In a game that couldn’t have pleased either manager, the Tigers out-sloppied and out-slugged the Twins, with the slugging mattering mostest.
Former Twins farmhand Niko Goodrum and internationally famous romantic singer Jose Iglesias continued to put the hurt on Minnesota, as they’ve seemingly done all season. Both hit two-run, two-out dongs following a walk by scuffling starter Ervin Santana.
It actually was one of Santana’s least depressing outings since missing half the year due to surgery, with five strikeouts in six full innings. Veteran Tiger Jordan Zimmermann had better baBIP fortune, however, scattering seven hits with only the one K, and not allowing any earned runs.
The first two Twins goals/points were the result of really unforced Tiger throwing errors, and the second also involved a dropped foul that should have retired Mitch Garver. Minnesota had a boo-boo of their own, with Eddie Rosario missing a cutoff man that eventually allowed Jeimer Candelario to score. (Which was nice for him, as he’d make one of the bad throws later; Goodrum airmailed the other.)
Minnesota did manage to get Joe Mauer up as the tying run facing Tiger closer Shane Greene, then grounded out to short. Jorge Polanco, Logan Forsythe, and Ehire Adrianza all had multi-hit games. Recent trade aquisition and single-season Wandering Record holder Oliver Drake was solid in relief of Santana, retiring six of seven Tigers he faced.
TT community member Joel Hernandez (not related to any player on either team) had the silver lining comment that “Well we won’t be picking up Ervin’s option at least”. I think this is looking more & more likely, but we’ll see. Santana will be 36 next season and coming off a tough injury; yet other guys have had good years in that situation. Robot Roll Call:
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Oh, and Jake Cave had a nice catch. After almost totally faceplanting on the basepaths earlier.
Thanks to the folks who hung in there for the end, and enjoy seeing Frankie Liriano pitch tomorrow!