MLB Game Summary - LA Dodgers at Minnesota, Game Two|
(Thursday, May 1st)
Final Score: LA Dodgers 4, Minnesota 3 (12 innings)
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Scott Van Slyke homered in the 12th
inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers completed a doubleheader and three-game
sweep of the Minnesota Twins with a 4-3 win at Target Field.
Van Slyke led off the 12th by clobbering a 2-1 pitch from Brian Duensing (0-1)
over the wall in left-center field.
Drew Butera added a two-out blast off Duensing, which became critical after
Kenley Jansen's rough outing.
"It feels nice to hit a home run any time," said Butera.
The Twins loaded the bases with no outs against the Los Angeles closer on a
bloop single by Jason Kubel and two walks. Joe Mauer plated a run with a
sacrifice fly, but Minnesota stranded two men in scoring position as Jansen
earned his 11th save.
Chris Colabello lined out to first baseman Adrian Gonzalez to end the
"It was pretty true. I didn't really side-spin it at all, maybe hoping that it
was going to get over his head or get a deflection, or something like that,"
The Dodgers, who posted a 9-4 win in the opener of this twinbill, drew a
whopping 12 walks and collected 11 hits, but finished 2-for-13 with runners in
scoring position and stranded 16.
Jamey Wright (2-1) picked up the win after allowing one hit in three scoreless
The Game 2 starters were each summoned from the minors.
Red Patterson's major league debut got off to an inauspicious beginning. The
Los Angeles right-hander gave up consecutive singles and issued a one-out walk
to load the bases in the first inning, but settled down to limit the damage to
A sac fly by Josmil Pinto was the first of 11 straight batters retired by the
soon-to-be 27-year-old Patterson, who walked two more before being removed
with two outs in the fifth.
Kris Johnson, 29, got the starting assignment for Minnesota and sidestepped
several jams to hold the Dodgers scoreless over 4 1/3 innings. He gave up only
four hits -- all singles -- and struck out five, but walked six.
Anthony Swarzak relieved Johnson, making his second MLB start, with men on
the corners and induced an inning-ending double play by Matt Kemp.
The Dodgers tied the game in the sixth when Juan Uribe followed Van Slyke's
leadoff triple with a single up the middle. Van Slyke hammered Swarzak's pitch
to straightaway center field and Aaron Hicks failed to make a leaping grab as
he slammed back-first into the wall.
Los Angeles loaded the bases later in the inning on consecutive two-out walks
by Swarzak, but Michael Tonkin foiled the threat by getting Hanley Ramirez to
pop out to first baseman Colabello in foul territory.
The Twins then regained the lead in the home sixth after the Dodgers committed
errors on back-to-back plays.
Gonzalez led off the seventh with a home run to left-center field off Tonkin,
who later walked the bases loaded.
The game remained tied, however, thanks to a splendid defensive play by Brian
Dozier. The Minnesota second baseman dove to his right and snared a Dee Gordon
liner to save at least two runs.
Minnesota suffered its seventh straight loss to an NL opponent ... Mauer, who
had three of the Twins' six hits, has hit safely in all 11 career games
against the Dodgers ... Minnesota was 1-for-10 with runners in scoring
position and left 10 men on base ... The game lasted five hours and 11
05/02 02:19:18 ET