Minnesota Twins: Han Sano and Berrios lead defeat of the Death Star
On Wednesday night the Minnesota Twins hosted the Chicago White Sox in a battle for the decades, in other words, Star Wars Night.
On a beautiful night in Minneapolis, MN you can usually catch a Minnesota Twins game at Target Field; Wednesday night you got a whole lot more than just a game. The Twins hosted their annual Star Wars Night at Target Field and provided quite the entertainment for fans.
Patrolling Target Field the whole night was Darth Vader, Stormtroopers, the Imperial Guard, Jedi and of course R2-D2. This night allows baseball fans to bring out their nerdy side and showcase their love for Star Wars by dressing up. They also gave Star Wars T-shirts to the first 10,000 fans in the gate. And fans with a special theme night ticket also received a Brian Dozier Stormtrooper bobblehead.
The Twins used this night to do an A+ job of trolling the White Sox featuring a pregame video blowing up the Death Star. When announcing the Sox lineup they replaced everyone’s headshot with a stormtrooper. For the pitcher, David Holmberg, they made him Captain Phasma.
The team was led by another strong performance on the mound from Jose Berrios who went eight innings giving the bullpen a day of rest. The White Sox snuck in a run when Jason Castro couldn’t handle the throw home in the top of the 1st. Then Berrios began to settle down.
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Dozier was “a force 2B reckon with” for the Twins.
Minnesota struck back in the bottom of the second when Brian Dozier doubled home a run. Chicago took back the lead on a double play ball that advanced the runner on third for a 2-1 lead. Then the Twins would take over.
Han Sano (Miguel Sano) began the third taking three straight balls before going oppo on a 3-0 fastball. After he tied the game back up the rest of the lightsabers (bats) came to life. Max Windu (Kepler) singled home Robbie Grossman to put the Twins up 3-2. Ehire Adrianza beat out a double play ball to plate Kennys Vargas and then showcased his base-running ability.
With two outs in the bottom of the third Adrianza stole second base easily. The Twins did a great job reading the White Sox pitchers and getting great jumps. He followed that up by stealing third base when no one expected it. However, it was all for not as Castro couldn’t bring him home.
Berrios was the star of Star Wars Night.
The real story was Jose Berrios mowing through the White Sox lineup. He finished with eight strikeouts and only gave up four hits. After a runner would reach base he would typically strikeout the next batter and retired twelve White Sox in a row. Here’s a three pitch strikeout on Tim Anderson in the 4th inning:
Brandon Kintzler came on in the ninth inning and quickly shut the door. After a close play at first for the final out the fireworks went off and Minnie and Paul danced in centerfield. Then the White Sox challenged the play only for it to be confirmed, the Death Star had been destroyed.
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If the Twins can continue to get solid pitching and run support they should catch the Indians in no time. The team put on a great performance for fans new and old on Wednesday. Let’s hope next Star Wars Night is just as successful.