MIN 4, STL 1: Berrios is Back
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Berrios gave St. Louis a heavy dose of curveballs, offering it up 33 times among the 102 pitches on the evening. He got nine swinging strikes and five called strikes on that Uncle Charlie and the Cardinals only managed to put it in play three times. Altogether, Jose had 16 swinging strikes and topped out at 95.5 mph.
This started out as another frustrating night for the offense, as Cardinals rookie Jack Flaherty held the bats in check over the first five innings, but they finally broke through.
With two down in the sixth inning, the Twins strung together consecutive singles from Brian Dozier, Eddie Rosario and Eduardo Escobar to tie the game at 1-1. Logan Morrison led off the eighth with a double and scored when the Cardinals couldn’t properly field a Byron Buxton bunt.
Maybe baseball is fair after all. One night after losing because they misfired while fielding a bunt, the Twins scored the go-ahead run because the other guys misfired while fielding a bunt.
Bobby Wilson helped eliminate some drama by blasting a two-run homer to put the Twins up three runs. His last MLB home run was Sept. 21, 2016.
The bullpen locked it down, as Addison Reed retired the only two batters he faced on strikes and Fernando Rodney pitched a perfect ninth inning for his eighth save. He hasn’t given up a run in eight appearances and has surrendered just two hits over that stretch.
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
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