TOR 7, MIN 4: Rosario Homers Twice as Twins Drop Game, Series
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Pineda: 3.2 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 64.0% strikes (48 of 75 pitches)
Home Runs: Rosario 2 (6)
Multi-Hit Games: Rosario (2-for-4, 2 HR), Astudillo (2-for-4), Schoop (2-for-4)
WPA of +0.1: Rosario .105, Harper .100
WPA of -0.1: Kepler -.144, Pineda -.472
(chart via FanGraphs)
The Twins did not pitch well in this series, but another reason why they dropped three out of four games to Toronto is they didn’t do an especially great job at scoring runs either. A grand total of 16 runs were scored by Minnesota, no more than five in any game.
Not that you ever expect to win on a day your staff surrenders seven runs.
While Pineda had an awful day, the much beleaguered Twins bullpen actually held things together despite the shorts start. Ryne Harper held the Blue Jays to one hit over 3 1/3 innings, Tyler Duffey gave up a solo home run but also had two more strikeouts and Trevor May pitched a perfect inning.
Rosario was the big star at the plate, though it was too bad both his homers were of the solo variety. The three batters in front of him in the lineup combined to go 0-for-12, though Max Kepler and Jorge Polanco each drew a walk.
Willians Astudillo and Jonathan Schoop, a couple of guys who had been ice cold heading into today, each recorded a pair of hits. Byron Buxton hit his eighth double, had an RBI ground out and stole his fourth base of the season.
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
Fri at BAL, 6:05 pm CT (Berrios-Cobb)
Sat at BAL, 6:05 pm CT (Perez-TBD)
Sun at BAL, 12:05 pm CT (Gibson-TBD)
MIN 4, TOR 1: Pitching Staff Redemption Night
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