MIN 5, LAA 4: Rally Rosie
Image courtesy of © Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY SportsSnapshot (chart via FanGraphs)
The Twins really couldn’t get much of anything going until the ninth. Take a look at that graph, they really stormed back and swiped this game away from the Angels. Brian Dozier hit a solo homer in first inning, Rosario added a solo tater in the sixth and that was it prior to the big three-run ninth. Here’s how that unfolded:
Robbie Grossman strikeout.
Logan Morrison double.
Max Kepler (pinch hitting for Byron Buxton) intentional walk.
Garver (pinch hitting for Ehire Adrianza) single scores Morrison, Kepler goes first-to-third.
Wilson sac fly scores Kepler.
That gives Rosario six home runs in 10 games so far this month. Dozier followed up his 4-for-4 night by going 2-for-3 with a walk. Grossman also collected two hits.
Lance Lynn failed to complete five innings for the third time in seven starts and posted a game score under 35 for the fourth time. Is this just the new Lance Lynn?
Last season, he completed five innings in 29 of his 33 starts and had a game score below 35 just three times. Getting to camp late couldn’t have helped, and the switch to the AL can be difficult, but he couldn’t have fallen this far this fast, right?
Luckily the bullpen was outstanding. Taylor Rogers entered the game with the bases loaded and two out in the fifth and got the third out on a weak comebacker. That was huge.
Trevor Hildenberger struck out three batters over 1 1/3 perfect innings. Zach Duke struck out the only batter he faced (Shohei Ohtani). Matt Magill pitched a perfect eighth to pick up his first MLB victory. Rodney gave up some hard contact, but he got the job done for his sixth save on the season.
Postgame With Molitor
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
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Sun at LAA, 3:07 pm CT
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