MIN 5, DET 3: Odorizzi Turns In Another Quality Start
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Odorizzi: 68 Game Score, 6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 66.7% strikes (56 of 84 pitches
Home Runs: Gimenez (2)
Multi-Hit Games: Mauer (2-for-5), Polanco (2-for-4, 2B, BB), Austin (2-for-4, 2B), Gimenez (2-for-4, HR)
WPA of 0.1 or higher: Odorizzi .240, Magill .151
WPA of -0.1 or lower: Sano -.118
Odorizzi was aggressive tonight, needing just 84 pitches to go 6 1/3 innings. He only walked one batter and struck out six. It’s nice to see him finishing strong.
Matt Magill took over for Odorizzi with one out and a runner on third in the seventh. He struck out the next two batters, getting swinging strikes on six of the nine pitches he threw that inning. He followed that up with a 1-2-3 eighth inning.
Tyler Austin was back in the lineup after taking a game off to give his back a break after he tumbled over a railing in Kansas City. His presence was much appreciated, as Austin had an RBI single and a two-run double.
Miguel Sano also returned to the lineup, playing for the first time since injuring himself on a slide Sept. 4. During the telecast, Dick Bremer noted that Sano hadn’t attempted a slide since the injury.
You’d think it’d be a good idea to have the guy take some practice slides to make sure everything feels OK before throwing him into a game. Nick wrote a piece last night that touched on some of the questionable choices made by the Twins in concern to how they’ve handled injuries. Add this one to the list.
Anyway, Sano looked terrible at the plate, striking out in all four of his at-bats.
Trevor Hildenberger gave up a run on two hits in the ninth. He’s having a tough go of things of late, giving up seven earned runs in his last 2 1/3 innings.
Postgame With Gimenez
Next Three Games
Wed at DET, 12:10 pm CT: TBD vs. Spencer Turnbull
Fri at OAK, 9:05 pm CT: TBD
Sat at OAK, 8:05 pm CT: TBD
Last Three Games
MIN 6, DET 1: Stewart Impresses, Rosario Exits Due to Injury
MIN 9, KC 6: Twins Swat Four Homers, Avoid Sweep
KC 10, MIN 3: It’s a Hard Road
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