MIN 10, BAL 1: Twins Pick Up First Sweep of 2018
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Jake Odorizzi: 69 Game Score, 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 5 K, 1 BB, 65.3% strikes
Bullpen: 3.0 IP, 1 ER, 1 K, 0 BB
Lineup: 4-for-8 w/RISP, 4 LOB
WPA of 0.1 or higher: Odorizzi 360, Garver .158
WPA of -0.1 or lower: None
This game was actually scoreless through the first four and a half innings. Mitch Garver hit an epic two-run homer to give the Twins the lead in the bottom of the fifth. The Orioles, on the other hand, only got three runners as far as second base in the six innings Odorizzi pitched. Their only run came in the ninth, once the game was already well in hand.
The Twins really broke through in what was an ugly sixth inning for Baltimore. Here’s how the start of that inning unfolded:
-Brian Dozier double
-Eduardo Escobar two-run home run
-Logan Morrison shift-beating bunt single
-Robbie Grossman single
-Max Kepler single
Then with the bases loaded, Garver hit a ground ball to shortstop. Manny Machado went home, but his throw pulled the catcher off the dish and everybody was safe. Jake Cave followed with an RBI single. The Twins got another run that inning without the ball leaving the infield, as Jorge Polanco hit a ground ball right at first baseman Chris Davis, but he hesitated to throw home and was only able to record the out at first base instead.
Oh, and then Dozier's three-run homer. Bad opponent or not, it’s been great to see the Twins take advantage.
Things don’t get any more difficult for the Twins, as they’ll go from playing the worst team in baseball to the second-worst team in baseball. The Royals are coming into town for a three-game series.
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
AL Central Standings
MIN 39-48 (-9.5)
DET 40-52 (-11)
CHW 30-60 (-20)
KC 25-63 (-24)
Next Three Games
Mon vs. KC, 7:10 pm CT: Jose Berrios vs. Danny Duffey
Tue vs. KC, 7:10 pm CT: Aaron Slegers vs. Jason Hammel
Wed vs. KC, 12:10 pm CT: Lance Lynn vs. TBD
Last Three Games
MIN 5, BAL 4: More Baltimore, Please
MIN 6, BAL 2: Jake Cave Is the Hero We Deserve
MIN 5, BAL 2: Slegers, Cave Lift Twins Out of Slump
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