MIN 5, TOR 0: All-Star, Indeed
Image courtesy of © Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY SportsSnapshot (chart via FanGraphs)
Jose Berrios: 81 Game Score, 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 9 K, 1 BB, 63.7% strikes
Bullpen: 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 K, 0 BB
Lineup: 3-for-9 w/RISP, 5 LOB
WPA of 0.1 or higher: Berrios .451
WPA of -0.1 or lower: Wilson -.176
Let’s go around the horn …
There were a couple things that just gave you the vibe this was going to be the Twins’ day. First, they actually won a replay challenge. In the fifth inning, it appeared Taylor Motter had been picked off. He broke from first, the pitcher threw over there and Motter was called out on the throw over to second. Instead, the call was overturned, as the tag missed.
The Twins couldn’t score that inning, but the sixth led off with Joe Mauer sending a pretty routine fly ball out to left field. Teoscar Hernandez just flat out dropped it, Mauer hustled into second and would later score the first run of the ballgame. Nice to see some things break the Twins’ way for a change.
Jose Berrios had a great night. Take a look at this awesome overlay of his changeup and curveball:
How!?!? How do hitters ever even make contact off him? That’s disgusting. La MaKina pitched seven shutout innings, gave up just four hits, walked one and racked up nine strikeouts. Trevor Hildenberger and Ryan Pressly followed suit with scoreless innings to complete the shutout.
Eduardo Escobar had been on a bit of a cold streak heading into this game. Over his previous 28 contests, Esky was hitting just .200/.289/.320, but here’s hoping tonight is a sign of things to come.
Escobar was 2-for-4 with a double and a three-run homer that served as the finishing blow in the top of the eighth.
In addition to this game going very well, there was a lot of positive Twins-related news today. Addison Reed threw a bullpen and Phil Miller of the Star Trib reported that “it sounds like he’ll be off the disabled list in the next day or two.” Byron Buxton took batting practice with Rochester today, the first time he’s been able to participate since suffering his hand injury. Ervin Santana will make his 2018 debut with the Twins tomorrow.
The cherry on top of all that positive injury news was that Miguel Sano had a very nice game with the Red Wings, going 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and an RBI. He even added a couple of nice plays at third base.
***UPDATE: It was reported after the game that in order to make room for Santana on both the 25-man and 40-man rosters Taylor Motter was designated for assignment.
Postgame With Escobar
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
AL Central Standings
MIN 46-53 (-7.5)
DET 43-60 (-12.5)
CHW 36-64 (-18)
KC 31-69 (-23)
Next Three Games
Wed at TOR, 3:07 pm CT: Ervin Santana vs. Sam Gaviglio
Thu at BOS, 6:10 pm CT: TBD
Fri at BOS, 6:10 pm CT: TBD
Last Three Games
MIN 8, TOR 3: Twins Cruise Over Toronto
KC 5, MIN 3: Royals Sweep Twins, Butera Hits Inside-the-Park Homer (Seriously)
KC 4, MIN 2: For Sale
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