It was a packed house at Target Field. Champagne on ice. Friday night. Oh, yeah, the Twins and their fans were ready to party.
The Angels read the room and gave the Land of Prince crowd just what they wanted: a division title party.
There were some highlights for the Angels, though. Just something to entertain the crowd while they waited for their magic number to hit zero.
First, an absolute bomb by Walsh:
And the rookie on base machine continued to get on base, this time with an RBI hit to tie the game.
I’m going to publicly state it. Logan O’Hoppe is my favorite non-Trout or Ohtani player on the Angels. Which makes him my favorite active player. He hit a three run bomb to get the Angels to an 8-5 deficit in the 8th.
Our halos made the party hosts wait a bit, though. Scoring a run in the 9th to cut the lead to 8-6 and bringing the winning run to the plate. A pop up by Shanuel brought the second out of the inning.
The Twins crowd rose in anticipation. They had to wait some more. Neto worked a walk. Bases loaded, two outs, Brandon Drury at the plate. He bounced out to second to end the game.
Congratulations to the 2023 AL Central Champion Twins!