MIN 10, DET 4: Deja Vu All Over Again
Image courtesy of Kim Klement-USA TODAY SportsSnapshot (chart via Fangraphs)
The Twins jumped out to a 5-0 lead by the top of the fifth inning, making for a pretty low-stress Sunday afternoon for the club. Detroit scored twice in the bottom of the fifth, but the Twins answered with a five-run sixth inning.
The Twins collected 12 hits, two apiece from Brian Dozier, Joe Mauer, Polanco and Kennys Vargas. Eddie Rosario drew two walks. Alan Busenitz pitched a scoreless inning, lowering his ERA to 1.50. Ryan Pressly (0.2 IP) and Taylor Rogers (0.1 IP) combined for a scoreless inning of their own. Michael Tonkin took care of the final two innings and gave up a two-run homer to Ian Kinsler in the ninth.
This was the 82nd victory of the year for Minnesota, giving the Twins a winning record and putting this year's club just a win behind the 2015 team with six games
left to play.
The Twins also now hold a commanding lead in the race for the second Wild Card spot. Clinching early would give the team an opportunity to provide the veterans some much-needed rest before amping up for that play-in game.
AL Wild Card Standings
WC1: Yankees 86-69 (+4.5)
WC2: Twins 82-74
Angels 76-78 (-5.0) *Sunday game in progress when this published.
Rangers 76-79 (-5.5)
Royals 76-79 (-5.5)
Postgame With Molitor
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
Tue: Twins (Bartolo Colon) at Cleveland (Josh Tomlinson), 6:10 pm CT
Wed: Twins (Adalberto Mejia) at Cleveland (Danny Salazar), 6:10 pm CT
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