LAA 2, MIN 1: Ohtani Excellent as Angels Walk Off Twins
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Romero passed another test Sunday, facing a veteran lineup in front of 38,000 fans on the road. He finally gave up a run, but he also struck out six batters over five innings. Romero wasn’t as sharp as we’d seen him previously, but to his credit he never unraveled.
Romero would have managed to get through five scoreless innings if the Twins would have been able to turn a double play. Instead, Justin Upton beat out the throw by a half step, allowing the run to come in from third. Romero gave up four hits and walked three batters.
The Twins tied it up in the seventh as Logan Morrison drew a walk, then advanced to third on a Robbie Grossman single. It appeared the Twins benefited from a missed call when a foul tip was called on what would have been strike three on Robbie. Joe Mauer came off the bench to deliver an RBI single.
It looked like the Twins would go ahead in the top of the ninth, but the Angels made an excellent play to nab Ehire Adrianza at the plate. Adrianza was running from first on the pitch that Grossman drove into the outfield. Mike Trout fielded the ball and relayed it in to Ian Kinsler, who threw a one-hopper on the money to keep the game tied.
Zach Duke hit the first batter he faced on a 0-2 count. The Angels bunted the runner over. Zack Cozart hit a ball into the outfield and it was looking like the Twins were also going to have the opportunity to make a game-saving throw, but instead of two perfect throws, Eddie Rosario failed to transfer the ball from his glove into his hand.
Ohtani was phenomenal. Over 6 1/3 innings, he gave up just three hits (two to Logan Morrison), struck out 11 batters and walked two. He topped out at 99.4 mph, but his slider, splitter and curveball were all formidable as well. The slowest curve he threw was 74.6 mph. I have no idea how any batter can realistically be prepared to handle all of his offerings.
Taylor Rogers pitched a scoreless sixth, but ran into trouble in the seventh. Ryan Pressly entered the game with no outs and runners on first and second base. He struck out Trout and induced a double play ball to wiggle out of trouble.
Reed pitched a scoreless eighth before the Angels got to Duke in the ninth.
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
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