MIN 5, DET 4: Take a Bow, Joe
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Kyle Gibson: 56 Game Score, 7.0 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 5 K, 3 BB, 65.7% strikes (67 of 102 pitches)
Home Runs: Rosario (21), Austin (10), Mauer (4)
Multi-Hit Games: Austin (2-for-4, HR)
WPA of 0.1 or higher: Mauer .418, Austin .170, Rogers .146
WPA of -0.1 or lower: None
No use in wasting time …
That was savage. Joe worked a 2-0 count, was the victim of a terrible called strike on the third pitch, took another ball to go up 3-1 before another questionable strike call loaded up the count. Louis Coleman would have been wise to throw another pitch outside of the zone, instead he gave Mauer something to hit and he did not miss. Here’s a look at that plate appearance via Baseball Savant:
This dramatic homer created a special moment at Target Field, as the Twins Territory faithful gave Mauer a curtain call. Will he be back next year? Even Joe himself isn’t thinking that far ahead. For all we know, this is going to be it. Soak it up while you still can.
The Twins really flexed their muscles tonight, as all five of their runs came via the long ball. Eddie Rosario got the Twins on the board with a solo shot in the sixth before Tyler Austin hit an epic solo homer of his own in the seventh. Austin also broke up Matthew Boyd’s no-hit bid with a single in the fifth inning.
Kyle Gibson induced four ground ball double plays in the first five innings of this game and ended up holding the Tigers to three runs over seven innings. Gabriel Moya pitched a perfect eighth before Matt Magill came in for his first save chance.
Are we sure Fernando Rodney’s nickname was fair? I mean every save opportunity is an experience, isn’t it?
Anyway, Magill gave up a leadoff double to Victor Martinez, retired the next two batters but then gave up an RBI single. Magill walked the next batter to end a 13-pitch battle. That was enough to knock out Magill.
Taylor Rogers entered with runners on first and second, two outs and the Twins clinging to a two-run lead. He induced a grounder to Miguel Sano that gave the Twins the victory and Rogers his first save in the 181st game of his career.
Postgame With Mauer
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
AL Central Standings
MIN 58-63 (-12)
DET 50-73 (-21)
CHW 44-76 (-25.5)
KC 37-84 (-33)
Next Three Games
Sat vs. DET, 6:10 pm CT: Kohl Stewart vs. Ryan Carpenter
Sun vs. DET, 1:10 pm CT: Jake Odorizzi vs. Blaine Hardy
Mon vs. CHW, 7:10 pm CT: TBD
Last Three Games
MIN 15, DET 8: Five Hits for Forsythe in Busy Night on the Bases
MIN 6, PIT 4: New-Look Bullpen Boosts Twins Over Buccos
MIN 5, PIT 2: Odorizzi, Polanco Spark Comeback
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