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It was nearly perfect. All eyes were on Scott Baker as he took a perfect game against the Kanas City Royals into the ninth inning. A leadoff walk to John Buck then kept the no-hitter intact, but with one out, Mike Sweeney singled to left center to tear apart what could’ve been.
Baker went on to finish the game with a one-hit shutout as the Twins beat the Royals 5-0 at the Metrodome. It could have been just the 18th perfect game in major league history.
Regardless of the outcome, Baker still pitched a phenomenal game and had the support of his offense to secure the win. A two-run single from Jason Bartlett got things rolling early for the Twins in the bottom of the first inning. Justin Morneau extended the Twins lead to 3-0 after a sac fly in the fifth.
Then in the eighth inning, an RBI single from Mike Redmond and sac fly by Rondell White gave the Twins their 5-0 victory.
The timing of Baker’s “almost” perfect game was impeccable as well. On August 30, 2007, just a day earlier, came the tragedy of the 35W bridge collapse. As a result, the game that night was rescheduled as a double header for August 31st. If anything at all, the performance gave a glimpse of hope to a city that had just suffered tragic times.