MIN 5, DET 4: Late Rosario Homer Lifts Twins to Elusive One-Run Victory
Image courtesy of © Brad Rempel-USA TODAY SportsSnapshot (chart via FanGraphs)
Odorizzi: 53 Game Score, 5.0 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 7 K, 2 BB, 59.6% strikes (59 of 99 pitches)
Home Runs: Kepler (16), Cave (5), Rosario (22)
Multi-Hit Games: Austin (2-for-3)
WPA of 0.1 or higher: Hildenberger .226, Rosario .224, Kepler .120, Austin .100
WPA of -0.1 or lower: None
Here’s Rosario’s rocket ...
… and a fun note from Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com:
I’m sure Super Rosario has some kind of a kryptonite, but it’s starting to seem the best hope opposing pitchers have is that he becomes too aggressive and gets himself out.
Twins starter Jake Odorizzi exited this game with the Twins leading 4-1, but also created a mess. He left the bases loaded with Tigers and no outs in the sixth inning. Matt Magill took over a threw his first seven pitches out of the zone. He walked in a run, another runs scored on a double play and a third run came across on a single.
Odorizzi’s line looks much worse than he actually pitched this afternoon, thanks to Magill allowing all those inherited runners to score. Still, this was the 15th time in 26 starts this season where Odorizzi failed to record an out in the sixth inning.
As it is, Magill will get credit for two scoreless innings of work. Taylor Rogers recorded the first two outs of the eighth inning before giving way to Hildenberger, who recorded the final four outs to earn the victory. Detroit managed to get two runners in scoring position in the ninth, but Hildy struck out Niko Goodrum to end it.
Jake Cave hit one of the most impressive home runs we’ve seen at Target Field all season. His 430-foot blast to dead center field landed in the “Catch” area above the batter’s eye. Max Kepler also homered in todays game.
If it seems like the Twins have been mashing lots of taters lately, well, they have. Here’s an interesting fact from Phil Miller of the Star Tribune:
There was quite a bit of roster news to come out of Target Field the last 24 fours. Ervin Santana was placed back on the DL, Johnny Field was optioned back to Rochester. Alan Busenitz and Robbie Grossman are on their way back up.
Also, Stephen Gonsalves will make his Major League debut tomorrow. Gonsalves won’t be the only significant debut the Twins see this week, as the White Sox are calling up Michael Kopech, ranked the No. 13 prospect in all of baseball by MLB Pipeline, to face the Twins Tuesday. The Twins will need to make a move to add Gonsalves to the active roster. Logan Forsythe cleared waivers and can be traded to any team in baseball ...
UPDATE: Tyler Duffey will be sent back down to Rochester to make room for Gonsalves.
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
AL Central Standings
MIN 59-64 (-12)
DET 51-74 (-21)
CHW 46-77 (-25)
KC 38-86 (-33.5)
Next Three Games
Mon vs. CHW, 7:10 pm CT: Stephen Gonsalves vs. Lucas Giolito
Tue at CHW, 7:10 pm CT: Jose Berrios vs. TBD
Wed at CHW, 1:10 pm CT: Kyle Gibson vs. TBD
Last Three Games
DET 7, MIN 5: Stewart Bombs Second Audition
MIN 5, DET 4: Take a Bow, Joe
MIN 15, DET 8: Five Hits for Forsythe in Busy Night on the Bases
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