It was a game that possibly almost didn’t happen due to an island wide power outage in Puerto Rico. There was also a threat of rain. But in the end we got an amazing 16 inning game from the Twins and Jose Berrios in his native Puerto Rico.
Carlos Carraso and Jose Berrios went head to head, keeping the other team off the bases and getting out of jams. The bullpens on each team followed suit when called upon and neither team scored until the 14th inning.
Both teams had plenty of scoring opportunities. So many that I am pretty much throwing away my notes on that. All in all the Twins left 14 runners on base, the Indians 12.
No actual scoring happened until the 14th inning when Edwin Encarnacion hit a homer off of Trevor Hildenberger to give the Indians a 1-0 lead.
With the game on the line, Miguel Sano came though with a HR of his own off of former Twin Matt Belisle to tie things up again sending the game to even more extra-extra innings.
In the top of the 15th, Yan Gomes lead off with a double for the Indians. Alan Busenitz then relieved Hildenberger and immediately got into more trouble by hitting Brandon Guyer to put 2 on with no outs. But Booze came through getting a huge strikeout against Francisco Lindor and a double play ball on Jason Kipnis to end the inning and the threat.
The Twins had an opportunity in the in the bottom of the 15th with Joe Mauer on 3rd with two outs. He arrived there by hitting a single to right, advancing to 2nd a wild pitch, and then to 3rd on a trowing error by Indians catcher Gomes. But Sano was unable to replicate his dinger magic from the previous inning and the Twins failed to score.
The Indians had two runners on again in the 16th, but failed to score once more.
Finally in the bottom of the 16th, Eddie Rosario walked, followed by Logan Morrison reaching on a Jason Kipnis error. The Indians then issued an intentional walk to Eduardo Escobar loading the bases. Ryan LaMarre, who came in for an injured Max Kepler, who was playing for the also sidelined Byron Buxton, knocked in the winning run with his third hit of the game scoring PR native Rosario from 3rd base.
W: Busenitz (1-0) L: Tomlin (0-2)
Jose Berrios , Miguel Sano, Ryan LaMarre, Eddie Rosario, Twins Bullpen
DUDS: No Duds Twins win!!! (Robbie Grossman meh)
Also this happened:
Late Night Roll Call:
|30||a null entry||2|
|39||Pau from the sky-tinted water||1|
|41||The Empire Strikes Out||1|
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