Things got crazy in the Twins dugout around the 10th inning Friday as their struggling offense matched up with Houston’s.
The Twins were running out of bench players so pitchers began putting their cleats on and reporting for extra duty.
‘‘Panic mode” second baseman Brian Dozier said. ‘‘Pitchers love that stuff. They think they can hit.”
As it turned out they just needed to bunt.
Righthander Kevin Correia came on in the 13th inning and laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt moving Clete Thomas to second base. That was all Dozier needed as he stroked a single to right scoring Thomas with the winning run as the Twins beat the Houston Astros 4-3.
Correia became the seventh Twins pitcher to make a plate appearance in an American League game with the designated hitter the first since Bobby Korecky hit a single off Texas’ Frank Francisco on May 19 2008.
Correia almost didn’t bat. Mike Pelfrey was on deck while Thomas batted. Despite Pelfrey’s .098 career batting average Twins manager Ro...