It isn’t every day your starter (Bubbly Bartolo in this instance) goes one inning and you need 10 pitchers to get through 9. It is even less every day when those things happen and you end you are smiling, but that is exactly what went down.
In the 1st the Twins scored 2, including an Eddie Rosario solo dong. Unfortunately Bartolo Colon and the tribe’s Edwin Encarnacion conspired to let him knock in 2 runs for Cleveland in the bottom of said inning. Bartolo would never be seen again due to “illness.”
Rosario wanted nothing to do with this “tie game” bullshit so in the 3rd he doubled in two runs. Unfortunately Tyler Duffy was secretly in on the big Colon-Encarnacion plot, leading audiences everywhere gasping. Encarnacion drove another run in, and Jay Bruce did the same.
The game stayed even until the 6th when Jason Kipnis scored on a sac-fly off the bat of Francisco Lindor. In the 7th, enemy agent Encarnacion smashed a solo homer because he’s a big meanie.
Everyone in Minnesota felt deflated. The Twins were going to lose. They were going to lose every game ever from now on. This was life now.
“Hush, child.” A calm voice whispered. “Brian Dozier is going to make everything alright.”
So he went and hit a 3 run donga-longa-ding-dong in the 8th to reclaim the lead. Byron Buxton drove in Max Kepler in the 9th off of old-friend and mathelete, Craig Breslow, to pad the lead. Matt Belisle wouldn’t need it however, pitching 1-2-3 ninth for the save. The Twins somehow beat the scorching hot Indians and shrink their magic number to 1. If the Angels lose, which it does not look like they will, The Twins will clinch. Otherwise there is always tomorrow. Well, until midnight, I guess. Then there is always today!
- This was a new team record for pitchers used in a 9 inning game, so thanks Bartolo?
- Buxton set a team record for consecutive successful steals after swiping his 23rd in a row today.
- He also did this.
STUDS: Dozier, Rosario, Buxton
DUDS: The White Sox who are currently getting blasted by the Angels.
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