Oswaldo Arcia Huge In Minnesota Twins Win


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“I had a friend was a big baseball player back in high school. He could throw that speedball by you, make you look like a fool, boy.”

Sorry, I’m writing my tribute to the 30th anniversary of Bruce Springsteen’s Born In The USA album as we speak, so I have a little Springsteen on my mind. The thing about a speedball, we assume Bruce is referring to a fastball instead of a lethal drug combination, is that sometimes they can be hit a long, long way. Oswaldo Arica and Amaris Ramirez are examples of that.

The score was 1-0 in favor of the Milwaukee Brewers after a Mark Reynolds RBI double in the second inning when Arica stepped into the box in the fourth inning. Arcia hit a bomb to right field with two on to give the Twins a 3-1 lead. Josh Willingham drew a bases loaded walk the following inning to increase the 4-1 lead and it looked like the Twins would cruise behind the strong outing from Ricky Nolasco.

In the top of the seventh, freshly off the disabled list Amaris Ramirez hit a three-run home run of his own to tie the game up at 4. Nolasco would finish the inning, but it looked like the Twins might not get Nolasco the deserved W.

Arcia stepped up once again though in the bottom of the inning. Arcia hit an RBI single and he scored himself when Trevor Plouffe singled him home to give the Twins and Ricky Nolasco the 6-4 win.