Dateline: Running Cedar
After three wins in a row the Twins rolled into today’s game with Angels. It was a beautiful Fall morning as the Twins finally played a home game after two away games this week. The Angels stunned the Twins by jumping to a lead in the first inning. A few fortunate walks on the starter, Jared, and the Angels scored three runs. Jared settled down to strike out the last batter to end the top of the first. The Twins bats were surprisingly silent in the first and after one it was 3-0 Angels. Jared looked much better in the second, but sadly the Angels were able to get two more runs to take a 5-0 lead. The Twins remained calm as they knew their offense could overtake that deficit very quickly. In the bottom of the second, the Twins got to work. A leadoff single by Nice, a single by Greg, and a single by Isaac loaded the bases with no outs. Christian walked to score a run. Jake singled to score two more and suddenly it was 5-3 ball game.
Jake came on in the top of the third and shut down the Angels with two strikeouts. The Twins bats were silent in the bottom of the third and the score remained 5-3. Jake gave up a leadoff double to the first batter, but Jared in center played in perfectly and threw a perfect strike to the infield to keep the runner at second. Jake settled down to strike out the next three and end the threat. The Twins crept close in the fourth on a leadoff walk to Tom and big RBI double to right that score Tom all the way from first. Jake ended up on third after wild pitch. With two outs the Twins had the tying run at third. It was not to be as the Angels pitcher settled down and ended the inning. After four it was 5-4 Twins. Suddenly, the Twins were in a thriller and Twins fans came alive.
Jake came on for yet another inning and turned in another excellent inning. He struck out the side to give him 8 strikeouts on the day. Kyle singled in the fifth, but he was left on base. After five it was still 5-4 Angels. Tom came on for his first appearance of the year in the sixth. He looked great as he struck out three batters in only 13 pitches with no walks. In the bottom of the sixth, the Twins needed only a run to tie the game. Tom smashed a sharp line drive down the first base line, but it was right to the first baseman who caught it for the out. After that, the Angels closer settled down and shut down the Twins to end the game at 5-4.
Coach Grossman said ‘Its been a great week. We played well all week and this game really could have gone either way. Our two teams are well matched and I really like how our guys battled back from a five run deficit. Coach Goldstein agreed and said “I really enjoyed seeing how deep our bullpen was. Tom looked great out there and our catchers are continuing to progress nicely.”