MIN 6, PIT 4: New-Look Bullpen Boosts Twins Over Buccos
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Jose Berrios: 30 Game Score, 3.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 K, 2 BB, 66.3% strikes (57 of 86 pitches)
Home Runs: Bobby Wilson (2)
Multi-Hit Games: Logan Forsyhte (2-for-3, BB), Bobby Wilson (2-for-3, HR)
WPA of 0.1 or higher: Forsythe .225, Wilson .183, Duffey .170
WPA of -0.1 or lower: Adrianza -.103, Berrios -.288
This was Berrios’ second-shortest outing of the year, but the third time in his last five starts he failed to complete five innings. It took him 86 pitches just to record 11 outs. He gave up seven hits, walked two batters and hit another.
To make matters worse for Berrios, the defense committed two errors behind him. Jorge Polanco skipped a throw that first baseman Ehire Adrianza couldn’t scoop, resulting in a run, and Eddie Rosario, playing right field for the second-straight game, couldn’t cleanly field a single.
Miguel Sano made a pretty nifty play on a foul popup. His momentum carried him into the Pittsburgh dugout, but luckily the Pirates were quick to come to Miguel’s rescue. Oh wait, that’s not how it happened at all …
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The Twins managed to get to Chris Archer, taking a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning, and the new-look Twins bullpen stood strong.
Oliver Drake kept things clean for 1 1/3 innings. He’s now up to 4 1/3 shutout innings since joining the Twins. Gabriel Moya gave up singles to three of the seven batters he faced, but thanks to Tyler Duffey, he also ended the day with 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Since being called back up in late July, Moya has given up three earned runs over 11 2/3 innings (2.31 ERA).
Going back to Duffey, he took over with runners on first and second and one out in the seventh. A huge spot with the Twins clinging to a one-run lead. He got the next two batters to fly out, ending the threat. Since his return, Duffey has now thrown 3-1/3 no-hit innings.
A couple more familiar faces took over from there, as Taylor Rogers handled the eighth before Trevor Hildenberger got the job done in the ninth for his third save. Altogether, the bullpen combined for 5 1/3 innings of shutout ball, giving up five hits and two walks while striking out four batters.
Logan Forsythe was 2-for-3 with a walk and three RBIs. He’s gone 17-for-44 (.386) since joining the Twins. Bobby Wilson had an RBI single in the second inning, then added a solo homer in the seventh. Karma.
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
AL Central Standings
MIN 56-63 (-12)
DET 50-71 (-19)
CHW 44-76 (-24.5)
KC 36-83 (-32)
Next Three Game
Thu vs. DET, 7:10 pm CT: Ervin Santana vs. Francisco Liriano
Fri vs. DET, 7:10 pm CT: Kyle Gibson vs. Matthew Boyd
Sat vs. DET, 6:10 pm CT: Kohl Stewart vs. Artie Lewicki
Last Three Games
MIN 5, PIT 2: Odorizzi, Polanco Spark Comeback
DET 4, MIN 2: Stewart Debuts, Bats Slump in Loss
MIN 4, DET 3: Austin Homers, Hildy Survives Save Chance
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