MINNEAPOLIS – Air Buxton was fielded for almost two weeks, but was cleared in time to takeoff a Twins center fielder to take a flight and rob a crucial home run. Oh, and also win a game for their deep sliding team. Byron Buxton returns victorious from A
MINNEAPOLIS – Air Buxton was fielded for almost two weeks, but was cleared in time to takeoff a Twins center fielder to take a flight and rob a crucial home run.
Oh, and also win a game for their deep sliding team.
Tuesday night made a winning return from a stint on the 10-day injured list with Edwin Encarnacion’s robbery, and ultimately gave Minnesota life. The Twins immediately tied the game with a pair of pinches at the bottom of the frame, and Buxton’s second hit of the night was an RBI single in the seventh that earned Minnesota a 3–2 win over the White Sox while finishing first. Snapping a six-game skid.
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The former Platinum Glove Award winner was not the only person who brought some much-needed energy and production to the twins. Michael Pineda At the conclusion of his 60-game suspension, the club rejoined Tuesday and performed the classic Pineda – six innings of a two-run ball – as the big right-handed batsman and Buxton led the way to victory.
When Encursione launched a Pina fastball into left-center field, Buxton spun onto the warning track, made a controlled leap over the wall and reached the flowerpot above the wall to flick the ball down the home run with the robbery. He Came. According to Statcast, Buxton ran 111 feet to have a 385-foot big fly by the White Sox designated hitter.
Although Buxton may have lost a few style points to leave baseball on the exchange out of his glove, the most important part was that he controlled his speed and his jump to the point where he slowly collided with the padding and no one needed it. Did not get worse. Wear, just what he and the twins had expected when they agreed to some defensive adjustments that would reduce their risk for injury on such plays.
Just as important, that speed change is just what the offense needed, too.
Against Sting’s left-handed Dallas Keuchel and the White Sox bullpen, the Twins hit the punch through 11 hits, their highest hit since August 23, but they struggled to find the big hit as they made it through the first five innings. Eight people were trapped in the base.
But after Baxton’s catch? Jake cave A pinch hit, a one-out triple lined up below the right field line, and Louis ares, Playing another pinch, roped a game-tying double on the next pitch to knot the game at 2 in the bottom of the sixth.
Later during an inning, Buxton gave the finishing touch to avoid a slump. After Nelson cruise Led seventh with a double Marvin Gonzalez Gone, Baxton had a chance twice and left one to enter the field, leading to a home run. This left his bat at 106.0 mph, marking his third hard-hit ball of the night – adding 105.1-mph and 108.0-mph speeds earlier in the game.
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