MIN 5, PIT 2: Odorizzi, Polanco Spark Comeback
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Jake Odorizzi: 65 Game Score, 5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 9 K, 2 BB, 65.7% strikes
Home Runs: Miguel Sano (9)
Multi-Hit Games: Joe Mauer (2-for-3, BB), Jorge Polanco (2-for-4, 2B), Max Kepler (2-for-4)
WPA of 0.1 or higher: Duffey .170, Polanco .100
WPA of -0.1 or lower: Forsythe -.109
Outside of that rocky second inning, Odorizzi was outstanding. He held Pittsburgh to two runs on four hits and two walks over 5 2/3 innings while striking out nine. He ran into some trouble in the sixth and was lifted after giving up back-to-back singles.
It was a big spot in the game, as the Twins were clinging to a 3-2 lead, and Paul Molitor turned to Tyler Duffey. He got Francisco Cervelli swinging to end the threat. Duffey stayed in and delivered a 1-2-3 seventh inning as well.
The Twins’ big three-run fourth inning was kicked off by a Joe Mauer single, followed by an Eddie Rosario double then a two-run single from Jorge Polanco. He scored on a Mex Kepler single later in the inning. The Twins got a pair of insurance runs in the eighth thanks to a Miguel Sano home run that plated Polanco.
Trevor Hildenberger earned his second save of the season.
Postgame With Molitor
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
AL Central Standings
MIN 55-63 (-12.5)
DET 50-70 (-18.5)
CHW 43-76 (-25)
KC 36-82 (-31.5)
Next Three Game
Wed vs. PIT, 12:10 pm CT: Jose Berrios vs. Chris Archer
Thu vs. DET, 7:10 pm CT: TBD vs. Francisco Liriano
Fri vs. DET, 7:10 pm CT: TBD vs. Matthew Boyd
Last Three Games
DET 4, MIN 2: Stewart Debuts, Bats Slump in Loss
MIN 4, DET 3: Austin Homers, Hildy Survives Save Chance
DET 5, MIN 3: Is There Anything Left?