MIN 4, BOS 1: For Grossman and Kepler, The Price Was Right
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Lance Lynn: 53 Game Score, 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 K, 5 BB, 51.5% strikes
Bullpen: 4.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 3 K, 0 BB
Lineup: 1-for-6 w/RISP, 5 LOB
Top three per WPA: Lynn .186, Kepler .167, Hildenberger .080
Joe Mauer got the night off against a tough lefty in David Price, but Robbie Grossman stepped in nicely for him in the leadoff spot, belting a home run to get the Twins on the board after their first batter of the game. It was just Grossman’s third home run of the season and his first as a right-handed hitter.
The Twins base running woes continued tonight as Eddie Rosario was picked off first base with one out in the first. In case you were wondering, here is a little update on how many times the Twins have made outs on the bases this year.
After giving up a run in the second, the Twins regained the lead in the fourth when Max Kepler blasted a two-out, two-run home run of David Price. This continued Kepler’s improvement against left-handed pitchers this year as Kepler has now doubled his total of extra-base hits against them from a season ago, going from 6 to 12.
Kepler then backed that up with a tremendous diving catch, on a fly ball with a 4 percent catch probability, to rob J.D. Martinez of a hit in the eighth inning. The catch was originally ruled a hit but was quickly overturned after going to instant replay.
The Twins picked up an insurance run in the eighth when Brian Dozier lined a double off the left-field wall and Eddie Rosario scored from first with some excellent base running. Dozier finished the night going 2-for-4 with two doubles.
Lance Lynn was the definition of effectively wild in his start tonight. Lynn needed to work around five more walks but wound up surrendering just one unearned run over five innings. In each of the five innings the Red Sox had a runner in scoring position, but in each instance, they failed to get a hit once someone got there.
The only reason the Red Sox ended up scoring against Lynn was because of a botched exchange between Logan Morrison and Lynn after Morrison made a great diving play to nearly get the Twins out of the inning.
While Lynn may have had to work to keep the Red Sox off the board, that wasn’t the same story for the Twins bullpen which allowed just one base runner over four innings of work.
Taylor Rogers had perhaps his best outing of the season in the sixth, then Addison Reed came in for the seventh and had a get-back-on-track inning. Then it was more of the same from Trevor Hildenberger and Fernando Rodney who each worked a 1-2-3 inning in the eighth and ninth respectively.
Postgame with Paul Molitor
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
AL Central Standings
DET 36-39 (5 GB)
MIN 33-37 (5.5 GB)
CHW 24-49 (15 GB)
KC 22-52 (18.5 GB)
Next Three Games
Thu at BOS, 12:10 pm CT – Rick Porcello vs. Kyle Gibson
Fri vs. TEX, 7:10 pm CT – Mike Minor vs. Fernando Romero
Sat vs. TEX, 1:10 pm CT – Yovani Gallardo vs. Jake Odorizzi
Last Three Games
MIN 6, BOS 2: Bats Get to Boston Bullpen
CLE 4, MIN 1: Lots of Traffic, Just One Run
MIN 9, CLE 3: That’s Our Eddie
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