In one of the worst losses of the season, the Miami Marlins, a team that is 23 games under .500, 21 games out of the running in its own division and has the lowest attendance in the National League, rallied to tie the Twins in the ninth inning and beat them in extras on a walk-off home run to win 5-4 on Thursday. So much for the sweep.
Luckily, the Cleveland Indians lost again as well so the Twins’ lead in the AL Central still stands at three games.
All went according to plan for most of the game. Michael Pineda gave the Twins a quality start, relievers Tyler Duffey and Sergio Romo made scoreless appearances, and then it all went to hell when newly acquired reliever Sam Dyson served up three runs, which allowed the Fish to tie the game at 4-4.
Dyson couldn’t get an out in the inning. He gave up three runs on two hits, including a double, and also walked two batters. Ace lefty Taylor Rogers spelled Dyson and got hung with the blown save because of inherited runners. Rogers gave up one hit, but the runs that scored were all charged to Dyson. Rogers then struck out the side to send it to extra innings.
In the 12th, Twins rookie reliever, Cody Stashak, who looked so impressive against the New York Yankees and who hasn’t looked as impressive since, served up the walk-off blast. And that was all she wrote, folks.
“Didn’t execute, didn’t get the job done,” Dyson told MLB.com after the game. “We had the lead. I didn’t do my job as part of the team. That’s a bad first impression. Hopefully there’s no more of those.”
Now, the Twins go home for 10 games against the Kansas City Royals, the Atlanta Braves and four, huge games against the Tribe. Buckle up, Twins fans. Martin Perez gets the ball Friday.
-Max Kepler hit his 30th home run and Byron Buxton his 30th double in Thursday’s game.
-Some twitter reaction to Dyson’s night:
Rocco shouldn’t have used Dyson, flew in, got to ballpark late … blah, blah, blah.
Dyson choked. Might not next time, but today he choked. End of story.
— Reusse (@Patrick_Reusse) August 1, 2019
Sam Dyson's Twins debut:
First time he's walked multiple batters in a game since last September, a span of 56 appearances. Woof.
— Aaron Gleeman (@AaronGleeman) August 1, 2019
Dyson waked seven batters all season before today. His second walk of the inning leads to his removal. Taylor Rogers is in for the third straight game.
— LaVelle E. Neal III (@LaVelleNeal) August 1, 2019