As the old saying goes, “Rain, rain, go away, come again some other day.” Well, on Friday night, Some Other Day finally came a’callin’ to collect.
Two separate rain delays combined for a total of two hours and twenty-four minutes of inaction, but despite the ballgame lasting well into the early hours of Saturday morning, the Twins came out on top by a final score of 6-4.
Minnesota tagged starter Heath Fillmyre for a big second inning after the Royals hurler struck out the side in the first. Logan Forsythe led off the frame with a single, and after Max Kepler hit a loooong shot (that was reviewed and confirmed foul), he walked him over to second base.
Miguel Sano plated them both with a two-run double, and a pair of singles from Jake Cave and Joe Mauer would score him, as well. With men on the corners and just one out, the Twins TOOTBLAN’d their way into tag plays at both home and first base, squelching the offense and preventing any further attacks.
A two-run homer from All-Star backstop Salvador Perez brought the Royals to within one in the very next inning.
Then, in the fourth —
Uh-oh. Looks like this recap has been hit with a routine rain delay. Don’t worry, this will pass. For full effect, please wait ninety minutes before you continue to read. Take your time. We’ll still be here.
Ah, good! It’s over! All right. Back to your regularly scheduled recap.
Then, in the fourth, Gabriel Moya had to come on in relief of Jake Odorizzi after about ninety minutes of nothing. Moya would give up two runs in the fifth, but a fielder’s choice and a bases-loaded walk for Minnesota would keep the Twins up 5-4 by the end of five.
Then, in the sixth —
OH, COME ON.
Yup, you saw that right — another rain delay. Another hour of non-baseball that none of us will ever get back. Most fans left and went to bed, or stayed in their seats and went to bed. The smart ones got up, moved to a closer seat, and THEN went to bed.
By the time play resumed, you could count an even seven people sitting behind home plate on the broadcast.
Anyway, at some point in all this madness, Jorge Polanco hit an RBI double to make it 6-4. That was the final score, so we’ll just pretend like nothing happened after the sixth inning and everybody can go home happy. Or at least go to bed. You don’t have to be happy to sleep. In fact, some of your best sleep can come if you’re unhappy. Emotional exertion, such as a heavy cry right before bedtime, can tucker your body out quickly and leave yourself receptive to a good night’s sleep for an exhausted body.
Speaking of exhausted, the Twins had to use more of their bullpen than they would have liked to today. The delays meant that Odorizzi couldn’t finish four innings, and Trevor May was held to one inning of work after striking out the side in the sixth. Trevor Hildenberger and Taylor Rogers combined for two shutout innings and four strikeouts.
The Fernando Rodney Experience came and went with little fanfare in the ninth, and Minnesota locked down a win in the series opener.
This is the part where a functioning individual puts together some news and some notes, and ties the narrative of the evening up in a nice little bow. But it’s 12:50 at night, and the more logical thing to do is to use the same amount of words — if not more — to articulate to your audience that you’re tired, issue your apologies for clunky sentences and confusing paragraphs, and urge everybody to move on with their lives, as we move onto the Studs and Duds of this game, and inch ever closer to a few glorious hours of slumber.
LF Eddie Rosario (2-for-5, 2 R)
3B Miguel Sano (2-for-4, R, 2 RBI)
RPs Not Named Gabriel Moya (4 IP, 8 K)
NO DUDS! TWINS WIN! TWINS WIN!
ROBOT ROLL CALL:
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COMMENT OF THE GAMETHREAD:
Anyone who stayed until the last out wins. You have each earned Lifetime Passes to all of my gamethreads for your dedication to the franchise, and more importantly, to me.