MIN: Max Kepler RF, Jorge Polanco SS, Luis Arraez 2B, Miguel Sano 1B, Eddie Rosario DH, Josh Donaldson 3B, Jake Cave LF, Byron Buxton CF, Alex Avila C, Homer Bailey P
KC: Whit Merrifield RF, Adalberto Mondesi SS, Jorge Soler DH, Hunter Dozier 3B, Ryan O’Hearn 1B, Nicky Lopez 2B, Brett Phillips CF, Alex Gordon LF, Nick Dini C, Jesse Hahn P
Every run in this game was scored in one half-inning. Kansas City collected two hits in the second, one hit in the sixth, and no runs against the unstoppable Homer Bailey.
The Twins collected a total of eight hits on the night, half of them in the bottom of the seventh. Trevor Rosenthal opened the inning, but was replaced with Scott Barlow after walking Josh Donaldson, the first batter. Barlow struck out Jake Cave, before Byron Buxton came up and ripped a 3-2 pitch on a line between the left-and-center fielders to place Donaldson and take the first lead of the game. Alex Avila hit a single that moved Buxton home, and then went down when Max Kepler hit into a fielder’s choice. Jorge Polanco drew another walk, to put runners at first and second for Luis Arraez. The Twins’ second baseman hit a single towards Alex Gordon in left that allowed Kepler to score, and brought us to the final for the night.
Bailey pitched an unbelievable eight full innings, and Taylor Rogers got another three-batter save.
- If the real Homer Bailey pitched like this, the Twins would have found the bargain of the century.
Homer Bailey: 8IP, 7K, 3 hits, 0 BBs, 0 runs
Miguel Sano: 2-4
No duds, Twins win!
Tomorrow: A visit to the Detroit Tigers, first pitch at 6:10. (Look for the recap around 9pm)