total of four RBI. That’s the good news. The bad news is Polanco made yet another error on a throw to first base.For those keeping track at home, that’s now three errors by Polanco in four games.
Polanco was later replaced with Danny Santana, who went 0-for-2 and also committed an error—so things could be worse, I guess.
Eddie Rosario also had a offensive good day, going 2-for-4 with a triple on a bloop down the left field line. Niko Goodrum, who came in for Kennys Vargas later in the game, went 2-for-2 in his plate appearances.