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Tigers 5, Twins 4: Old Friends (simulated)

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Goodrum, Schoop, and Cron were involved in most of the scoring today.

MLB: Spring Training-Detroit Tigers at Boston Red Sox Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Today’s lineups:

MIN: Mitch Garver C, Jorge Polanco SS, Josh Donaldson 3B, Nelson Cruz DH, Eddie Rosario LF, Miguel Sano 1B, Ehire Adrianza 2B, Marwin Gonzalez RF, Byron Buxton CF, Jake Odorizzi P

DET: Cameron Maybin RF, Victor Reyes CF, Jonathan Schoop 2B, C.J. Cron 1B, Jeimer Candelario 3B, Niko Goodrum SS, Willi Castro DH, Travis Demeritte LF, Jake Rogers C, Tarik Skubal P


This was the kind of game you hate to lose. It was winnable the whole time, and wasn’t lost until the ninth.

The Twins scored early, and took the first lead tonight. Jorge Polanco singled, Josh Donaldson doubled, and Nelson Cruz walked to load the bases with one out. Eddie Rosario brought the lead runner home with a single. Miguel Sano took a walk that brought in the game’s second run.

Jake Odorizzi twirled a gem, stayin perfect until the bottom of the fourth inning, when Detroit tied the game. Victor Reyes reached on an error by Donaldson, C.J. Cron on a walk,and Niko Goodrum singled, which loaded the bases with two out. A Willi Castro single brought in two runs.

No one scored again until the bottom of the seventh, with Sergio Romo on the mound. Cameron Maybin hit a double, then Jonathan Schoop brought him home with a single to right-center field.

The Twins re-took the lead in the next half inning though. Miguel Sano hit a two-out single, and then Max Kepler stepped in to pinch hit for Ehire Adrianza. This was a good decision, as Kepler hit a home run to right field, plating two runs and bringing the score to 4-3.

Trevor May took the bottom of the eighth for the Twins. Niko Goodrum hit a one-out single and advanced to second on a walk by Christin Stewart. Jake Rogers tied the game with a double that brought home Goodrum.

The top of the ninth was an odd inning for the Twins—they took three walks, and struck out three times, leaving the bases loaded. In the bottom of the inning, Jonathan Schoop was the second batter due up, and stepped in with one out. He took a strike and a ball, then hit a huge shot to left-center, a no-doubter that traveled 472 feet to walk off his old team.

Notes

  • The Twins scored 14 runs on 14 hits and four walks tonight.

STUDS:

Jorge Polanco 2-4, double
Max Kepler: 1-1, HR

DUDS:

Marwin Gonzalez: 0-4
Trevor May: 1.2 IP, 2 runs, 3 hits, BB

Tomorrow: at the Detroit Tigers, first pitch at 6:10. (Look for the recap around 9pm)

Standings:
MIN 25-17 —
CLE 24-21 2 1/2
CHW 22-20 3
DET 21-21 4
KCR 14-28 11