Austin dazzles with bat, glove as Twins beat Royals 9-6



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17 Sep 2018, 04:19 IST
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — There was little for Tyler Austin to be upset about as he headed to the bus on Sunday.

The Twins’ first baseman had hit considered one of their 4 dwelling runs in a 9-6 win over the Kansas Metropolis Royals. He had escaped unscathed after making a spectacular catch whereas flipping into the dugout down the first-base line and, maybe most significantly, he did not have to decorate up in one of many ridiculous horse-and-jockey costumes that had been awaiting his rookie teammates of their locker.

As an alternative, Austin was capable of take pleasure in all of it — proper all the way down to the rookie hazing ritual — after the Twins managed to keep away from a four-game sweep and an ignominious begin to their remaining journey this season.

Max Kepler, Johnny Subject and Jorge Polanco additionally went deep for the Twins, who had a season-high 18 hits and bought a gritty effort by Kyle Gibson (8-13) to chill off the red-hot Royals.

“You at all times have one thing to play for,” stated Gibson, who lasted into the seventh to finish a four-start dropping streak, regardless of permitting 5 runs and 11 hits. “When groups begin giving up and throwing it in, they’re solely doing disrespecting these round you.”

In order that’s why Austin was keen to go head-over-heels into an empty dugout, and whereas the remainder of the Twins had been there to select him proper again up with a pat on his again.

“I do not assume he cares the place fences are,” Twins supervisor Paul Molitor stated. “He sort of caught it as he bought there and sadly there have been no individuals there. He took a reasonably onerous fall however he is OK.”

Jerry Vasto (0-1) allowed one run on three hits to take the loss in reduction.

Ryan O’Hearn and Rosell Herrera staked Kansas Metropolis to a 2-Zero lead with back-to-back run-scoring doubles within the first, however Minnesota slowly chipped away in constructing a 5-2 lead within the fourth.

Polanco started the comeback with an RBI single, nevertheless it was Kepler’s homer off Jakob Junis — on the pitcher’s 26th birthday, no much less — and back-to-back pictures by Austin and Subject that turned the sport.

It was the sixth time Minnesota has gone back-to-back this season.

Brian Goodwin answered for Kansas Metropolis with an RBI single within the backside of the fourth, and two-run shot by Adalberto Mondesi within the fifth allowed Kansas Metropolis to drag even once more. However Polanco’s homer off Brian Flynn main off the sixth gave Minnesota the lead again for good.

“It was homestand. I am glad we’re taking part in higher for our followers,” stated Royals supervisor Ned Yost, whose membership has received 5 straight collection. “We have not given them a lot to cheer for all summer season lengthy, but they nonetheless cheer for us. So, to have some success right here on the finish of the season makes me really feel somewhat bit higher.”


The Twins rookies poured out of the dugout lengthy after the ultimate pitch and proceeded to run round Kauffman Stadium in what Gibson dubbed the Kentucky Derby. They’re going to need to don their costumes once more to run the Preakness after their remaining recreation in Detroit, then do it yet one more time to run the Belmont Stakes after they conclude their remaining street collection in Oakland subsequent weekend.


Twins pitcher Zack Littell left Saturday’s recreation after growing blood blister on a finger of his pitching hand. “It is good,” he stated earlier than Sunday’s recreation. “Got here on this morning and allow them to drain it once more. Letting it dry up after which take a day or two off catch, then get again at it.”


Eddie Rosario (hamstring) was the DH on Sunday, and Twins supervisor Paul Molitor stated he is being cautious with placing him again within the outfield. “I am hoping he will get there. I do not assume he is feeling that threat is worth it,” Molitor stated. “Because it’s going, I am getting him in there most days as DH.”


Twins: C Mitch Garver (concussion) was feeling higher Sunday, although it is nonetheless unclear when he can be cleared to play. “He is bought extra power,” Molitor stated. “There’s indicators he is getting it behind him.” … 3B Miguel Sano (bruised leg) missed his 10th straight recreation. “He stated he is doing higher,” Molitor stated. “He advised me he wished to attempt to play someday within the Detroit collection.”

Royals: 1B/3B Hunter Dozier (again) was out of the lineup in opposition to Sunday. He is been out and in of the lineup for the previous week. O’Hearn began at 1B and Alcides Escobar at 3B on Sunday.


The Twins proceed their 10-game journey after they go to Detroit for 3 video games starting Monday night time. The Royals’ remaining street journey additionally begins Monday night time, when RHP Brad Keller (8-6, 3.04) is on the mound for the primary of three video games in Pittsburgh.

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