After tonight’s game, it’s difficult to say that the Minnesota Twins aren’t the best team in the AL Central. This isn’t meant as disrespecting the Cleveland Indians. It’s simply meant as a compliment to the Twins for the season they’re having.

It’s fair to say that Jake Odorizzi, tonight’s starting pitcher for the Twins, didn’t have his best stuff tonight starting out. Meanwhile, Mike Soroka, the Braves’ 22-year-old starter, kept putting up perfect innings the first 3 innings. Unfortunately for Soroka, the Twins tend to figure pitchers out by the 4th inning. That’s what they did tonight.

Bookending the Twins 4th inning rally were Nelson Cruz, who beat out a 2-out infield chopper to start the rally, and Luis Arraez. How appropriate that the Twins’ elder statesman (Cruz) and the youngest Twins rookie (Arraez) would put the Twins ahead 2-0. Yes, the Twins lead the MLB in homeruns but the Twins are very good hitters, too.

Odorizzi settled down and gave the Twins another quality start (6 innings pitched, 1 earned run) but failed to earn the victory. After the Twins’ bullpen let the Braves tie the score 3-3, the Twins got 2 sterling innings from Trevor May, who earned the victory.

Once again, the Braves recorded 2 outs in the bottom of the ninth. Unfortunately for them again, they had to face Luis Arraez again. Arraez broke his bat but the ball landed softly in left field. That prompted Rocco Baldelli to pinch hit for Ehire Adrianza. He picked Miguel Sano be was playing for an extra base hit. Had Arraez gotten an extra base hit, Baldelli said he’d likely have picked a different pinch-hitter. Here’s why I’m thankful Arraez got a single:

I’ve been watching Twins baseball since 1966. Back then, the Twins’ slugger was Harmon Killebrew. The announcers then said that “When Harmon hit them, they stayed hit.” Today’s announcers could say the same thing about Sano’s longest blasts. To steal a phrase from announcing legend Joe Garagiola, Sano “is strong enough to hit it out of any park in America — including Yellowstone.”

This is a special Twins team. Whether they’re good enough to win the Twins’ third World Series championship is another matter. Make no mistake, though, about this. This Twins team is as good as the 1991 World Series championship team, at least thus far.

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