MIN 10, NYY 5: Joe Mauer Grand Slam Highlights Big Night for Bats
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Let’s just get right to the granny, shall we?
Stuff like this is exactly why we keep paying attention. For all we know, this could very well be Joe’s last season. I’d bet on him being a part of the 2019 Twins, but until we have a definitive answer on his future I’m going to make sure to soak it all up, just in case.
Mauer’s grand slam, the fifth of his career, put the Twins up 10-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning. The only problem was there was so much game left to be played.
The Yankees fired right back in the top of the sixth inning with a grand slam of their own coming off the bat of Didi Gregorius. Thankfully, that was all the more offense New York would deliver.
The Twins used an opener tonight, going with Tyler Duffey to start, then going to Kohl Stewart as the primary pitcher. Here’s how things worked themselves out:
Tyler Duffey: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (29 pitches)
Kohl Stewart: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 0 K (63 pitches)
Trevor May: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K (11 pitches)
Taylor Rogers: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K (20 pitches)
Trevor Hildenberger: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K (9 pitches)
Stewart just could not find the zone, throwing just 46 percent of his pitches for strikes. That’s the last thing you want to see when your team builds a 10-1 lead. Stewart loaded the bases with one out in the sixth inning, then was lifted for May, who gave up the grand slam.
Forget the opener, at this point the pitching gimmick I’m most interested in seeing in 2019 is Taylor Rogers pitching a borderline irresponsible number of innings. We’re talking Mike Marshall levels. He’d probably break down before too long under those circumstances, but Rogers has been so incredible of late. He now has 21 straight scoreless appearances.
Hildy has also got things back on track of late. He went through a stretch last month in which he gave up multiple runs in four straight appearances. Since then, Hildenberger has only surrendered one earned run on three hits over 10 ⅓ innings.
Mauer, Jorge Polanco, Robbie Grossman and Max Kepler all reached base three times. Jake Cave had two hits and stole a base.
Postgame With Mauer
Next Three Games
Wed vs. NYY, 7:10 pm CT: Jake Odorizzi vs. Luis Severino
Thu at KC, 7:15 pm CT: TBD
Fri at KC, 7:15 pm CT: TBD
Last Three Games
NYY 7, MIN 2: It Was Close, Until It Wasn’t
MIN 3, KC 1: Walk-Off Willians
KC 4, MIN 1: Good, Great, GRAND, WONDERFUL!
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