Kepler Saves Twins in 17 Innings Despite Terrible Baseball and Alex Cora Tantrums

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The Twins were yet to lose 3-straight games this season, as they entered Tuesday’s game vs. David Price and the Red Sox with a 2-game losing streak. But, we couldn’t even beat ourselves last night in a 17-inning back-and-forth, that had everything from fielder collisions, to Catcher snap-throw pickoffs, to post-game Alex Cora meltdowns… I couldn’t even stay up past the 10th inning (because I’m an adult with morning responsibilities like typing this), but I heard it was lit.

And it all ended with Max Kepler saving the night morning:

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Kepler didn’t just get the game-winning hit. He had 3 out of the 4 Twins’ RBI on the night, and he didn’t even start the game. He came in as a pinch hitter for Marwin Gonzalez in the 6th inning, where he drew a walk. He then went on to collect 3 RBI’s off of a HR and two singles through the rest of the night, including the game-winner in the 17th and his game-tying HR in the 13th (which the Twins needed, after a Mookie Betts HR that hit off of the LF foul pole in the top-half of that extra inning).

Alright… so why was Alex Cora ready to kill that umpire, and everyone in between the two of them, after the game? Well, because he apparently believes that Eddie Rosario was outside of the batter’s box when he went to bunt this baseball (which is illegal — he would’ve been out) in the 17th inning, before he would go on to double before Kepler’s walkoff..

But, replay shows that Alex Cora is just a sore loser.

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This series is now tied 1-1 and the rubber match will take place tonight with Eduardo Rodriguez taking the mound vs our Kyle Gibson. Speaking of Kyle Gibson, he was the last Twin last night to fail on regional TV during a game they actually ended up winning, by some devine miracle.

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Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan

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