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Wait, What? Walk-off Winners!

August 23 vs Minnesota Twins


Sox Office Smash Hit:
Groundhog Day
It's the only explanation: Like Bill Murray learning to play the piano in Punxsutawney, James Shields perfected his new arm angle and the bullpen finally learn how to pitch.

Short Take:  Shields acts like Big Game, the Sox bullpen holds down the fort, and Sox bats come to life late to walk off the Twins 4-3 in the 9th.

I had the pleasure of watching this game from the north woods of Wisconsin - Twins country, and that includes Twins announcers on FS North. So I got to hear how Ervin Santana already beat the Sox 3 times this season, and Shields hadn't beaten the Twins since 2008 or something ridiculous, and how many errors the Sox have committed this year, etc. etc. ad nauseum.

But I did get to cheer from my couch when the Sox walked off the Twins 4-3 tonight.

Sox starter James Shields and Twins starter Santana matched each other for the first few innings. Say what? Am I talking about Shields and Santana in the same breath? Yes, it's true. Actually, for 5 innings, we were treated to a James Shields that was more reminiscent of Big Game James, instead of Big Lame James, as he has been most of the season. Shields' new 3/4 delivery seemed to be effective, and he retired 11 consecutive Twins before leaving a fastball over the plate for Jorge Polanco in the top of the 4th – a big mistake that tied the game.

The Sox had already scored in the 3rd, with the first hit and first run of the game on the same pitch - and it wasn't by a home run. Alen Hanson doubled to the right field corner and stretched it into a triple. The relay throw to 3rd base might have nailed Hanson, but the ball tipped off Eduardo Escobar's glove and trickled into left field foul territory. Hanson got up and raced home to put the Sox on the board.

Shields pitched very well until the 6th. That frame began with Leury Garcia robbing Eduardo Escobar of a leadoff double with a diving, sliding, highlight-reel catch in center field. But that was all the magic the Sox would have in that inning. Shields walked the next hitter, Brian Dozier. Joe Mauer singled, sending Dozier to 3rd. Then Polanco singled and it was 2-1 Twins. After a groundout advanced the runners, Shields' wild pitch allowed Mauer to score to make it 3-1 Twins.

Leury Garcia also contributed with the bat tonight with a homer in the 6th, cutting the lead to 3-2 Twins. And Leury Garcia led the charge to tie it up in the 8th. With Santana out of the game, Garcia doubled off Twins reliever Taylor Rogers. Yoan Moncada followed up with a double to the left field corner, scoring Garcia.

The Sox bullpen for once did the work that it is paid for. The combination of Aaron Bummer, Gregory Infante, and Danny Farquhar allowed no runs or hits in the last 3 innings.

In the bottom of the 9th, Avisail Garcia led off with a single off of Trevor Hildenberger. One of the Twins announcers remarked that now "we get the chance to see Kevan Smith try to bunt again," referring to Smith's failed bunt attempt on a 3rd strike in the 7th inning (paging Rick Renteria: STOP THAT, please). Fortunately, Smith obliged with a perfect sac bunt that got Garcia to 2nd. After an intentional walk to Yolmer Sanchez, Tim Anderson singled between short and 3rd base, and Garcia motored home to beat a bad throw. Walk-off win!

With the series tied at 2 games apiece, the Sox try to win the rubber game against the Twins tomorrow at 7:10 pm CST. Derek Holland faces Jose Berrios.

WSI's
Fandamonium:
 How nice to be on the receiving end of the walk-off, for once.


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