I‘ve been fortunate to maintain contact with a few of my friends from the small North Dakota community where I grew up. The week leading up to the all-star break I was emailing one of these friends. He indicated his plans for the weekend included attending the Twins/Tigers series at Target Field with his father and brother. He then added that they had an extra ticket for Sunday’s game and wondered if I was interested. So sure enough Sunday morning I was up early and headed north on I-35, destination Target Field.
Being able to make such a spur of the moment trip requires a wonderful wife, which I am blessed with. When I mentioned the trip to her, she said, “you better go!” So thanks to my wife and a long time friend I was sitting in the third row behind the visitors’ dugout on a sunny July day at Target Field.
I had a number of reasons to look forward to this game. My favorite Twins player from the previous decade, Torii Hunter, was back in a Twins uniform. Second, this would be my first chance to see Kyle Gibson pitch in person. Finally, the Twins had two rookies I was looking forward to seeing in Miguel Sano and Eddie Rosario.
Sano did not disappoint, in the first inning he reached down for a low pitch and hit it out out to left center field, his second career home run, giving the Twins and Gibson a 2-0 lead they never relinquished. Rosario and Danny Santana each hit triples, Rosario in the third and Santana in the fifth. Gibson cruised through seven innings, giving up one run (unearned) on four hits and two walks, while striking out six. Trevor May pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth to finish off a 7-1 Twins’ win.
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