Twins Walk-Off Orioles
Pitching duel ends in soaring 7th inning victoryUpdated Monday June 20, 2016 by Colin Sullivan.
The Twins came into Friday's match trying to put last week's drubbing at the hands of the Blue Jays in the rear view, knowing they would need to put together their best effort against a talented 8-1-1 Orioles.
After a booming lead-off double in the top of 1st, the Twins cauterized the damage allowing just a single run in the inning. Quite possibly calling upon the gone, but not forgotten, mantra of Nathan Stranges "...bend, but don't break."
In the bottom of the 2nd the Twins' bats came alive with hits from Blake Hurdle, Kiesung Nam and Colin Sullivan to help take an early 2-1 lead.
Both pitchers would settle down until the 6th, when the Orioles would put up 2 runs with some timely hitting, but were unable hold the lead. An untimely defensive miscue led Kevin Herd, who earlier reached on a beautiful bunt single, to score knotting the game at 3's going into the 7th.
Dan Skolovy was the picture of composure throughout his 7 complete innings of work, scattering 8 hits and fanning 3. So with 2 out and 2 on, it was only natural that he would find himself once again with the game in his hands... *erhem* Okay - so that would have made a great ending to the game, but actually it was the grinder who won it for the home side. On base due to a graciously accepted hit by pitch, Nolan Veljacic, watched with intent as the ball skipped passed the catcher, blew through the third base coach's stop sign and dove... neigh, flew. His left arm extended, his body mid-air, his fingertips brushed the plate and the Twins walk-off with a 4-3 victory.