Game 53 Recap: Twins 8, Red Sox 4

Good comeback.

I was sitting in some incredibly boring meetings while the game was going on, and sneaking looks at my phone whenever I could.  It didn't look good at first.  I thought maybe Tommy Milone had been hit hard, and he did give up a couple of long balls, but it looks as though he was also vicitimized by either bad defense or bad luck or both.  Four of the nine hits he gave up were infield singles.  Two of the runs he gave up were unearned, the result of two Twins errors.  He did not strike anybody out, which didn't help, but he only walked one which did.  At any rate, the Twins trailed 4-0 after four and looked like they might be on their way to losing the series.

But the Twins were having none of that.  After a couple of weak singles of their own, Torii Hunter hit a three-run homer in the fifth that got the Twins back into the game.  In the sixth, an error led to the tying run coming in.  I'm not sure what happened in the Boston seventh:  the play-by-play reads as if Mike Napoli tried to score from first on a single and was thrown out at the plate.  Whatever happened, it was still 4-4 going to the ninth.

The Twins then took over.  A pair of singles put men on first and second, and Joe Mauer's bunt was the key to the inning, as an error brought home the go-ahead run.  The Twins went on to score three more, Glen Perkins retired the Red Sox on three ground outs, and the Twins took the 8-4 victory.

Today's game features a battle of Kyles, as Kyle Gibson goes for the Twins against the Brewers' (ex-Twin) Kyle Lohse.  Gibson has, for the most part, been pretty good, and is among the league leaders in ERA.  Lohse, for the most part, has not been good, although he has pitched a few good games.  We're two games into our season-ending one hundred eleven-game winning streak!  We're still on track for 141-21!