OAK 6, MIN 2: Austin Goes Deep Twice in Loss
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Berrios: 43 Game Score, 5.0 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 4 K, 0 BB, 63.8% strikes (60 of 94 pitches)
Home Runs: Austin 2 (14)
Multi-Hit Games: Polanco (2-for-3), Austin (2-for-4, 2 HR)
WPA of 0.1 or higher: Austin .164
WPA of -0.1 or lower: Garver -.119, Grossman -.142, Magill -.185
Austin has six homers in just 46 plate appearances so far with Minnesota, and 14 total in 178 PAs on the season. That 7.9 HR% would lead the league if he had enough playing time to qualify (Oakland’s Khris Davis is the top dog at 7.5%).
His first homer was a mammoth blast to center …
… his second was an oppo taco.
The only other extra-base hit the Twins had was a double from Mitch Garver. After a stretch of strong offensive performances, the Twins have managed just five runs over their past three games.
Jose Berrios started today’s game, and had to be checked out by the training staff in the first inning. La MaKina was sitting 90-91 mph in that first inning, but he stayed in the game and appeared to loosen up as things progressed. By the third inning he was consistently hitting 93-94 mph with his four-seam fastball.
Berrios gave up three runs on eight hits over his five innings of work. He struck out four. Matt Magill,the first man out of the bullpen, gave up three solo homers in an inning. Taylor Rogers (1 2/3 innings) and Trevor Hildenberger (1 1/3 innings) kept things clean from there, but the damage had been done.
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
Next Three Games
Tue at CLE, 6:10 pm CT: Kyle Gibson vs. Carlos Carrasco
Wed at CLE, 6:10 pm CT: Kohl Stewart vs. Adam Plutko
Thu at CLE, 12:10 pm CT: Jake Odorizzi vs. Mike Clevinger
Last Three Games
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