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Twins 5, Tigers 4: Just like you draw it up

A good start from Chris Paddack, and total chaos in the 9th inning.

Detroit Tigers v Minnesota Twins
Kepler kepling a baseball.
Photo by David Berding/Getty Images

The Twins got on the board first in this one thanks to an RBI double by Max Kepler in the 2nd inning. Kepler added to that lead with a 2-run blast in the 4th to make the score 3-0.

Chris Paddack, meanwhile, had a very good outing: 5.2 IP 5 H, 1 ER, BB, 5 K. That one run came on a 2-out RBI double by Javier Baez in the 6th which made it a 3-1 game.

As per usual for the Twins this year, things were going pretty well and then the bullpen got involved. Tyler Duffey and Caleb Thielbar combined to toss a scoreless 7th inning, but Thielbar gave up a single and a walk to start the 8th. Emilio Pagan entered to face Baez who promptly blasted a 3-run homer to center, giving the Tigers a 4-3 lead. Pagan was able to keep it there, but clearly did not have his best command as he allowed 2 more walks.

Griffin Jax picks up a clean top of the 9th inning, mixing in 2 strikeouts, setting up the dramatic bottom of the inning.

Gregory Soto enters for Detroit and throws 8 straight balls to put Trevor Larnach and Gio Urshela on 1st and 2nd. Max Kepler is called out on strikes, bringing Miguel Sano to the plate. Sano hits a liner to right field over the head of our old friend Robbie Grossman.

What ensues is utter chaos and its better if you just watch what happens:

Or, just as well, you could hear Cory Provus and Dan Gladden describe it:

Words elude me here but anyway, Sano hits the baseball, shenanigans happen and the Twins walk it off for the 2nd game in a row.


Max Kepler: 2-4, HR, 2B, 3 RBI

Gio Urshela: 2-3, BB

Chris Paddack: 5.2 IP 5 H, 1 ER, BB, 5 K

Miguel Sano: 1-4, won the baseball game.