Thanks to Byron Buxton, the bleak outlook that the Minnesota Twins had entering the ninth inning of Friday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles turned around 180 degrees.

Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth, Byron Buxton came to the plate with a man on. On the third pitch of the at-bat, Buxton sent a ball over the left field wall, sending the Minnesota fans into a state of euphoria and giving his Twins a 3-2 win.

As soon as the ball went over the fence, MLB fans were sending well-earned praise Buxton’s way.

Another player that must be credited for Friday’s dramatic finish Luis Arráez. Arráez led off the inning for the Twins, who didn’t have even baserunner between the second and eighth innings.

But Arráez not only broke that string but did so in a lengthy nine-pitch at-bat that ended with an infield single. That put the tying run on base, brought the winning run to the plate and gave Buxton plenty of pitches to see from Baltimore reliever, Jorge López.

Arráez didn’t get quite as much praise as Buxton but his contributions weren’t unnoticed.

The walk-off blast was Buxton’s 21st home run of the season. He’s not only already at his career-high but is tied for fourth in the American League with Anthony Rizzo, trailing only Aaron Judge, Mike Trout and Yordan Alvarez

[Bally Sports North]

About Michael Dixon

Michael has a background in sports writing both online (Bleacher Report, Sportsnaut, Fantasy Baseball Crackerjacks) and in print (Sedona Red Rock News, Brentwood Press). Sports have been a lifeline passion for Michael and he continues to enjoy writing and talking about them.