MIN 5, BAL 2: Slegers, Cave Lift Twins Out of Slump
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Aaron Slegers: 61 Game Score, 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 K, 1 BB, 65.3% strikes
Bullpen: 3.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 K, 1 BB
Lineup: 2-for-7 w/RISP, 7 LOB
WPA of 0.1 or above: Slegers .266, Hildenberger .126, Cave .120
WPA of -0.1 or below: None
This is exactly the type of game we’ve come to expect from Slegers down in Triple A. He doesn’t overpower hitters (just two strikeouts) but he keeps them off balance. The Orioles only got one run off of three hits and a walk against Slegers, who only needed 72 pitches to complete his six frames.
The Twins scored their first run in the bottom of the third thanks to a pretty comical error by the O’s. Minnesota took a 3-0 lead, but things tightened up again thanks to a pair of Jonathan Scoop solo homers — one off Slegers and the other off Addison Reed.
Clinging to a one-run lead, Trevor Hildenberger pitched a scoreless eighth inning. The Twins added a pair of runs in the bottom half to take some of the excitement out of Fernando Rodney’s night. He pitched a perfect inning with a pair of strikeouts to earn his 18th save.
There was a huge call overturned that hurt the Twins. Max Kepler hit what originally appeared to be a run-scoring double to put the Twins up 4-2 in the sixth. After a closer look, it was determined it was a ground-rule double. Jorge Polanco, who came around to score from first on the play, was forced to go back to third base, where he was eventually left stranded.
Cave was the offensive star of the night, but Logan Morrison was 2-for-4 with his 10th home run and Kepler was 2-for-4 with a double.
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 36-48 (-11.5)
DET 38-51 (-12)
CHW 30-56 (-18.5)
KC 25-61 (-23.5)
Next Three Games
Fri vs. BAL, 7:10 pm CT: Lance Lynn vs. Dylan Bundy
Sat vs. BAL, 1:10 pm CT: Kyle Gibson vs. Kevin Gausman
Sun vs. BAL, 1:10 pm CT: Jake Odorizzi vs. Alex Cobb
Last Three Games
MIL 3, MIN 2: Pushing Against a Stone
MIL 2, MIN 0: Strikeouts Galore
MIL 6, MIN 5: Oh, That Rodney Experience
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