MIN 10, ARI 3: Buxton Inside-the-Parker Highlights 6 HR Game for Twins
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Top 5 Twins per WPA: Buxton .302 | Polanco .213 | Hildenberger .198
One of my all-time favorite baseball quotes is this one from Rogers Hornsby: “People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.”
I’m pretty sure for me this winter it’ll be staring into a screen watching highlights of Buxton running around the bases or tracking down fly balls in the outfield. Buxton was incredible tonight, as he hit a triple in the second inning, an inside-the-park homer in the fourth and doubled in the sixth.
The D-Backs finally got him out in the seventh, albeit on a line drive he hit over 95 mph, to keep him from completing the cycle. He’ll have to settle for “just” nine total bases in his four plate appearances. You know what? I’m not even gonna wait for winter, let’s watch this kid run:
The Twins also got home runs from Max Kepler (16), Eduardo Escobar (11), Brian Dozier (24) and two from Miguel Sano (27 & 28) but they all hit the ones where you get to trot around the bases. Lazy. Here’s Sano’s first homer …
… but his second blast was even more impressive ...
You wanna see the full highlight reel from this one? You’ll basically just want to watch the condensed game, because it seemed like this was just an endless stream of awesomeness from the Twins. They scored 10 runs on 17 hits, 11 of them going for extra bases.
Ervin Santana had a quality start, limiting Arizona to three runs over six innings. He gave up seven hits, walked three and had six strikeouts. Those three runs all came in the first two innings. The Twins didn't take the lead until the bottom of the sixth, when Jorge Polanco drove in Buxton with a single. Nice little come-from-behind victory.
Trevor Hildenberger (0.2 IP), Taylor Rogers (1.0 IP), Tyler Duffey (0.2 IP) and Nik Turley (0.2 IP) combined to throw three perfect innings out of the bullpen.
Postgame With Buxton
Twins W-L Record
Overall: 61-59 (.508)
Last 10: 7-3 (.700)
Last 20: 12-8 (.600)
Last 40: 20-20 (.500)
Last 80: 39-41 (.488)
AL Central Standings
Minnesota 61-59 (-6.0)
Kansas City (-6.5)
AL Wild Card Standings
WC 1: Yankees 65-56
WC2: Minnesota 61-59, Angels 62-60
Kansas City 61-60 (-0.5)
Seattle 62-61 (-0.5)
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
SAT: Twins (Jose Berrios) vs. Arizona (Zack Greinke), 6:10 pm CT
SUN: Twins (Bartolo Colon) vs. Arizona (TBD), 1:10 pm CT
MON: Twins (TBD) at White Sox (TBD), 4:10 pm CT
MON: Twins (TBD) at White Sox (TBD), Game 2
Question of the Day
How much do you think it’d cost to fly out to New York and get a hotel in early October? Why do I ask? Oh, I dunno, just curious ...
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