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Orioles 5, Twins 1: Minnesota needed four more runs, didn’t get ‘em

Squandered opportunities lead to the Twins’ first loss of the series.

Baltimore Orioles v Minnesota Twins
Wade “Cyrus” Miley
Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

A pair of errors and 11 men left on base (including a blown opportunity with the bases loaded in the 6th) meant that Baltimore came away with a 5-1 victory on Saturday afternoon.

The Twins got on the board first in the third, with Miguel Sano’s 21st homer of the year landing in the left field bleachers. It wouldn’t be long until Minnesota relinquished that lead; the Orioles went ahead 2-1 on a Jonathan Schoop jack in the very next inning.

A pair of errors in the 6th -- a misfired Mejia pickoff and a mishandled grounder to Escobar -- compounded the deficit, making it a 4-1 Baltimore lead. Double-E had a chance for redemption in the bottom half, but went down swinging with the sacks juiced.

The O’s added an insurance run with a Trumbomb in the 8th, and that would be the final score.

But the REAL story of the game was the debut of Zack Granite, who pinch-hit for Ehire Adrianza in the bottom of the 8th. After looking at a pair of called strikes, Granite took a ball, fouled off four straight 95+ fastballs, worked it full, fouled off one more, then popped out weakly to left. An ultimately unsatisfying plate appearance, the stone-cold Granite was rock-solid in his first MLB at-bat, seeing 11 pitches.

Tomorrow, the Twins play their last game before sending their trio of representatives down to Miami. So before you watch Miguel Sano win the Home Run Derby on Monday, tune in at the same time tomorrow to see Kyle Gibson take on Ubaldo Jimenez in the Battle of the “Holy Moly That’s a High ERA”s.

STUDS:

DH Miguel Sano (2-for-4, solo HR)

RF Robbie Grossman (2-for-3, BB)

PH Zack Granite (11-pitch at-bat in his MLB debut)

RP Phil Hughes (1.0 IP, 1 K)

DUDS:

2B Brian Dozier (0-for 4, 2 K)

3B Eduardo Escobar (0-for-5, 3 K, fielding error) <— Yikes.

NOTES:

This was the Twins’ 16th loss in their past 19 home day games.

Robot Roll Call!

Comment of the Gamethread: TJ’s dissertation on the proper spelling of Mr. Granite’s first name