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Tigers 3, Twins 2: Eight great innings don’t matter. (simulated)

Just the one where Detroit walked us off

MLB: Spring Training-Toronto Blue Jays at Minnesota Twins Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Today’s lineups:

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

DET: Cameron Maybin RF, Victor Reyes CF, Jonathan Schoop 2B, C.J. Cron 1B, Christin Stewart DH, Jeimer Candelario 3B, Travis Demeritte LF, Jake Rogers C, Willi Castro SS, Daniel Norris P


Sometimes the only inning that matters is the last one. You can be leading the whole game, and get walked off. Sometimes. Tonight is sometimes, folks.

Mitch Garver literally gave the Twins the lead in their first at bat. His lead off home run was the only earned run allowed by Detroit starter Daniel Norris. Odorizzi gave up his only run in the bottom of the fifth, which also was a lead off home run. This one was the responsibility of Travis Demeritte.

The Twins’ other run came in the seventh. Byron Buxton lead off by reaching on an error by the shortstop, Castro. That name makes me presume he is a “wet blanket.” Gregory Soto relieved Norris, and committed a throwing error on an attempt to pick off the speedy Buxton, which saw the Twins’ centerfielder make it safely to second base. A double hit by Jorge Polanco allowed him to score, and gave the Twins a 2-1 lead.

Sergio Romo came on to pitch the ninth for the Twins, with a one-run lead. I have no idea why it wasn’t Rogers or Duffey, both were available. Still, Romo should be able to handle this situation. He was not able to though. First he walked Jeimer Candelario, a leadoff walk that haunted. Then he allowed a single to Demeritte. Even the one out he got, a grounder by Jake Rogers, was productive, as it moved the runners to second and third. Rumored Wet Blanket Willi Castro hit a double that scored both runs and walked off the Twins. Boo!

Notes

  • Cleveland lost too, which means we still have a little breathing room, but we go there next.

STUDS:

Jake Odorizzi: 6.1 IP, 1 run, 5 hits, 7 K, 1 BB
Trevor May: 1.2 IP, 0 runs, 1 hit, 1K, 0 BB
Mitch Garver: 2-4, HR, RBI, BB

DUDS:

Sergio Romo: 0.1 IP, 2 runs, 2 hits, BB, 0 K
Miguel Sano: 0-4, 2K, 4 LOB
Marwin Gonzalez: 0-3, 2 K, 4 LOB

Tomorrow: Game three at Detroit. 12:10 pm First pitch

Standings:
MIN 50-37 —
CLE 47-39 2 1/2
DET 44-42 5 1/2
CHW 44-42 5 1/2
KCR 31-56 19