Twins-Rangers: Bobby Korecky Does It All In 11-Inning Win

Michael PopeAnalyst IMay 19, 2008

For one night at least, Bobby Korecky was a star.

In a tie game in the top of the 11th and after Juan Rincon loaded the bases with one out, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire called upon the rookie to try and get out of the jam.

Pitching in only his sixth game, Korecky battled Ian Kinsler to a 3-2 count before getting the second baseman to pop out weakly to right field.  The next batter, Michael Young, struck out swinging to end the inning.

Then, with one out in the bottom of the 11th, Korecky came to the plate because Gardenhire earlier had to shift his designated hitter, Brendan Harris, to shortstop, nullifying the DH. The Twins had no position players left to pinch-hit.

Korecky lined the first pitch he saw, a 95-mph fastball, into right field between first and second for his first major-league hit.  Soon, Korecky was on third base ready to score the winning run, but the Twins couldn't get the key hit and Korecky went back out to the bump.

He faced the heart of the Texas lineup.  Major league RBI leader Josh Hamilton popped weakly to short, cleanup hitter Milton Bradley grounded out to second and rookie RBI leader David Murphy struck out swinging.

The Twins put together a rally and with Livan Hernandez, an experienced hitting pitcher, on deck to pinch hit for Korecky, Howie Clark lined one over the centerfielder's head to push the winning run across the plate.  With his first big league hit in hand he also picked up his first big league win.

If Clark hadn't gotten that hit, would Gardenhire have called back Livan and let Korecky try for his second hit of the game? 

I would have. It just seemed like his night.