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Usually I like to delay the process, keep the reader waiting for the good stuff a little bit. The bottom of the eighth inning on Thursday night was much too epic, and I mean epic, to not inform the reading masses.
The Toronto Blue Jays simply couldn’t find the plate. It was simply impossible. The Twins walked eight times in the inning. Eight. I’m not kidding. A Major League Baseball team walked eight batters in a single inning.
To make it worse, the Twins scored three runs on wild pitches. They Blue Jays walked in a run, too. The Twins scored six runs in the inning on only one hit. One hit. These things shouldn’t happen. After the inning the score read, 9-5.
Yes, the Blue Jays ineptitude walked the Twins to a win.
The Twins needed the help on the nightcap of Thursday’s doubleheader. Starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey only went 4.1 innings allowing five runs (four earned) in his start. Sam Deduno, Casey Fien, and Glen Perkins finished the game and shutout the Blue Jays for the next 4.2 innings.
The Blue Jays used seven pitchers in the game. It took three Jays to get out of the eighth inning.
The Twins were leading the American League in walks coming into the game, they drew another 12 total on Thursday night.
With the victory the Minnesota Twins are officially over the .500 mark at 8-7.
Twins Extra-Base Hits: Dozier HR, Colabello 2B
Next Up: Friday, at the Kansas City Royals, 7:10 First Pitch