CLE 9, MIN 8: Twins Fight Back, Fall Short
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Current record: 22-30
Jake Odorizzi: 11 Game Score, 3.2 IP, 7 ER, 3 K, 2 BB, 60.9% strikes
Bullpen: 5.1 IP, 1 ER, 2 K, 1 BB
Lineup: 4-for-6 w/RISP, 5 LOB
Top three per WPA: Sano .256, Escobar .047, Duke .043
The comeback was capped by a Miguel Sano three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning. Had the Twins won, it would have been the biggest comeback in team history.
Unfortunately, Francisco Lindor homered off Addison Reed in the very next inning to put Cleveland back up for good. Lindor just destroyed the Twins tonight, going 4-for-5 with two doubles and two home runs.
Jake Odorizzi got eaten alive by Cleveland, giving up eight runs (seven earned) on seven hits and two walks over just 3 2/3 innings.
Along with Sano, Logan Morrison and Eduardo Escobar homered for the Twins. Multi-hit games came from Sano, Escobar, Eddie Rosario, Robbie Grossman and Ryan LaMarre. Tyler Duffey, making his first appearance since being called up from Rochester, pitched two perfect innings.
Brian Dozier and Mitch Garver were both 0-for-4 with three men left on base.
There were a couple of rare double plays turned in this one. The bottom of the first ended on a Sano strikeout in which the catcher back-picked Rosario, who was being too greedy on his secondary lead. Then in the top of the eighth, the Twins turned a pretty strange 3-2-3 double play. It was a grounder hit to Morrison, who went to step on first but missed the bag. He fired home and Garver tagged out the runner trying to score, then he lobbed it back to LoMo to record the out at first base.
Postgame With Molitor
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
AL Central Standings
DET 26-30 (-4.5)
MIN 22-30 (-6.5)
KC 20-36 (-10.5)
CHW 16-37 (-13.0)
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Fri vs. CLE, 7:10 pm CT
Sat vs. CLE, 3:10 pm CT
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