This started off rough for the Twins and Trevor May, who gave up two runs to team USA in the top of the first inning. However, May did go on to have an okay (?) overall outing, pitching 3.2 innings and giving up no more runs after the first. It was like a spring training Brad Radke, or something.
The Twins tied things up in the bottom of the second inning thank to a Max Kepler double, a ByungHo Park walk, and RBI singles from Jason Castro and Jorge Polanco.
The game remained tied at 2-2 for awhile. Old friend Pat Neshek pitched a hit-less and score-less inning for team USA. Byron Buxton made a great catch in center field in the 5th inning. Cory Provus and Danny Gladden had the longest in-game interview OF ALL TIME with Paul Molitor.
The Twins finally broke up the tie in the bottom of the sixth inning. Nick Gordon led off the inning with a double, and eventually scored on a sac fly from Park.
A bunch of Twins players played for Team USA too (I know... it’s weird). Tanner English, Levi Micahel, and LaMonte Wade were among the position players who appeared for USA in the team, along with pitchers D.J. Baxendale, Drew Rucinski, Alex Wimmers, and Aarong Slegers. Like, can’t Team USA even get their own players? Geez. As SooFoo Fan said in the game thread, “I wanna see a loaner Twin charge the mound.”
Team USA threatened again in the ninth, getting runners on second and third with no outs. Luckily, Craig Breslow and his new arm slot were able to work out of the jam and preserve the meaningless win for the Twins.