KC 4, MIN 1: Good, Great, GRAND, WONDERFUL!
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Berrios: 68 Game Score, 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 5 K, 2 BB, 62.8% strikes (59 of 94 pitches)
Home Runs: I don’t wanna talk about it, OK?
Multi-Hit Games: EVERYTHING IS FINE!
WPA of 0.1 or higher: Berrios .197
WPA of -0.1 or lower: Mauer -.104, Duffey -.195
Lopez, 25, had just six MLB starts heading into tonight. His longest MLB outing came just in his last start when he went seven innings.
The last time he recorded an out in the eighth inning at any level was back on Aug. 25, 2016 when he was in Double A. The last time he completed eight innings was Aug. 1, 2015, again at the Double A level. In 197 career games as a professional, Lopez had never recorded an out in the ninth inning. Never ever, at any level.
He still hasn’t, thank goodness.
Lopez carried a perfect game into the ninth inning, but walked Max Kepler to open the final frame. That was followed by a single up the middle from Robbie Grossman to break up the no-hitter. Crisis averted, I guess.
That was it for Lopez, but if tonight was any indication, we’ll be seeing quite a bit more of him over the next several years. The Royals’ defense deserves some recognition, as well. Lopez only struck out four batters, leaving a lot of outs to be made in the field.
On the positive side, Jose Berrios went more than five innings for the first time in six starts. In his previous five outings, Berrios had given up 16 earned runs on 26 hits and 13 walks over 21 2/3 innings (6.65 ERA, 1.80 WHIP), so it was great to see Jose back on track Saturday evening. He gave up one run over six innings.
Tyler Duffey was the first man out of the bullpen. He faced five batters and managed to give up three runs while recording two outs. Andrew Vasquez (0.2 IP), John Curtiss (0.2 IP) and Addison Reed (1.0 IP) shut out the Royals from there.
The Twins even managed to score a run in the ninth inning on an Ehrie Adrianza sacrifice fly (yay!).
If you’re still here, bless your heart. If you need to blow off some steam in the comments section go ahead and fire away, but remember: NO YELLING ON THE BUS!!!
Next Three Games
Sun vs. KC, 1:10 pm CT: TBD vs. Ian Kennedy
Mon vs. NYY, 7:10 pm CT: TBD
Tue vs. NYY, 7:10 pm CT: TBD
Last Three Games
MIN 10, KC 6: It’s a Lot Easier to Beat Bad Teams
HOU 9, MIN 1: The Astros Are Really Good At Baseball
HOU 5, MIN 2: Rough Opener, Strong Stewart Homecoming
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