Minnesota Twins postgame report: Twins rally to take down Oakland A’s in extra innings
By Chris Schad
The Minnesota Twins fell into an early hole against the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night, but a rally helped the Twins come out on top in extra innings.
The Minnesota Twins have tight-roped the possibility of losing three games in a row all season, but haven’t actually suffered that fate over the first three months. On Tuesday night in Oakland, the Twins were knocking on the door of a three-game streak, but once again they were able to avoid it.
After falling behind 3-0, the Twins rallied and when Mitch Garver drove in Byron Buxton in the top of the 12th, Minnesota was able to come out on top and pick up a 4-3 win over the Athletics. The win also kept the Twins’ lead over the Cleveland Indians in the American League Central at seven games.
Twin Takeaways – The Good
Most of the good things happened to the Twins late in this game as they had to rally after the Athletics took their big lead. Garver opened up the scoring in the top of the sixth with a RBI single that drove in Jonathan Schoop and Schoop would score again on an overturned fielders choice in the seventh to cut the lead down to 3-2.
Just as it looked like the Twins were headed toward their first three-game losing streak of the season, All-Star shortstop Jorge Polanco would would hit his 12th home run of the year to tie things up and eventually send the game to extra innings.
Things seemed to be going late into the night, but Garver saved the Twins from another marathon game with his RBI single to give the Twins the win. Luis Arraez would also have a great game for the Twins racking up three hits and the Twins’ bullpen provided six innings of scoreless relief in the victory.
Twin Takeaways – The Bad
Things got off to a rough start for starter Kyle Gibson as the veteran gave up a three-run homer to Ramon Laureano, but other than that, he pitched well. Gibson battled around his four walks allowing five hits and three runs (two earned) in six innings to hand things over to the bullpen, who did their job.
The Twins will celebrate Independence Day in Oakland as they send newly minted All-Star Jose Berrios to the mound opposite of Tanner Anderson. Berrios comes into the game with a 8-4 record and a 2.89 ERA while making seven straight quality starts for the Twins.
Anderson comes off of his worst start of the season, allowing seven earned runs in a loss to the Los Angeles Angels. First pitch at the Oakland Coliseum is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. CT.