MIN 8, TOR 0: Perez Impresses, Bats Bounce Stroman Early
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Perez: 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K, 64.7% strikes (66 of 102 pitches)
Home Runs: Castro (4), Rosario (12), Polanco (6)
Multi-Hit Games: Polanco (3-for-4, 2B, HR, BB), Cruz (3-for-5), Castro (2-for-3, HR), Schoop (2-for-4, 2 2B)
WPA of +0.1: Perez .216, Castro .153
WPA of -0.1: None
(chart via FanGraphs)
In the first inning, the Twins were able to score an early run with back-to-back hits, an error on an attempted pickoff, and a Rosario RBI. Jason Castro was able to continue his strong hitting performance with a two-run home run in the next inning to extend the lead to 3-0. Perez was able to retire his first six batters with two strikeouts.
In the top of the fourth, Castro was able to pick up his third RBI of the game on a sacrifice to second that scored Marwin Gonzalez after a Jonathan Schoop double. Byron Buxton was able to follow that up with his MLB-leading 15th double of the season to extend the lead to 5-0. Perez finally gave up his first hit of the game in the bottom of the fourth, and after a walk found himself in a little pickle with one out. Perez was able to get Vlad Guerroro Jr. to ground to third, and Gonzalez was able to make a nice throw across the diamond to complete the double play and get out of the inning.
Rosario was able to end a 2-for-30 stretch, with no home runs, with a solo home run in the fifth and to take back his American League lead in home runs with 12.
After the sixth inning, Perez had given up only two hits and eight strikeouts with a shutout. Polanco was able to pick up his second hit of the game with a solo shot in the seventh to make it 7-0. Perez ended his night in a 1-2-3 fashion in the bottom of the seventh, striking out one to bring his total on the game to nine. His final stat line was seven shutout innings, two hits, two walks and nine strikeouts as he improved to 5-0 on the year with a 2.83 ERA.
Ryne Harper came in for the eighth and continued the good pitching day with a 1-2-3 inning of his own which included one strikeout. The Twins added an insurance run in the top of the ninth to extend the lead to 8-0 with Eddie Rosario’s third RBI of the game.
Matt Magill got the ninth inning for the Twins and gave up just one hit as he closed up the ninth and held the shutout for the Twins. With this win, the Twins move to 21-12 on the season
Jose Berrios (5-1, 2.91 ERA) is set to start tomorrow’s game. He'll look to continue his dominance and secure a series win in Toronto.
Postgame With Baldelli
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
Next Three Games
Tue at TOR, 6:07 pm CT (Berrios-Sanchez)
Wed at TOR, 6:07 pm CT (Gibson-Thornton)
Fri vs. DET, 7:10 pm CT (TBD)
NYY 4, MIN 1: Twins Fizzle, Bronx Drizzles
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