By Matt Curry, WSOE Sports
After 162 games in another spectacular season of baseball, we find ourselves watching another tiebreaker game at the end of a season. Sadly I can’t say it is my Mets this year, but who knows about next year.
Anyways, the Minnesota Twins rallied late and won the tiebreaker in the twelfth inning against the Detroit Tigers, to cap off an amazing weekend. Just Friday, the Tigers held a two game lead in the AL Central and their magic number to clinch a spot in the playoffs was just one game. The Twins needed to win every game and the Tigers win one out of three to force a tiebreaker, and luckily for the Twins, everything fell into place.
As for the game itself, it was quite spectacular. After falling behind 3-0, the Twins rallied and with the help of Orlando Cabrera’s two-run homerun, the Twins vaulted into the lead. The game would end up tied at four going into the ninth inning. This is when things got truly amazing. With no outs and runners on first and third, the Twins closer Joe Nathan struck out one and got an inning ending double play to keep the game tied. The Tigers would have many chances to score runs and win the game in the next few innings, but in the end, the Twins would get the final say. This came in the form of Alexi Cassila’s walk off single, as Carlos Gomez came around to score.
With this game over, the Twins now head to Yankee Stadium to face the AL East Champions. If the Twins want to win this series, they will have to show some of the same magic they had last night, as they have struggled over the past few years against the Yankees. I look for the Yankees to win this series in five. I know many people believe that the Yankees are near unstoppable at this point, but the Twins are 17-4 in their last 21 games, and they have been on fire. They have a good offence, led by Mauer, that I think can stick with the Yankees if the Twins’ pitchers are on their game.
The ALDS kicks off tonight with the Twins at the Yankees at 6:07 PM with a pitching matchup of Duensing (5-2) against Sabathia (19-8).