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Game Thread: Twins vs Red Sox, 6/18/19, 7:10 PM

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The Twins have lost back-to-back games!! Oh my gosh, the world must be coming to an end. On a less extreme note, the Twins are still in f...
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Article: Potential Prospect Cost in Twins Trades

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As we move closer to July, we also push towards the looming Major League Baseball trade deadline. With the waiver period being removed in...
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Article: Minnesota Twins 2019 MLB Draft Signing Tracker

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Now that the 2019 MLB Draft is behind us, it is time to sit back and wait for news on when each of the 41 picks will either sign or decid...
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Article: BOS 2, MIN 0: Offense Squanders Berrios’ Gem

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:19 PM
Tonight’s game featured incredible starts by Jose Berrios and Boston’s Rick Procello. The only runs of the game came in the first inning...
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MIN 9, TOR 1: Twins Steamroll Toronto

The bats stayed hot and the pitching continued to dominate as the Minnesota Twins rolled through Trent Thornton, the bullpen, and the Toronto Blue Jays in the series finale. The offense got going and Kyle Gibson was dealing as the Twins picked up the series sweep.
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Box Score
Gibson: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 11 K, 70.5% strikes (62 of 88 pitches)
Home Runs: Polanco (7), Cron (7), Schoop (6), Rosario (13)
Multi-Hit Games: Polanco (5-for-5, 2B, HR), Cron (4-for-5, HR), Kepler (2-for-5, BB), Rosario (2-for-4, HR), Schoop (2-for-5, HR)
WPA of +0.1: Polanco .274, Gibson .131, Cron .117
WPA of -0.1: None
Attached Image: Win58.png
(chart via FanGraphs)

The Twins have now scored in the first inning in three straight games against the Blue Jays to give their starting pitchers an early cushion. They were able to run Thornton out of the game after just two innings when he gave up seven hits and five runs.

After losing a home series to the Blue Jays earlier in the year, the team came together and combined for a totally opposite result.

Offense Runs Away
The bats got going right away in the first and continued into the third as seven different Twins’ batters combined for 11 hits, three home runs, and seven runs. Jorge Polanco and C.J. Cron led with three hits each in the first three innings including two of the Twins first three home runs.

Polanco has been the most consistent hitter for the Twins this season, and was able to add to his success tonight. He finished with five hits, which is the second time in his career doing this, and got his average up to .344. Polanco exited the game, a triple short of a cycle, after his fifth hit of the game when Ehire Adrianza pinch ran for him.

Cron was also able to have a night at the plate with a four-hit performance of his own, which was the sixth time of his career, to hopefully get him out of his hitting slump. Eddie Rosario was able to extend his American League lead in home runs with a two-run, sixth inning smack.

The Twins continued their impressively powerful season as they combined for 18 hits and four home runs tonight. They now have 64 home runs this season, which is the number they were at on June 7th of last season.

Pitching Dominates
Twins starting pitchers have been very hot of late, and that didn’t stop this series. Kyle Gibson got the start in tonight’s game and was feeling it. Through the first four innings, he had eight strikeouts and had thrown a first pitch strike to 11 out of his first 12 batters. By the fifth inning, Gibson had already tied his career high in strikeouts with 10.

Gibson was able to set a new record for himself, which wasn’t a surprise with how he was pitching tonight. He picked up his career high in strikeouts with 11, thanks to nine whiffs on his changeup and slider, as well as his third win of the season to improve to 3-1 with a 4.19 ERA.

Gibson showed a bit of his former self from the second half of last season tonight, and what Twins fans were looking for. Obviously asking this from Gibson every night is a little out of the question, but it is what is needed if the Twins want to make a deep run in the playoffs. They already have a solid top three pitchers in Berrios, Perez, and Odorizzi, but adding Gibson to this list will help separate the Twins from first and second round exit teams.

The bullpen came in after the sixth, with a huge cushion, to complete the series sweep and win 9-1. Ryne Harper made easy work in the seventh, Mike Morin came in for the eighth and Blake Parker was given the ninth. Here's the bullpen's combined line: 3 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 0 R, and 3 Ks.

The Twins picked up an easy sweep against the Blue Jays to extend their record to 23-12 as well as getting back into the top spot in the MLB standings. They finally go back to division play when they face the Detroit Tigers starting on Friday, after an offday on Thursday.

Postgame With Baldelli

Bullpen Usage
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
Attached Image: Bullpen58.png
Next Three Games
Thu OFF
Fri vs. DET, 7:10 pm CT (Odorizzi-Ross)
Sat vs. DET, 1:10 pm CT (TBD)
Sat vs. DET, 7:10 pm CT (TBD-Turnbull)

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MIN 3, TOR 0: Berrios Hurls Gem, Twins Get Second Straight Shutout

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Ain't that a shame.


I believe that was Fats Domino, not Cheap Trick.
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Meeting rooms during staff meetings work just fine for me.

Wait, those are meetings and not nap time? 

 

Wow, did I have that one wrong.


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