The Minnesota Twins won on a walk-off on Friday night. Well, kinda.
Let’s zoom to the bottom of the ninth with the score tied at 4-4. The Twins have runners on first and second with two outs and Brian Dozier is up to the plate. Dozier hits a little liner to left for a single and Eduardo Escobar is charging hard from second. The ball and Escobar meet at the plate at about the same time and… Escobar is ruled safe and the Twins celebrate, but the White Sox are yelling and the play eventually goes under review.
It is eventually confirmed that Escobar had touched home plate and scored the winning run, but the review made the fun of a walk-off hit turn into an awkward waiting game.
The review should have never happened in the first place. The Twins had a 4-2 lead going into the ninth with closer Glen Perkins coming into the game, but the All-Star gave up two runs on a Paul Konerko single and an Adam Eaton double to let the Sox tie it up.
Ricky Nolasco didn’t necessarily have a bad start, but he didn’t have a good start either. He had a ‘meh’ start. The White Sox lead off the game with back-to-back homers, but they wouldn’t score again until the ninth inning. Nolasco only lasted 5.1 innings on the night giving up six hits.
The Twins had two players that had a nice night with the bat. Kurt Suzuki went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Eduardo Escobar had a double and two RBI in the game. Sam Fuld and Brian Dozier both also recorded an RBI in the game.
The boxscore for the game can be found here.