CHC 11, MIN 10: Epic Comeback Falls Short
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Lance Lynn: 8 Game Score, 1.2 IP, 7 ER, 1 K, 3 BB, 53.2% strikes
Bullpen: 6.1IP, 4 ER, 6 K, 3 BB
Lineup: 5-for-13 w/RISP, 11 LOB
Top three per WPA: Garver .100, Cave .090, Dozier .080
The Twins got the scoring started in the top of the second inning, as Jake Cave hit a monster blast to center field for a 1-0 lead:
Cave would finish the game 3-for5 with two RBI, adding an RBI double and a single later in the game.
In the bottom of the second however, Lance Lynn was chased after giving up two more walks, five hits, and six runs. The biggest of those hits was a three-run home run to opposing starter Jon Lester:
An inherited runner would be added on to Lynn’s line in the eight-run inning, and his 1 2/3 innings pitched was the first time he hadn’t gone at least five innings in his last eight turns.
With the scoreboard reading 9-1 after four frames, the Twins did not go away. Mitch Garver added an RBI single to Cave’s RBI double in the fifth. Brian Dozier clubbed his twelfth home run of the season in the top of sixth, a two-run shot to make it 10-5.
It still wasn’t looking good with two outs in the top of the eighth inning and the score 11-5, but that’s when things got weird in a good way. Eduardo Escobar hit his major league leading 34th double, Dozier drew a walk, and Logan Morrison drove in one to cut the lead to five. Astudillo then drove in two more with a triple, and Mitch Garver made it 11-10 with his third home run on the season before the Cubs summoned closer Brandon Morrow to escape the two-out rally:
Minnesota got Eddie Rosario into scoring position in the ninth but were unable to bring him in and left Chicago being swept by the Cubs, who outscored them 35-25 in the series. The game marked the first time since 1930 the Cubs have scored ten or more runs in four consecutive games.
Postgame With Molitor
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
AL Central Standings
MIN 35-45 (-8.5)
DET 37-48 (-9)
CWS 28-54 (-16.5)
KC 25-57 (-19.5)
Next Three Games
Mon @ MIL, 7:10PM CST – RHP Kyle Gibson (2-6, 3.48 ERA)
Tue @ MIL, 3:10PM CST – RHP Jake Odorizzi (3-5, 4.62 ERA)
Wed @ MIL, 3:10PM CST – RHP Jose Berrios (8-6, 3.52 ERA)
Last Three Games
CHC 14, MIN 9: It’s Not the Heat, It’s … Actually, It Is the Heat This Time
CHC 10, MIN 6: Hey, Remember Joe Mauer?
MIN 2, CWS 1: Walking Away With a Win
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