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Ben Revere hits a single against the Twins in the first inning at Target Field

Kyndell Harkness, Star Tribune

Twins catcher Joe Mauer tagged out the Phillies’ Michael Young at home plate in the sixth inning at Target Field on Thursday night.

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The Twins’ Joe Mauer grimaced after striking out in the ninth inning at Target Field. He had one of the Twins’ three hits against the Phillies.

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Revere rides over Twins in 3-2 Phillies win

  • Article by: Phil Miller
  • Star Tribune
  • June 14, 2013 - 7:13 AM

 

Ben Revere smiles a lot, pretty much all the time. But the Twins found out on Thursday: You don’t want to make him mad.

“I was ticked,” Minnesota’s ex- center fielder said about a spectacular highlight that he failed to pull off, a diving attempt at a ball that bounced pass him and gave the Twins a lead. “I was so ticked. But that was good.”

Good for the Phillies, sure. Because an angry Revere basically turned into a one-man rally the next chance he got, sliding home with the winning run in a 3-2 victory over the Twins at Target Field.

“That’s the best game I’ve seen him play. Without a doubt, it’s the best he’s hit the ball, it’s the best he’s run,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said of the former Twins first-round pick, who was traded away last December for a pair of pitchers. “His speed definitely was a factor.”

It was practically the only factor that mattered in the eighth inning, when the Twins clung to a 2-1 lead despite going down 1-2-3 seven times on the night. In a bizarre game, Kevin Correia kept putting runners on base — the Phillies put runners in scoring position in four of the five innings Correia pitched — but then wriggling out of trouble, while Cliff Lee retired 18 of the first 19 hitters he faced in protecting his 1-0 lead.

“I felt like he was out there for three minutes an inning, and I was out there for 30 minutes an inning,” Correia said. “A little bit different way to do it.”

But after a walk and an infield hit in the seventh inning — the hit was a gift, by the way, a missed call by first-base umpire Gary Darling — he gave up a sinking line drive to Justin Morneau that Revere thought he could get to.

“He made a helluva try,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “We were all yelling, ‘Get down!’ “

It did, just off the end of Revere’s glove, and bounced to the wall for a shocking two-run double. Cliff Lee or no, the Twins — outhit 16-3 on the night — had the lead.

“He placed it perfect,” Revere said. “It’s kind of tough to play Morneau [because] he can pull it, he can go opposite field. He’s such a great hitter, you don’t know where to play. I tried my best to get there, just couldn’t do it.”

All it did was give him motivation to get the lead back. Revere, who racked up a career-high four hits and went 8-for-14 in his homecoming series, came to the plate against Jared Burton after pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen hit a leadoff double. His instructions were to bunt Frandsen to third.

He did more.

“I kind of saw that Burton falls off the mound a little bit, so I tried to place it” right behind him, said Revere, who beat out the bunt. A single by Michael Young tied the game and Revere raced to third. That’s where coach Ryne Sandberg told him to hold his ground if Jimmy Rollins hit a chopper.

“I was like, ‘I’m going, I don’t care. I’m going,’ “ Revere said. “[Sandberg] was like, ‘all right, OK.’ “

Sure enough, Rollins hit a two-bouncer that Morneau grabbed 10 feet in front of first base. But Revere was so fast, he beat Morneau’s throw, sliding across the plate safely.

“You have to [throw home]. You can’t let that guy score,” Gardenhire shrugged. “There’s really no other play. Ben just got a great jump. He was flying.”







 

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