OAK 7, MIN 6: Khrush Davis Walks Off Twins
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Berrios: 47 Game Score, 5.2 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 8 K, 56.7% strikes (59 of 104 pitches)
Home Runs: Grossman (5)
Multi-Hit Games: Cave (2-for-4, 2B), Adrianza (2-for-4, 2 2B)
WPA of 0.1 or higher: Polanco .307, Adrianza 180, Rogers .165, May .105
WPA of -0.1 or lower: Mauer -.104, Petit -.144, Berrios -.159, Magill -.281, Moya .301
The Twins fell behind 4-0 in this one but stormed back with six runs in the sixth inning. Robbie Grossman hit a two-run home run, Ehire Adrianza had an RBI double and Jorge Polanco delivered a bases-clearing double in that inning.
Jose Berrios walked the leadoff man in the bottom of the sixth on four pitches. He struck out the next two batters, but with lefty Matt Joyce about to come up as a pinch hitter, Paul Molitor decided to turn the game over to lefty Gabriel Moya. The only problem was the A’s had approximately 73 other hitters on their active roster.
OK, that’s just a lame September baseball joke, but Oakland did then swap out Joyce for lefty killer Mark Canha. It was a good move, as Canha blasted a game-tying two-run homer.
The bullpens kept things locked up over the next three innings. Both Trevor May and Taylor Rogers pitched 1 1/3 innings of no-hit ball before Matt Magill gave up the walk-off home run.
If it seems like the Twins have given up a ton of walk-off homers this year, it's because they have!
On the downside, Berrios is not ending things on a high note. Over his last eight starts, Berrios has a 5.49 ERA (24 earned runs in 39.1 IP). Also, Joe Mauer was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts tonight.
On the plus side, Rogers is looking more and more like a relief ace all the time. His scoreless inning streak is up to 23 1/3 innings. Also, the Twins got a taste of what a postseason chase looks like, playing a hard-fought game in front of a rowdy Oakland crowd.
Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com relayed a bunch of depressing news via Twitter pregame. Miguel Sano was sent back to Minnesota to have his knee re-evaluated, Logan Forsythe was out with a sore knee of his own and Mitch Garver won’t catch again this year due to post-concussion symptoms.
On a brighter note, Eddie Rosario’s MRI came back clean and Addison Reed has left the team to be with his wife, who is expecting their second child.
Next Three Games
Sat at OAK, 8:05 pm CT: Chase De Jong vs. Mike Fiers
Sun at OAK, 3:05 pm CT: Kyle Gibson vs. TBD
Tue vs. DET, 7:10 pm CT: TBD
Last Three Games
MIN 8, DET 2: Gonsalves Stymies Tigers
MIN 5, DET 3: Odorizzi Turns In Another Quality Start
MIN 6, DET 1: Stewart Impresses, Rosario Exits Due to Injury
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