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Saturday, July 2, 2022

The twins hold on to the series finale victory over the Guardians

In the end, Joe Smith achieved what he set out to do: took the Guardians off the board in a scoreless seventh inning. But a roundabout way of doing this would cause heart palpitations in Target Field adherents.

Smith’s high-speed play, six scoreless innings from starter Devin Smeltzer and scoreless games from Joan Duran and Caleb Tilbar, combined with enough offense, helped the Twins win 1-0 to save the final series against the Guardians on Thursday afternoon. at Target Field.

On a day when the Twins could do little offensively—they finished with five hits, three from Carlos Correa and none in the same inning—Nick Gordon’s home run was enough. Playing in place of Byron Buxton, who was eliminated with his troubled right knee inflamed, Gordon squashed a curved ball straight into center field for Zach Plesak in the third inning.

It was enough for Smeltzer, who caused his fair share of weak contact in his six-inning start. Smeltzer allowed just three hits and hit no batters before moving the game to the bullpen.

And that’s when things got interesting.

Smith, in seventh place, passed the first batter he faced, allowed a double, and then hit the next batter to load the bases. But Smith got Ernie Clement to rebound first to Jose Miranda, who landed a shot to Gary Sanchez at the force-out plate. The next batter, Luc Maile, rebounded to Gio Urshela, who tipped the ball before recovering and throwing at Sanchez to get a second force. Miles Straw then lined up to the right for the final exit.

The Twins then turned on Joan Duran, who played a scoreless eighth inning despite hitting a batter. Duran also came out to start ninth, knocking out slugger Franmil Reyes before manager Rocco Baldelli came out to pick him up, a decision that prompted boos from the Target Field crowd.

Facing a southpaw, Tilbar gave up a double to the first batter he faced before getting the last two batters to make his first save of the season.

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