MLB Game Summary - Milwaukee at Minnesota|
(Sunday, June 17th)
Final Score: Minnesota 5, Milwaukee 4 (15 innings)
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Denard Span ended the marathon between
Minnesota and Milwaukee, driving home the winning run with a two-out single in
the bottom of the 15th inning to lift the Twins past the Brewers, 5-4, at
Trevor Plouffe and Brian Dozier singled around a Ryan Doumit strikeout in the
15th. Jamey Carroll then slapped his fourth hit of the game to right field and
Plouffe was eventually tagged out at third after running through a stop sign.
But the base running miscue did not cost the Twins, as Span delivered with a
base hit -- the Twins' 20th of the game -- to right to spoil Milwaukee's bid
at a sweep.
"Both bullpens did a lot of pitching. So it was just one of those things where
it was nice we were able to come out on top," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire
Juan Perez gave up the decisive hit to Span, but Tim Dillard (0-2) absorbed
Span also finished with four hits for the Twins, who snapped a four-game
losing streak. Anthony Swarzak (1-4), the sixth Minnesota reliever used in the
contest, picked up the win.
The Twins erased a 4-1 deficit in the seventh when starter Zack Greinke
surrendered four consecutive two-out singles. Carroll drove home Plouffe, who
led off with a walk, and Span reached on an infield hit before Ben Revere
and Joe Mauer also delivered run-scoring hits. Greinke struck out Josh
Willingham for a fourth time to end the inning.
"Just left too many balls over the plate. Especially that one inning. Most of
their hits were on mistakes, just catching too much of the plate," Greinke
At the conclusion of the 11th, the game was delayed 42 minutes because of
rain, which had been falling throughout afternoon.
Once the game resumed, the Twins squandered a bases-loaded opportunity in the
The Brewers scored in the first inning when Nyjer Morgan doubled and Aramis
Ramirez plated him with a two-out, ground-ball single to left field.
Greinke pitched out of trouble in the bottom of the first. Revere singled with
one down, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by Milwaukee
catcher Martin Maldonado. But Greinke fanned both Mauer and Willingham to
strand the runner.
The Twins did manage to tie the game in the third after the Brewers had a
runner thrown out at the plate an inning earlier. Carroll led off with a
single and consecutive groundouts moved him to third before Mauer stroked an
RBI single to right field.
Milwaukee retook the lead in the fifth on Corey Hart's three-run homer.
Norichika Aoki doubled and Morgan bunted for a base hit to begin the frame.
After starter Nick Blackburn retired Ryan Braun and Ramirez, Hart crushed a
3-2 offering the opposite way to right field.
Milwaukee recorded 15 hits and left 17 men on base, two more than
Minnesota...The Brewers were 3-for-17 with runners in scoring position...Braun
finished 1-for-7, extending his interleague hitting streak to 22 games...Mauer
was lifted for a pinch-runner in the seventh with a bruised quad muscle,
an injury he sustained earlier in the game...Blackburn gave up four runs on
nine hits in six innings...Greinke allowed four runs and 11 hits over eight
06/17 21:55:27 ET