MIN 10, DET 4: Twins Blow Out Tigers Bullpen
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Brian Dozier led this one off with a “home run” of sorts, but not the type of leadoff homer we’re used to seeing from Dozier. He bunted and circled the bases on a throwing error.
Ervin Santana went 7.0 innings and surrendered three runs on seven hits. He had five strikeouts and didn’t issue a single walk. The Twins struggled to get going against Detroit starter Matthew Boyd, but once he was out of the game they lit up the scoreboard like a pinball machine.
The only earned run Boyd gave up was on a Robbie Grossman single in the seventh inning that made it 3-2 Detroit. The eighth got off to a terrible start for the Tigers, as Joe Mauer hit a 103.8 mph line drive that broke Detroit reliever Alex Wilson’s leg. The craziest part was Wilson tried to stay in the game.
The Tigers turned to lefty Daniel Stumpf, who gave up a single to Jorge Polanco. Then Eddie Rosario worked a great eight-pitch at-bat that ended with a single, scoring pinch runner Zack Granite from second base to tie the game. Eduardo Escobar continued the hit barrage with another single of his own that put the Twins in the lead.
What’s that? I skipped over some stuff?
OK, yes, there was more sacrifice bunting ridiculousness. But I’m at the point where I’m getting pretty tired of writing about this stuff, so I’m sure there are some of you who are tired of reading about it. I just wish it would stop.
Both Rosario and Escobar showed bunt during their plate appearances. The especially crazy part was that Escobar had the count to his favor 3-1 at one point and was still bunting. He bunted the first pitch foul and strike two was on a missed bunt attempt. Once Escobar (one of the hottest hitters in the American League in the second half) was free to swing away, he delivered the go-ahead hit. Hopefully Molitor learned his lesso … Hopefully Molitor learned his lesso … Hopefully Molitor learned his lesson.
Sorry for the broken record, I’ve been meaning to get that looked at.
UPDATE: Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press did a great job of sorting out this mess of a game and also included some quotes from Escobar regarding the bunt if you're interested.
Anyway, after Molitor had been managing so hard to gain a one-run lead, his team went ahead and absolutely blew the game wide open and ended the inning with a seven-run advantage. Grossman hit a two-run single, Jason Castro hit a run-scoring ground out and Granite hit a three-run homer, the first home run of his major league career.
Max Kepler left the game in the second inning with a left hip injury. Molitor provided reporters with an update after the game, which is available below via Fox Sports North.
AL Wild Card Standings
WC1: Yankees 86-68 (+5.5)
WC2: Twins 81-74
Rangers 76-78 (-4.5)
Angels 76-78 (-4.5)
Postgame With Molitor
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
Sun: Twins (Jose Berrios) at Tigers (Buck Farmer), 11:10 am CT
Tue: Twins (Bartolo Colon) at Cleveland (Mike Clevinger), 6:10 pm CT
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MIN 12, DET 1: Once Again, The Twins Bounce Back
NYY 11, MIN 3: Twins Crumble At Yankee Stadium (Again)
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