Twins Walk it off Against Tigers
The Minnesota Twins came into Tuesday night’s contest after dropping game one of their series with the AL Central division leaders. Last night was a different story for the Twins though, a strong pitching performance, and one that ended in their favor.
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Ricky Nolasco got the start for the Twins, and while his season line is ugly, he has been sharp as of late. Last night was no exception, as the free agent acquisition hurled eight shutout innings for the Twins. Being the wins stat as it is, of course Nolasco didn’t factor into the decision.
The runs scoring started in the fourth inning, as a Kurt Suzuki single plated Kennys Vargas for the game’s first run.
In the sixth, Vargas did damage of his own launching a solo shot into right field.
Up 2-0 heading into the 9th inning, Glen Perkins quickly allowed Nolasco’s lead to be erased. Of late, Perkins has not been himself. In the month of September, Perkins has pitched to a 13.50 ERA giving up eight earned runs and four home runs across just 5.1 innings. Through the rest of the year, he had only given up three home runs.
J.D. Martinez took Perkins deep, also scoring Torii Hunter and Ezequiel Carrera.
The Twins would answer however. Against former Twins closer Joe Nathan, a Suzuki double would score Doug Bernier to tie the game at 3 in the bottom of the 9th. Aaron Hicks would then reach on an infield single, scoring Chris Herrmann, to secure the 4-3 walk off victory for the win.
While it was Hicks walking it off, it was Vargas who stole the show. On the night, Kennys Vargas finished only a double shy of the cycle, and his torrid hitting continued.
Minnesota will look to win the series tonight against David Price. Kyle Gibson will be on the mound for the Twins. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10pm central time.