MIN 10, KC 6: It’s a Lot Easier to Beat Bad Teams
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Starting Pitcher: Game Score, IP, H, ER, K, BB, % strikes
Home Runs: Rosario (23)
Multi-Hit Games: Adrianza (3-for-4), Polanco (2-for-5), Rosario (2-for-5, HR), Cave (2-for-5, 2B)
WPA of 0.1 or higher: Cave .240, Adrianza .232, Forsythe .192, May .120
WPA of -0.1 or lower: Busenitz -.156, Gonsalves -.272
Considering how many guys there are who have been banged up the past few days, one of the most interesting things to follow right now with the Twins is just who’s in and who’s out of the lineup. Here’s how Paul Molitor filled things out for tonight’s tilt:
Eddie Rosario made his first appearance since Aug. 30 while Miguel Sano (knee) and Tyler Austin (back) remained on the shelf.
With how short Stephen Gonsalves’ outings have been, it’s hard to know if the Twins are trying to use him as a traditional starter or just as an opener. He lasted just 2 1/3 innings tonight, and has failed to complete four frames in three of his four MLB starts.
Gonsalves exited with the Twins trailing 3-2, but Alan Busenitz allowed two inherited runners to score plus one of his own, giving the Royals a six-run inning. Their lead did not last long.
The Twins stormed back to tally four runs of their own in the bottom of the third to tie the game at 6-6. From there, the bullpen was outstanding. Trevor May pitched two scoreless innings while Gabriel Moya, Matt Magill, Taylor Rogers and Trevor Hildenberger each delivered a clean frame as the pen.
The bats had one more big inning in them, as the Twins tallied three more runs in the fifth, then added an insurance run in the eighth.
The lineup combined for 10 runs on 12 hits, just two of which went for extra bases (a Jake Cave double and an Eddie Rosario home run). They added seven walks, three coming from Robbie Grossman, and were an impressive 7-for-14 with runners in scoring position.
Next Three Games
Sat vs. KC, 6:10 pm CT: Jose Berrios vs. Jorge Lopez
Sun vs. KC, 1:10 pm CT: TBD
Mon vs. NYY, 7:10 pm CT: TBD
Last Three Games
HOU 9, MIN 1: The Astros Are Really Good At Baseball
HOU 5, MIN 2: Rough Opener, Strong Stewart Homecoming
HOU 4, MIN 1: Astros Take Advantage of Pivotal Polanco Error
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