MIN 3, NYY 1: Odorizzi Carries No-No Into 8th Inning
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Odorizzi: 78 Game Score, 7.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 57.5% strikes (69 of 120 pitches)
Home Runs: None
Multi-Hit Games: Mauer (2-for-4), Kepler (2-for-3, 2B)
WPA of 0.1 or higher: Odorizzi .377, Adrianza .151, Hildenberger .126
WPA of -0.1 or lower: Polanco -.163
This was the first time all season Odorizzi recorded an out in the eighth inning, and he set a new season high for pitches in a start with 120. The only real big difference for him tonight was he threw his four-seam fastball a bit less often than usual. He typically deploys that pitch 54.6 percent of the time, but per Baseball Savant only went to it 51 times (42.5 percent).
As is typically the case in any no-hit bid, there were some great defensive plays, including one from Odorizzi himself. Logan Forsythe and Robbie Grossman also made web gems while the no-no was intact and Max Kepler made an outstanding catch in the ninth.
Luis Severino was looking really good himself tonight, holding the Twins to one hit through the first five innings, but the Twins finally broke through in the sixth inning. Max Kepler hit a one-out single and came around to score on an Ehire Adrianza double.
The Twins added two runs off David Robertson in the seventh thanks to a hustle double from Jake Cave, a seeing-eye RBI single from Willians Astudillo and an RBI double from Max Kepler. La Tortuga hauling Astudillo scoring all the way from first made for one of the most fun moments of the entire season.
Once Odorizzi was out, Taylor Rogers came in and struck out Gleyber Torres, then Trevor Hildenberger got Andrew McCutchen swinging to end the eighth. Hildy stayed in for the ninth and earned his sixth save.
In the second inning, Mitch Garver took a hard foul ball off the mask and appeared to be dazed by the blow. He was checked on by the medical staff and stayed in to finish that inning, but was replaced in the third by Astudillo.
Postgame With Odorizzi
Next Three Games
Thu at KC, 7:15 pm CT: Stephen Gonsalves vs. Heath Fillmyer
Fri at KC, 7:15 pm CT: Jose Berrios vs. Jorge Lopez
Sat at KC, 6:15 pm CT: Chase De Jong vs. Ian Kennedy
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MIN 10, NYY 5: Joe Mauer Grand Slam Highlights Big Night for Bats
NYY 7, MIN 2: It Was Close, Until It Wasn’t
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