The Milwaukee Brewers and Minnesota Twins matched up tonight at Target Field. Corbin Burnes took the mound for the Brew Crew, and Kenta Maeda did the same for the Twins. Both starters would pitch well in this one.
Milwaukee hitters were completely befuddled by a man with absolute command of his seemingly 37 pitch repertoire. At one point, Maeda struck out eight Brewers’ batters in a row, and he carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning.
No one on either team had a hit in this contest until the bottom of the fifth inning. Luis Arraez did the honors with a double into the right centerfield gap. Miguel Sano followed with a double of his own that got past the shortstop and into the gap. The hit scored Arraez and gave the Twins a 1-0 lead.
Minnesota looked as if they might tack on one or two more runs. They had the bases loaded with Nelson Cruz at the plate. Corbin Burnes was able to strike out the big man with a slow curve off the outer part of the plate.
Burnes had been cruising prior to that inning. Unfortunately it took him 34 pitches to get through the inning. As a result, Burnes’ night was finished after five innings. Nonetheless, he had a successful night on the mound covering the five innings giving up two hits and striking out five.
Alex Claudio took the ball in the bottom of sixth. The ground ball specialist got the Twins to go down in order with two fly balls into the outfield and a soft line drive to the shortstop.
Eric Yardley got the bottom of the seventh inning. Miguel Sano laced a double down the left field line for just the third hit of the night. Alex Avila worked a walk off of the side-armer.
With runners on first and second and one out, Craig Counsell went to Brent Suter to get the Brewers out of the jam. Unfortunately he was unable to do so. Suter did get Max Kepler to pop out, Jorge Polanco punched a single down the first base line. Pinch runner for Sano, Ehire Adrianza, scored their second run of the game.
A chink in the armor of Kenta Maeda occurred in the top of the eighth. Omar Narvaez worked a stellar at-bat that resulted in a walk and put Maeda well over the 100 pitch mark. While the Brewers did not capitalize in the eighth, the Narvaez at-bat may have impacted Maeda coming into the ninth.
In the bottom of the eighth, the 6’8” left-handed human trebuchet, Angel Perdomo, made MLB debut. The nerves were on display for the young man tonight. As has been his penchant, he gave up a walk to the first hitter he faced, Eddie Rosario. As is also his penchant, he followed the walk with a strike out of Marwin Gonzalez on a nice slider.
Rosario did steal second on the strike three call. Perdomo balked Rosario to third. Luis Arraez next worked a walk. The third run of the game for the Twins crossed the plate as Ehire Adrianza got a bunt single as no one was able to cover first base with Justin Smoak charging. A double play ground ball got the big man out of the inning with limited damage.
The top of the ninth saw Maeda come out three outs away from a no-hitter. Leading off the inning, Eric Sogard broke it up immediately with a softly hit ball into centerfield for single. With the hit, Twins’ manager, Rocco Baldelli was out of the dugout and making the call to the bullpen.
With the exit of Maeda, the Brewers had their best chance of the night. Tyler Rogers got the call from Baldelli. Avisail Garcia drilled a double off the left field wall that sent Sogard to third and brought Christian Yelich to the plate. Rogers walked him to load the bases and no one out.
Keston Hiura drove in the first run of the night for Milwaukee with a single to centerfield. Sogard scored, and everyone moved up ninety feet.
Pinch hitter, Jedd Gyorko, was up next. He hit a slow ground ball to the shortstop that result in an out at second, but two runs scored on a errant throw on the attempt at the double play. All of a sudden, Kenta Maeda was getting a no-decision, and the Brewers tied the ball game in the ninth.
Devin Williams got the call to take the bottom of the ninth and keep the game tied. All three outs Williams got came on strike out via an elite change up. To extra innings things went.
Both teams came out and played the tenth inning with a runner standing on second. In both cases, that runner did not advance. Josh Hader pitched the bottom of the tenth for Milwaukee and struck out two of the three hitters he faced.
The Brewers failed to score in the top of the eleventh. The Twins failed to score in the bottom of the eleventh. With runners on second and third in the top of the twelfth, the Brewers were unable to score.
In the bottom of the twelfth, the Twins got to have Byron Buxton on second. He advanced to third on a swinging bunt by Alex Avila. Bringing in Ryan Braun to the infield, the Brewers attempted to keep Buxton from scoring on a ground ball. Unfortunately Jorge Polanco dribbled a ball slow enough that Buxton, gifted with elite speed, scored the game winning run for the Twins. David Phelps took the tough-luck loss.
These two teams get after it again tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 CT. Brett Anderson gets the ball for the Brewers. The starter for the Twins is yet to be determined. WTMJ 620 and Fox Sports Wisconsin will carry the game live.