TEX 4, MIN 1: Twins Muster Just 3 Hits in Loss
Image courtesy of Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY SportWin Expectancy (via Fangraphs)
Brian Dozier and Max Kepler, the top two batters in tonight’s order, have both really been struggling of late. Dozier was 0 for 4 tonight, and is now 5 for 37 (.135) since the start of that West Coast road trip with 13 strikeouts and no walks. Kepler, 0 for 3 tonight, is now 11 for 66 (.167) since the All-Star break.
It was a weird night for Mejia. He walked the first batter of the game, then gave up back-to-back singles, putting Texas up 1-0 before the Twins even recorded an out. But then just like that, Adalberto struck out the next five batters he faced.
After a 30-pitch first frame, Mejia faced the minimum in both the second and third innings. Things got messy in the fourth, however, as his defense misplayed a couple of balls. After retiring the leadoff man, Mejia gave up a “double” to Mike Napoli that bounced out of a sliding Eddie Rosario’s glove. Baseball Savant had the hit probability on that ball at just three percent.
That proved costly, as Gallo would later hit a two-out three-run homer. Also in the fourth inning, Joe Mauer committed his first error of the season, missing the catch on a foul pop up. I think pretty much all of Twins Territory made this same face on Mauer’s error:
Though no runners scored after the error, Mejia had to throw 40 pitches that inning, which forced him out of the game. Adalberto gave up four runs on seven hits and three walks. His six strikeouts tied a career high.
Dillon Gee made his Twins debut, becoming the 30th different pitcher for the team this season, which sets a franchise record. He pitched three scoreless innings and tallied four strikeouts.
The Twins hits came from Eddie Rosario, Jason Castro and Byron Buxton, who hit an RBI double.
Postgame With Molitor
Overall: 51-55 (.481)
Last 10: 2-8 (.200)
Last 20: 6-14 (.300)
Last 40: 17-23 (.425)
Last 80: 37-43 (.463)
A couple of big stories to follow over these final two months will be who is playing shortstop and how young players like Zack Granite are being used. Things will get even more interesting once rosters expand. With that in mind, these game recaps will also include some info on recent starting lineups. Enjoy.
Here's a look at the starting lineups from the past seven games:
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
Friday: Twins (Bartolo Colon) vs. Texas (Martin Perez), 7:10 pm CT
In four second-half starts, Perez has a 7.03 ERA and 1.52 WHIP. But the southpaw has great numbers against current Twins hitters, holding them to a .189/.267/.208 line over 61 PAs. As a team, the Twins have a .697 OPS vs. LHP. League average is .744.
Colon is coming off his best start as a Twin, having held the A's to three runs over 6.1 IP. Adrian Beltre, who recently recorded his 3,000th hit, has an .844 OPS and six homers off Colon over his career.
Saturday: Twins (Kyle Gibson) vs. Texas (Cole Hamels)
Sunday: Twins (TBD) vs. Texas (Nick Martinez)
Next Series: Twins host the Brewers in a two-game series before heading to Milwaukee for two games.
- Cory Engelhardt likes this