It couldn’t have been more fitting. The Twins had two runners on in the top of the 9th against Boston with no outs, and Hansel Robles steps onto the mound. Twins down two.
Let’s Goooooooo! This man is the king of giving up runs.
To recap: The Twins sent Robles and half a million bucks to the Red Sox and actually got a player back for Hansel. Alex Scherff is a 23 right-handed pitcher who is currently with the Wind Surge.
Let’s not forget just how atrocious Hansel Robles was down the stretch for the Twins. He had the best walkout music around — straight out of WWE — but he managed an 11.12 ERA in his last 12 appearances. It seemed like anytime he came into the game, the opposition would blow it wide open. He miraculously had 10 saves, two blown.
With a Tigers 9th inning game-tying granny given up by Robles at the end of July fresh in everyone’s minds, it was time for revenge. Last night the few Twins fans still following were on the edge of their seats.
Twins down two, Nick Gordon walks up to the plate with Luis Arraez and Mitch “Garv-Sauce” Garver on base, no outs, could it get any better?
Welp, Robles brings the heat, striking out Gordon on 99, 98 and 97 mph fastballs. One out. Miguel Sano steps up to the plate. Anyone could guess what was going to happen here... four 99 mph fastballs (ok one was 98) and a slider with — of course — a check swing, put him back on the bench. Then it was Caveman’s shot at being the hero. He held his own in the 8-pitch AB, but ended up lining out to second to end the game.
The Twins way.
I thought Hansel would come in and blow it. Instead, he got his first save for the Red Sox. He’s actually had a pretty poor start with Boston, obtaining a 5.40 ERA and 8 BB in 8.1 IP, plus a bases-loaded balk against the Rays earlier this month. Not a good look. But hey, leave it up to the Twins to help him shine. Better luck to the Twins if they face him the next two games.
He left a basement-dwelling 54-71 team to join a playoff-contending 72-55. Best of luck to him. It usually works out.
Here’s a full recap of the game.