The Twins got on the board first in the third and it started with Ehire Adrianza getting an infield single, stealing second, advancing to third on a wild pitch, and scoring on a Ryan LaMarre sac fly. Still, Tigers starter Blaine Hardy had the Twins hitter’s number, which is 867 5309 (He’s got it.) and they did not look good against him for most of the game.
In the bottom of said inning, Miguel Cabrera swung and missed for strike two and then just walked into the dugout and into the clubhouse. Last I heard he was having an MRI done on his bicep. Hopefully the former all-star is okay!
In the 4th Jose Iglesias hit a liner off the shaky Jake Odorizzi that ended up rolling past RF Max Kepler and into the corner. Don’t blame Max though, it is hard to get a good read on balls when you are a space telescope in heliocentric orbit. Iglesias ended up on third with an RBI tri-bagger, and scored on a sac-fly.
The Twins managed a whole two baserunners in the next 3 innings and it looked like it was going to be one of “those days.” You know the ones.
Luckily an Eduardo Escobar single in the 7th was the last thing Hardy would do. Gardy pulled Hardy, but perhaps he was a little early to the party because RP Louis Coleman was tardy to reaching the bullpen carty and thus never had time to eat a hearty breakfast and perhaps receive the blessing of the Venetian goddess Astarte.
I’m sorry, I blacked out there.
Anyway Coleman walked Miguel Sano and (after getting two outs) Logan Morrison. With 2 outs and the bases loaded Ehire Adrianza came to the plate. Everyone was praying for the Twins to at least get one run out of this inning, but Ehire didn’t think they were thinking BIG enough. So obviously he decided to just hit a grand slam.
Tigers come up and Niko Goodrum hits a grounder to Adrianza who obviously throws it right over 1B Logan Morrison’s head. One on. The next three batters were outs with a Victor Martinez single sandwiched between them. So with two on and two out Jacoby Jones grounded to 3rd and Escobar....threw it right over LoMo’s head. Two runs scored. He’s not as tall as Joe, guys!
The Twins did escape the inning with one run left on their lead, so that was a plus. Sano would even single in an insurance run in the 8th, but it wouldn’t be needed because Fernando Rodney, riding in upon a mystical bullpen cart, would have a 1-2-3 9th and nab his 14th save. The 3rd place Twins (29-34) move up on the 2nd place Tigers (31-37)
Ehire Adrianza: 3 Hits and Grando Salami!
Fernando Rodney: Arrows of celebration achieved!
Miguel Sano: The only other guy to get on base twice!
The Bullpen: Didn’t screw everything up permanently!
DUDS: NO DUDS TWINS WIN!
ROBOTIC ROLL CALL!
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Today’s comment of the day is some rad humans celebrating some sick slams.