CLE 5, MIN 3: Odorizzi Fades, Busenitz Blows It
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Odorizzi: 55 Game Score, 5.1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 4 K, 3 BB, 56.4% strikes (53 of 94 pitches)
Home Runs: Adrianza (6), Sano (13)
Multi-Hit Games: None
WPA of 0.1 or higher: Adrianza .218, Odorizzi .103
WPA of -0.1 or lower: Kepler -.116, Busenitz -.416
Odorizzi’s third time through the order issues are well documented. He got off to a great start the third time through, striking out Francisco Lindor to end the fifth. He also got Michael Brantley to pop out to open the sixth.
Then came the consecutive four-pitch walks and the hook, but Odorizzi still exited this game with the Twins up 2-1.
Busenitz came in and gave up a game-tying single to Yonder Alonso and then a three-day homer to Jason Kipnis.
All the Twins’ runs came via the longball, as Ehire Adrianza hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning and Miguel Sano hit a solo shot in the ninth.
Jorge Polanco's sat for the third straight game and Eddie Rosario left this one in the sixth inning due to a leg injury.
This game was broadcast on Facebook, and their booth crew, including Glen Perkins, asked Paul Molitor during an in-game interview about future roster plans. He said a decision on Byron Buxton would be coming sometime in the next 24 hours and some of the specific names he mentioned among September callups were Tyler Duffey, John Curtiss and Zack Littell.
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
Next Three Games
Fri at TEX, 7:05 pm CT: Stephen Gonsalves vs. Drew Hutchison
Sat at TEX, 7:05 pm CT: Jose Berrios vs. Yovani Gallardo
Sun at TEX, 2:05 pm CT: TBD
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