Boof Bonser‘s errant throw on a tailor-made double play ball nearly cost the Twins the game because it would’ve ended the inning but instead led to two runs being scored.

 

Howie Clark saved the day with an RBI double in the bottom of the 12th.

 

Bobby Korecky pitched 1 and 2/3 innings of hitless relief, struck out two, and also got a single.

You might be thinking, wait, interleague play is over isn’t it? Yes, it is, but we lost our DH spot, forcing the pitcher to hit. I’ll delve into that shortly.

 

Brendan Harris collected 3 hits, Alexi Casilla hit his first ML home run, and Joe Mauer was 2-for-5 with 2 RBI.

 

I think I am officially on the Fire Ron Gardenhire bandwagon. He simply cannot manage a game. It’s the bottom of the 9th and Adam Everett, Casilla, and Harris are due up. He puts in Mike Redmond for Everett, Craig Monroe to hit for Casilla, and Harris stays put. Ok, why would Red Dog get an opportunity here? You have one infielder on your bench (Clark) and you pinch-hit for two of them? If it weren’t for Casilla, we would not have even been in a position to win the game. Monroe should’ve went in for Everett and Casilla should’ve had a chance to bat again. It further proves how much Gardy dislikes Alexi.

So we squeak out a run and go to the top of the 10th. Joe Nathan comes in. Good move, bring in your best reliever when you most need to hold the other team to 0 runs. Joe needs 5 pitches to get out of the inning.

 

Juan Rincon trots out for the 11th. Wait what?? The best closer in the game throws 5 pitches and gets 3 outs and you bring in ‘Roid Boy Rincon to pitch? What sense does that make? Rincon gave up a hit and two walks (loading the bases) and recorded just 1 out. In other words, he nearly blew the game. Korecky came in and got out of the jam, luckily. He should’ve never had to get out of a jam because Nathan earned the chance to pitch the 11th. We’re lucky we won.

 

Boof actually was doing pretty good, until the 7th inning. He only threw 79 pitches but was struggling, especially because of the double play ball that he threw too quickly to Everett.

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