MIL 2, MIN 0: Strikeouts Galore
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Jake Odorizzi: 51 Game Score, 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 9 K, 4 BB, 61.5% strikes
Bullpen: 3 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 7 K, 0 BB
Lineup: 0-for-5 w/RISP, 8 LOB
Bottom three per WPA: Jake Cave -.118, Max Kepler -.111, Bobby Wilson -.105
As you can probably tell from that intro, if you didn’t get a chance to watch today’s game you really didn’t miss much. The two pitching staffs combined to strike out 29 batters while surrendering only six hits.
In what is the same old story that we have been telling all year, with the exception of Eddie Rosario and Eduardo Escobar the Twins offense was completely nonexistent. The only two times a Twin not named Rosario or Escobar reached base were on a first inning double by Jorge Polanco and a fourth inning walk from Max Kepler.
Jake Odorizzi had another one of his patented five inning outings. In each of his 18 outings so far this year, Odorizzi has yet to pitch more than six innings. This biggest reason for that is the 19.3 pitches per inning that he is averaging this year, which leads all qualified starting pitchers by nearly a pitch per inning.
The lone runs in the game came on a two-run home run from Brewers outfielder Eric Thames in the bottom of the fifth.
If there is one bright spot the Twins can take away from today’s game, it is the performances from Ryan Pressly and Gabriel Moya (who was called up today). The two combined to throw three perfect innings in relief, striking out seven of the nine batters that they faced.
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
AL Central Standings
DET 38-49 (-10)
MIN 35-47 (-10.5)
CWS 29-55 (-17.5)
KC 25-59 (-21.5)
Next Three Games
Wednesday @ MIL, 3:10 PM CST – RHP Jose Berrios vs RHP Chase Anderson
Thursday vs BAL, 7:10 PM CST – TBD vs TBD
Friday vs BAL, 7:10 PM CST – TBD vs TBD
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CHC 11, MIN 10: Epic Comeback Falls Short
CHC 14, MIN 9: It’s Not the Heat, It’s … Actually, It Is the Heat This Time
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