Twins title hopes vanished with 3-1 loss
Stellar pitching and timely hitting gave the Mets a 3-1 victory over the Twins in addition to the regular-season Brainerd Parks and Recreation Bronco League title Monday.
The Twins, who entered the game with an 11-3 record, needed to defeat the Mets to keep their title hopes alive but the Mets' Carl Sneep registered seven strikeouts and Dan Lepel fanned four batters as the two hurlers combined to toss a 5-hitter.
Jacob Johnson's sixth-inning leadoff homer provided the Twins' lone run.
The Mets, who entered the game with a 13-1-1 record threatened nearly every inning and produced single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings.
In the third, Nick Schueller stroked his second single of the game and, following a walk, scored on a base hit by Sneep.
Darin Underhill led off the fourth frame with a single, advanced on a base hit by Aaron Carnes and later scored.
In the fifth inning, Chris Smolke led off with a triple and, with two outs, scored on Sneep's third single of the game.
The Twins' Peter Goeman pitched admirably as he struck out five batters.
The Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department's Mid-Season Classics are today with the Bronco League game at 5:30 p.m. at Bane Park and the Pony League game at 6 p.m. at Bane Park.
The playoffs begin Monday.
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