We’ve been a little Minnesota-heavy here at the Sportress this Friday morning — blame the Blatant Homerism — but even with that in mind, I am reluctant to pass on passing along the funny thing that happened during the Minnesota Twins-Cleveland Indians tilt at Progressive Field on Thursday afternoon in a get-away-day game.
In the top of the 6th inning with the scored tied at 2 apiece, Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe connected on a pitch from Indians right-hander Corey Kluber. Indians center fielder Michael Brantley chased the ball back to the fence but ran out of real estate as the ball was deposited into the green bushes right above the wall.
Plouffe, who lost sight of the ball and believing that Brantley had caught the ball after the center fielder raised his glove, began trotting back to the visitors dugout. That is until he noticed the umpires circling their respective fingers and then he quickly realized he had just hit a solo shot, his 23rd round-tripper of the season.
After the game, Plouffe called the awkward and somewhat embarrassing experience as a “kind of a low-to-high emotion at that point of the game.,” as it briefly gave Minnesota the lead, only for the team to allow Cleveland to tie it up in the bottom half of the 6th and ultimately losing the game to the Tribe 4-3 in extra innings.