Tonight was the final game of two in the Puerto Rico series, which featured the Twins vs division rivals, the Cleveland Indians. It took nearly five and a half hours for this one to be decided, but after 16 innings, a winner was decided.
Twin’s starting pitcher and Puerto Rican Native Jose Berrios, had a nice outing. He pitched 7 innings, only allowing 3 hits while striking out 5. He continues his stellar start to the 2018 season and it was fun to see him pitch in front of his fellow Puerto Ricans.
Carlos Carrasco of the Cleveland Indians also went 7 innings, allowing 3 hits, but had 1 walk, and struck out 7.
Things remained scoreless after 9 innings. Both teams could not capitalize with runners in scoring position, especially the Indians. They were 0-12 tonight in that category. It wasn’t until the 14th inning when the Indians drew first blood off of a Edwin Encarnacion solo home run to left field.
Thankfully, the Twins responded in the bottom of the 14th with their own solo shot to left field. Carried out by 3rd baseman, Miguel Sano. The game remained tied after both teams scoring in the 14th inning.
In the bottom of the 16th inning, Eddie Rosario, a Puerto Rican himself, singled to left to lead off the inning. Up next was Logan Morrison who hit a ball almost directly to second baseman, Jason Kipnis. Fortunately, Kipnis misplayed it and committed an error that allowed Rosario to reach 3rd base.
The Indians then intentionally walked Eduardo Escobar to load the bases with no outs. Up stepped Ryan Lamarre. He had a chance earlier in the contest to win the game but he struck out leaving a man in scoring position.
This time, he took advantage of the situation. He hit a line drive up the middle of the field to split the Puerto Rican series at 1-1. It took a total of 117 at bats and 17 pitchers to decide a winner but as long as the Twins come out on top, it doesn’t matter what it takes.
- Ryan LaMarre with the walk off single. He went 3/4 tonight at the plate.
- Jose Berrios pitched 7 great innings. 5 Strikeouts with no walks. He was a joy to watch again.
- Edwin Encarnacion provided the lone run for the Indians in this contest with a solo shot. He went 2/7 at the plate.
- The bullpens for both teams provided great nights overall. They were responsible for 9 innings after their starting pitchers were relieved and in total, 3 runs were allowed.
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