DET 7, MIN 5: Stewart Bombs Second Audition
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Kohl Stewart: 35 Game Score, 2.2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 K, 4 BB, 47.7% strikes (31 of 65 pitches)
Home Runs: Mauer (5), Austin (11), Sano (11), Garver (7)
Multi-Hit Games: Mauer (3-for-5, 2B, HR), Austin (3-for-4, HR), Sano (2-for-4, HR, BB)
WPA of 0.1 or higher: Mauer .141
WPA of -0.1 or lower: Rosario -.122, Duffey -.177, Forsythe -.203, Stewart -.216
I’d be willing to bet Stewart threw the lowest percentage of strikes any Twins starter has all season. I haven’t kept a running tally or anything, but 47.7 percent is awfully low. Nobody can be effective pitching like that, let alone a guy in his second major league start.
Stewart has now given up six earned runs on eight hits and five walks over the first seven innings of his career. You’d have to imagine another young starter will get an opportunity the next time this rotation spot rolls around.
Duffey was tasked with providing some length out of the bullpen. He only allowed four baserunners in his 2 1/3 innings of work. The problem was one of the hits was a three-run homer. Ouch.
Tough to win a ballgame when you give up six runs in the first five innings.
That three-run shot from Mikie Mahtook was Detroit’s only homer. The Twins hit four homers — one each from Joe Mauer, Tyler Austin, Miguel Sano and Mitch Garver — but only got a grand total of five runs off them.
After Duffey, the Twins’ bullpen was great. Trevor May pitched a perfect inning, Gabriel Moya shut out Detroit in his inning of work, Addison Reed gave up an unearned run in his frame and Oliver Drake pitched a perfect ninth.
Postgame With Molitor
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
Next Three Games
Sun vs. DET, 1:10 pm CT: Jake Odorizzi vs. TBD
Mon vs. CHW, 7:10 pm CT: Jose Berrios vs. Lucas Giolito
Tue vs CHW, 7:10 pm CT: Ervin Santana vs. TBD
Last Three Games
MIN 5, DET 4: Take a Bow, Joe
MIN 15, DET 8: Five Hits for Forsythe in Busy Night on the Bases
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