Wetmore: Zany rally completes comeback, earns Twins doubleheader sweep
MINNEAPOLIS - I've never seen an inning like the eighth inning Thursday night and I can say beyond any reasonable doubt that I never will again.
The Twins drew eight walks in the eighth, which in itself is batty. That's a Twins record, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Sergio Santos also threw three wild pitches, each scored a run to help the Twins overcome a two-run deficit. According to popular Twitter account, @cantpredictball, Santos is the first reliever to throw three wild pitches and not record an out.
"That was probably the wildest eighth inning you'll ever see in your life," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We have bodies running everywhere, pitches flying all over the place. I don't know how many times you'll see something like that."
"Maybe in some other league," he added later.
The Major League record for most walks in an inning is 11, set in 1949, according to Baseball Almanac. The Washington Senators offered those free passes to the Yankees, before the franchise moved to Minnesota in 1961.
A sampling of the zany rally: Josmil Pinto walked twice in the inning; the Twins sent eight batters to the plate before they got a hit, when Jason Kubel singled home two runs (off a lefty); that was their only hit of the inning, despite sending 12 men to the plate; Kubel and Eduardo Nunez were the only batters who did not draw a walk in the eighth; the first three runs each came home on separate wild pitches.
"It was hard to watch," Glen Perkins said. "It's fun because it was us but that's tough to watch."
"It's good; a win's a win," Perkins said after the Twins improved to 8-7. "I just think they didn't have it."