MIN 4, DET 2: It’s All Coming Up Rosie
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This one was tied at 2-2 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning and at that point Eddie Rosario basically decided the Twins were going to win this ballgame. After Eduardo Escobar drew a one-out walk, Rosie hit a pitch that was about eyeball high for a double. The Tigers intentionally walked the next batter to load the bases and then unintentionally walked Logan Morrison on four pitches to give the Twins the lead.
But Rosario was far from done.
Robbie Grossman sent a fly ball to shallow center field and Eddie initially looked like he was simply bluffing a tag up to home, as you often see. Nope. After a few of those bluff steps, Rosario realized the defender hesitated, so he broke for home. The urgent throw sailed way over the catchers head.
That gave Fernando Rodney a nice insurance run, which wouldn’t be needed … because Eddie Rosario.
Rodney retired the first two batters he faced, then old friend John Hicks sent a rocket out to left field. Rosie caught the line drive and crashed into the wall simultaneously to secure the final out of the game. A fitting and spectacular finish.
Things got off to a poor start for the Twins. Berrios gave up a homer to the second batter he faced. The Tigers scratched across another run in the third to go up 2-0.
In the bottom of the fifth, Max Kepler destroyed a pitch from lefty Blaine Hardy for a two-run double. It was apparent Kepler thought that ball was gone, and I guess to be fair in most parks it would have been.
Could Kepler have made it to third if he had been hustling out of the box? Maybe, maybe not, but it wasn’t the only time Twins fans were left wondering “what if?” in concern to Max’s base running that inning.
The very next batter sent a single out to left field, Kepler stutter-stepped around third base on his way home, but it initially appeared that he scored on the play. Detroit challenged the call … and it still appeared Kepler was more than likely safe on the play, but the thing that cost him was he lifted his lead foot. Max must really like that pair of cleats, I guess.
The call was overturned and the inning ended with the game remaining tied at 2-2. Thank goodness that didn't matter.
Berrios gave up three hits and two walks while striking out nine batters in his eight innings of work.
Postgame With Rosario
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
Next Three Games
Tue vs. DET, 7:10 pm CT
Wed vs. DET, 12:10 pm CT
Fri at SEA, 9:10 pm CT
Last Three Games
MIN 3, MIL 1: Odorizzi Ks 10, LoMo Delivers Go-Ahead Hit
MIL 5, MIN 4: Jake Cave Homers in MLB Debut
MIL 8, MIN 3: Gibson Falters, Mauer Exits Due to Neck Injury
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