MIN 6, CHW 4: Polanco Does it All
Image courtesy of Brad Rempel-USA TODAY SportsSnapshot (chart via Fangraphs)
What a terror Jorge has been against Chicago. Seven of Polanco’s nine home runs this season have come against the White Sox. He made another special memory against them tonight, as it was the first multi-homer game of Polanco’s career -- hitting one from each side.
Every hitter in the lineup reached base safely at least once for the Twins. Ervin Santana put together a quality start, limiting the White Sox to three runs over 6.2 innings. He hasn’t given up four or more runs in seven-straight starts.
Trevor Hildenberger was the first man out of the bullpen, which was a bit surprising considering the fact that Hildy had pitched in five of the team’s last six games. And since his debut on June 23, only 15 relievers have logged more innings than Hildenberger’s 28.1 heading into tonight. He allowed a runner he inherited from Ervin to score, but ended up recording four outs, all on strikeouts.
Matt Belisle gave up a run in the ninth, but secured his fifth save of the season. That matches his career total entering this year.
The Twins still trail Cleveland by 6.5 games in the division. At the conclusion of their game, the Twins were just 2.5 games back of the Yankees for the top Wild Card spot and 1.5 games up on both Baltimore and the Angels, though Anaheim’s game was in progress.
Postgame With Polanco
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
Wed: Twins (Jose Berrios) vs. White Sox (Derek Holland), 7:10 pm CT
Thu: Twins (Bartolo Colon) vs. White Sox (Miguel Gonzalez), 12:10 pm CT
Fri: Twins (TBD) vs. Royals (TBD), 7:10 pm CT
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