TB 2, MIN 1: Too Little, Too Late
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The Twins sure ran into Jake Odorizzi at the wrong time. Over his previous three starts, the right-hander gave up 13 runs over 12.1 innings, but the streaky starter found his groove Tuesday night. Odorizzi held the Twins hitless into the seventh inning, and finished his night having given up just the one hit (a Joe Mauer single) over 6.2 innings to go with six strikeouts.
Colon turned in a quality start of his own, surrendering two runs over 6.2 innings, but lost the duel. One hitter in particular got the best of him. Lucas Duda drove in both of those runs off Bartolo, hitting a solo homer and an RBI double.
The Twins only offense came in the top of the ninth, as the returning Grossman hit a leadoff homer.
It was fitting Robbie provided the pop, as the significant news tonight all revolved around players returning. Along with Grossman being activated from the DL, Jason Castro caught for the first time since Aug. 23. Also, Michael Tonkin returned to the big club, though he did not pitch tonight.
The Twins nearly completed the comeback in the ninth inning. Joe Mauer drew a walk and Jorge Polanco hit a single, putting runners on the corners with one out. Unfortunately, Eddie Rosario (swinging on the first pitch) grounded into a game-ending double play. He hit it hard, but Tampa Bay had him played perfectly.
The Yankees game started in a delay and the Angels had just gotten underway at the conclusion of this game. With a win, the Angels would take possession of the second wild card spot. They are playing Oakland.
Postgame With Molitor
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
Wed: Twins (Aaron Slegers) at Tampa Bay(Blake Snell), 12:10 pm CT
Thu: Twins (Kyle Gibson) at Kansas City (Sam Gaviglio), 7:15 pm CT
Fri: Twins (Ervin Santana) at Kansas City (Ian Kennedy), 7:15 pm CT
Mon: TB 11, MIN 4: Bullpen Lets Game Get Out Of Hand
Sun: KC 5, MIN 4: What Even Is A Swing, Anyway?
Sat: MIN 17, KC 0: What Negative Run Differential?