This is major league baseball, 2020 style

Willians Astudillo scores winning run
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If you want to know what major league baseball was like in 2020, Friday's game between the Twins and Tigers at Target Field is the classic example.

The game was in Minneapolis, but the Twins were the road team and the Tigers were the home team.

The game was scheduled to end after seven innings.

It ended in the eight, and goes down in the books as an extra-inning contest.

Oh, and the winning run was scored by someone who was awareded second base just because the game was past regulation length.

Everybody get that?

RECAP: Visitors win game 2 at Target Field. https://t.co/oTJFULrh5p #TwinsWin #MNTwins------ pic.twitter.com/eJH89ApRU8

— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) September 5, 2020

In the end, the Twins were winners 3-2 when Marwin Gonzalez singled home Willians Astudillo, his trademark long hair bundled up in a flying ponytail, in the top of the eighth and Trevor May shut down the Tigers, who also started their at-bat with a runner on second.

The game was jammed into the quirky 60-game schedule after a rain-out of last weekend's game in Detroit between the teams.

Among the other changes instituted for the coronavirus-affected season was that all games played in doubleheaders would go seven innings, and any exta inning would start with a runner on second base, both rules have been tested out in minor league games in the past.

Not this year, though.  All minor league games were canceled because of coronavirus concerns.

“Circumstances, they are a little crazy, a little odd,” Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli said. “You’re reminding yourself what inning it is. You’re reminding yourself that if you score and go ahead, that the game’s not over. You do have to remind yourself of a few things. I don’t think our guys let anything get to them.”

Minnesota won the opener 2-0 with Randy Dobnak picking up his sixth wins, which ties him for the major league lead.

The Twins and Detroit play single games Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at Target Field, with the Twins the home team and all games going nine innings.

You know, just like normal.

Then it's off to St. Louis for the Twins, who play the Cardinals in two seven-inning games on Tuesday before getting the next two days off.

Yep.  This is 2020, all right.