MIN 6, DET 1: Stewart Impresses, Rosario Exits Due to Injury
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Stewart: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 59.3% strikes (51 of 86 pitches)
Home Runs: Rosario (24), Polanco (6)
Multi-Hit Games: Polanco (2-for-4, HR), Grossman (2-for-4, 2B)
WPA of 0.1 or higher: Stewart .230
WPA of -0.1 or lower: None
Gabriel Moya served as the opener for tonight’s game. He held the Tigers scoreless, giving up one hit while striking out a batter in the first. The last time Moya opened, he covered the first two innings, but this time it was only the first frame.
That’s where Stewart took over. He could have afforded to throw more strikes, though on the other hand, he did successfully keep Tigers hitters off balance. As is the norm, he relied heavily on his sinker and did a very nice job at limiting the damage. To my eyes, he also just looked really comfortable on the mound compared to some of his other outings.
The highlight of the game came from Jake Cave, who made another tremendous diving catch.
That play ended the third inning, the Twins responded with a four-run top of the fourth that included an RBI single from Cave.
It was station-to-station baseball that inning. Robbie Grossman led things off with a double, which was followed by the Cave single. Logan Forsythe and Ehire Adrianza added a couple more singles, bringing Cave around to score, then Willians Astudillo hit into a run-scoring ground out. Joe Mauer capped it all off with an RBI single of his own.
Rosario homered in the first inning and played the outfield for the first time since Sept. 7. It’ll probably be awhile before he’s out there again. Rosie slipped while fielding a ball and aggravated the quad injury he’s been dealing with since the end of August.
It looked pretty gruesome at first, he couldn’t get back up to throw the ball back to the infield, but after gathering himself, Eddie was able to walk off the field under his own power.
Postgame With Stewart
Next Three Games
Tue at DET, 6:10 pm CT: Jake Odorizzi vs. Daniel Norris
Wed at DET, 12:10 pm CT: TBD vs. Spencer Turnbull
Fri at OAK, 9:05 pm CT: TBD
Last Three Games
MIN 9, KC 6: Twins Swat Four Homers, Avoid Sweep
KC 10, MIN 3: It’s a Hard Road
KC 8, MIN 4: OH THE HUMANITY!!!
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