Apr 07, 2021
Polancos Double Leads Twins Past Tigers 3-2
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DETROIT (AP) — Jorge Polanco hit a two-run double in the sixth inning and the Minnesota Twins held off Akil Baddoo and the Detroit Tigers 3-2 on Wednesday.
Baddoo hit an RBI triple and threw a runner out from left field — another impressive day in this stellar start to his big league career. But the rookie was doubled off third after his big hit — it was a rough day on the bases for the Tigers, who also ran into two outs at home in the sixth.READ MORE: Downtown Businesses Celebrate The Return Of Sports Fans To Stadiums
Wilson Ramos homered for Detroit, and Matthew Boyd (1-1) allowed three runs in seven innings.
Kenta Maeda (1-0) pitched six mostly strong innings, allowing two runs and seven hits. He yielded two singles, a double and a walk in the sixth, but Detroit didn’t score.
Willi Castro was thrown out at home for the first out while trying to score from first on Miguel Cabrera’s double. Then, with the bases loaded, Jonathan Schoop hit a fly to right. Kyle Garlick caught it and threw Cabrera out at home — with Baddoo waiting on deck.
“What a relief,” Maeda said through a translator. “If it weren’t for those two plays, I don’t think our team win would have been there.”
Castro said he paused a bit on Cabrera’s hit, since left fielder Jake Cave tried to make a diving catch. Cave got up quickly and threw to shortstop Andrelton Simmons, who made the throw home to retire Castro.
“Obviously that’s an aggressive play, and there’s no outs,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “I think it was more about them executing.”
Polanco, who was thrown out twice at home himself in an extra-inning loss Tuesday, got his key hit after Castro was unable to field Nelson Cruz’s hard two-out grounder to the shortstop. That infield single left men on first and second, and Polanco drove them both home to erase a 2-1 Detroit lead.
Cruz was initially called out on his hit — Schoop, the second baseman, fielded the ball after it bounced off Castro and threw to first — but the call was overturned after a video review.
“That’s a really big play,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “It looked like a really close play from the dugout.”READ MORE: The Changes You Can Expect At Target Field For Twins Home Opener
Baddoo homered on the first pitch to him in his major league debut Sunday. Then he hit a grand slam Monday and a game-winning single Tuesday. His triple put the Tigers up 1-0 on Wednesday.
“Akil’s in the middle of everything,” Hinch said. “The damage that he’s done so far, he’s not going to get a lot of free strikes. That word gets around the league.”
Willians Astudillo tied it with a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Ramos hit a solo homer in the bottom of that inning.
Alex Colomé pitched two innings for his second save.
Twins: Minnesota put OF Brent Rooker on the 10-day injured list with a cervical strain. The Twins selected the contract of LHP Brandon Waddell from the taxi squad.
The Twins play their home opener Thursday against Seattle. José Berríos (1-0) starts for Minnesota against Marco Gonzales (0-0). Berríos pitched six no-hit innings at Milwaukee in his previous outing.
Detroit has the day off, then starts a three-game series at Cleveland. Julio Teheran (1-0) takes the mound Friday night for the Tigers against Zach Plesac (0-1).MORE NEWS: Tigers Top Twins In 10th Inning Thanks To Baddoos RBI Single
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Marlins Rally in 9th, 10th to Beat Giants
MIAMI (AP) — Jorge Alfaro hit a game-ending, two-run double and the Miami Marlins rallied from two-run deficits in the ninth and 10th innings to beat the San Francisco Giants 7-6 Saturday night.
San Francisco led 5-3 before RBI singles in the ninth by Alfaro and Starling Marte off Jake McGee. The closer threw 35 pitches in the inning, retiring Adam Duvall on an inning-ending flyout that stranded the bases loaded.READ MORE: After a Night of Protest Vandalism, Oakland Businesses Pick Up the Pieces
Brandon Belt’s run-scoring double against Yimi García (2-1) put the Giants ahead 6-5 in the 10th.
Jazz Chisholm walked against Jarlin García (0-1) with one out in the bottom half, joining the the pandemic-rules automatic runner to give Miami two on. Chad Wallach flied out, and Alfaro lined a double that bounced to the left-field wall.
Miami starter Sandy Alcantara allowed four runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings with seven strikeouts.
Giants starter Aaron Sanchez gave up one run, five hits, three walks and a hit batter in 4 2/3 innings.
San Francisco catcher Buster Posey was hit on the left arm by Alcantara’s final pitch. Posey went to first base and scored on a three-run homer by pinch-hitter Austin Slater off Richard Bleier, which capped a five-run inning that put the Giants ahead 5-3. Posey left the game before the bottom half.
Belt homered leading off the seventh, and Brandon Crawford had an RBI single. Belt has reached safely in 28 straight games against Miami.READ MORE: Stimulus Check Latest: Is A Fourth Relief Payment Coming?
Duvall tripled in a run in the first, and Jesús Aguilar made it 3-0 with a two-run double off Matt Wisler in the sixth.
Giants: RHP Tyler Beede (elbow surgery) and RHP John Brebbia (elbow surgery) had throwing sessions Saturday in Sacramento, California.
Marlins: RHP Edward Cabrera (right biceps inflammation) is throwing from 75 feet and is making progress.
Giants LHP Alex Wood (season debut) is to start the series finale on Sunday while the Marlins go with RHP Pablo Lopez (0-1, 4.60).MORE NEWS: East Bay Businesses Donate Proceeds to Support Asian Community Organizations
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