MIN 4, CHW 0: Mauer Reaches 2,000 Hits, Leads Twins to Victory
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Of course, in order to get to 2,000 Mauer had to get 1,999. He delivered an RBI single in the third inning and also walked in the first.
Mauer has been one of the best hitters in baseball so far in this young season. He closed the night with a .412 batting average and 1.074 OPS.
Berrios was incredible. He tied a career high with 11 strikeouts and did not walk a batter over seven shutout innings. Of his 99 pitches, 73 were for strikes. On the season, Jose has 24 strikeouts, one walk and an ERA of 2.18. Wow.
He’s on quite a roll heading into the Puerto Rico series.
According to Baseball Savant, Berrios racked up 17 swinging strikes tonight, 11 of them on the 37 curveballs he threw. That pitch is developing into one of the more formidable offerings in baseball.
Brian Dozier had an RBI double and scored twice. He has a hit in every game so far this season. Miguel Sano and Eddie Rosario also doubled. Byron Buxton stole a pair of bases, giving him four on the year already. He didn't swipe his fourth base until May 18 last season.
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
Next Three Games
Fri vs. CHW 7:10 pm CT
Sat vs. CHW 1:10 pm CT
Sun vs. CHW 1:10 pm CT
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