MIN 3, KC 1: Minnesota’s All-Star Shines
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Jose Berrios: 75 Game Score, 7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 8 K, 0 BB,
Bullpen: 2 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 3 K, 1 BB
Lineup: 3-for-13 w/RISP, 12 LOB
Top three per WPA: Jose Berrios .276, Eduardo Escobar .234, Joe Mauer .154
It was smooth sailing for Jose Berrios through the first two innings, where he was perfect with three punchouts. However, the Royals got to him in the third with back-to-back doubles from Alex Gordon and Alcides Escobar to lead off the inning. Berrios was able to keep Escobar at second to get out of the inning with just one run allowed.
Berrios ran into more trouble in the fourth, when he had second and third with nobody out after a hit-by-pitch and a double. Berrios was yet again able to work out of a jam by striking out Lucas Duda, before getting a couple of groundouts.
All night the Twins were giving themselves plenty of chances to get on the scoreboard, but every time they got a runner into scoring position they failed to bring him in. That all changed, however, in the bottom of the seventh.
Bobby Wilson led off the inning with a double and was then pinch-run for by Jake Cave. Joe Mauer followed that up with a single, advancing Cave to third. The Twins were able to tie it up with an RBI groundout by Eddie Rosario. After a Brian Dozier walk, the Twins took the lead on this RBI single from Eduardo Escobar.
The Twins added an insurance run in the eighth inning, coming on Joe Mauer’s third single of the night. However, this run wasn’t necessary as Trevor Hildenberger and Fernando Rodney did their job, closing the door on the Twins fifth victory in a row.
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
MIN 40-48 (-8.5)
DET 40-53 (-11)
CWS 30-60 (-19.5)
KC 25-65 (-24.5)
Next Three Games
Tuesday vs KC, 7:10 PM CST – RHP Aaron Slegers vs RHP Ian Kennedy
Wednesday vs KC, 12:10 PM CST – RHP Lance Lynn vs RHP Burch Smith
Thursday vs TB, 7:10 PM CST – RHP Kyle Gibson vs TBD
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