CHC 14, MIN 9: It’s Not the Heat, it’s ... Actually, It Is the Heat This Time
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Adalberto Mejia: 35 Game Score, 4.0 IP, 4 ER, 1 K, 3 BB, 60.8% strikes
Bullpen: 4.0 IP, 10 ER, 4 K, 4 BB
Lineup: 3-for-10 w/RISP, 7 LOB
WPA of .1 or higher: Rosario .266, Mauer .174, Adrianza .130, Astudillo .128, Wilson .101
WPA of -.1 or lower: Hildenberger -.401, Duke -.282, Mejia -.240, Reed -.223
The Twins held a 7-4 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, but the bullpen collapsed. It wasn’t like they get bombarded by big hits, the Twins relievers just couldn’t get anybody out.
Addison Reed and Trevor Hildenberger combined to give up nine earned runs over a single inning of work. The Cubs had 20 hits and scored 14 runs, but they only had three extra-base hits, all of them doubles.
Before he exited the game, Rosario hit a two-out two-run homer, his 18th of the season. Joe Mauer had another nice day at the plate, going 2-for-5 with a bases-clearing double. Ehire Adrianza and Robbie Grossman also had two hits a piece. Rosario was replaced by Astudillo, who got a base hit on the first pitch he ever saw as a major leaguer.
Bobby Wilson spent nearly a half hour behind the plate during the bottom of the fifth and then had to leadoff the top of the sixth inning. He had to take a couple breathers during his plate appearance, but wound up drawing a seven-pitch walk.
It seemed like at any moment we were going to find out what Wilson ate for lunch, but he advanced to second on a Grossman single, went to third on a sac fly and then scored on another sac fly. He was replaced by Mitch Garver the next half inning. I’ve never seen a more gutsy performance of a guy managing to keep everything inside his guts.
OK, but seriously, it was crazy hot. Heat exhaustion is no joke and I hope everybody involved in this game comes out of it feeling alright. Home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt called a three hour and 44 minute game. He had a cold towel around his neck. Not sure if I’ve ever seen that before. Maybe they should have allowed the players to do the same.
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
AL Central Standings
MIN 35-44 (-8.5)
DET 36-48 (-10)
CHW 28-53 (-16.5)
KC 25-56 (-19.5)
Next Three Games
Sun at CHC, 1:20 pm CT: Lance Lynn vs. Jon Lester
Mon at MIL, 7:10 pm CT: TBD
Tue at MIL, 3:10 pm CT: TBD
Last Three Games
CHC 10, MIN 6: Hey, Remember Joe Mauer?
MIN 2, CHW 1: Walking Away With a Win
CHW 6, MIN 1: Gibby Gets Got
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