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in the Box
Stephen Cannella
May 14, 2001
ROYALS 12, TWINS 10May 5
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May 14, 2001

In The Box

May 5

The clich´┐Ż is that defense wins championships, but in this case good glovework may have cost Minnesota a victory. While protecting a 10-8 lead with runners on first and third and one out in the bottom of the ninth, Twins closer LaTroy Hawkins got Joe Randa to hit a pop foul to the first base side. First baseman Doug Mientkiewicz leaned over the railing to make a difficult catch for the second out, but in reaching for the ball he tumbled into the stands.

At the moment Mientkiewicz disappeared from the field, Randa's foul-out became a sacrifice fly. According to the rules, base runners advance one base when a fielder falls out of play while making a catch. Thus Rey Sanchez, the runner at third, was sent home, putting Kansas City within a run, and Jermaine Dye, the runner at first, moved into scoring position. The next hitter, Dave McCarty, drove in Dye with a single to center, tying the game, and the Royals won in 12 innings.