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9/13 GAME NOTES: Steady Santana and Eddie Eruption Propel Twins to Sweep Over Padres

Posted by Brandon Warne , 14 September 2017 · 774 views

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Has anyone seen Eddie Rosario’s shoes? Because there’s a fair chance he left them at home plate when he won the game with a mighty swing against Padres reliever Phil Maton on Wednesday night at Target Field.

The Twins spent nine innings trying to scratch across more than one run against Padres starter Dinelson Lamet and his cohorts, but a solid effort from the youngster and a puzzling array of bunts left them coming up short. That is, until Rosario stepped up to the plate against Maton with Joe Mauer on first base.

With two outs after Brian Dozier took a called third strike and Jorge Polanco popped foul to third — sandwiched around the Mauer single — Rosario stepped to the plate and did some, well, un-Rosario-like things.

Rosario took the first two pitches from the Padres reliever. That’s something Rosario and hitting coaches James Rowson and Rudy Hernandez have been working on this season — with wonderful results — and it paid off with a 2-0 count. Rowson told Zone Coverage earlier this season that, even despite Rosario’s improved discipline, he wanted the free-swinging slugger to stay in ‘hunt’ mode.

Well, consider Maton’s 2-0 offering — a 93 mph fastball middle-in — the prey, as Rosario uncoiled, elevated and about 20 seconds later celebrated with gumballs in his face and fireworks all over the place.

Manager Paul Molitor was almost stunned speechless as he collected his thoughts during his postgame press conference.

“I don’t know how to explain sometimes when you come off a game last night, and all the sudden runs become hard to come by, even when you have good opportunities,” Molitor said. “It just had that feel when it’s 1-0 and you miss out on a couple chances to add one. You hope you can hold on, but Hedges got a hold of an offspeed pitch to get them even, and we had to scramble.”

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