July 7, 2022

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Chaotic walk-off gives Twins opener win

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MINNEAPOLIS – Sometimes, it’s better just to be lucky.

The Twins appeared to run themselves into a baserunning blunder on Miguel Sanó’s hit to right field in the ninth inning — but the Tigers botched the execution of the play when catcher Eric Haase threw the ball into the outfield at the beginning of a rundown sequence. When the dust settled, the Twins stood triumphant with an unlikely 5-4 win at Target Field.

Tigers closer Gregory Soto had walked the first two batters of the inning and struck out Max Kepler before Sanó strode to the plate with men on first and second.

He laced a line drive to right field that caromed off the glove of Robbie Grossman, causing chaos on the basepaths. Lead runner Trevor Larnach stopped at third base, but Sanó overran first base and tried for second, forcing Gio Urshela, the runner at second, to try for third. In the meantime, the ball made its way to Haase at home plate.

With Urshela converging on Larnach at the third-base bag, Haase’s throw to third base sailed over Jeimer Candelario’s head into left field, allowing both Larnach and Urshela to score one of the most chaotic walk-offs you’ll ever see.

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