OAK 3, MIN 2: Willians Astudillo Collects Three More Hits
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De Jong: 42 Game Score, 4.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 63.8% strikes (37 of 58 pitches)
Home Runs: None
Multi-Hit Games: Astudillo (3-for-4, 2B)
WPA of 0.1 or higher: Astudillo .268, Duffey .169,
WPA of -0.1 or lower: Cave -.105, Polanco -.115, Austing -.119, Hildenberger -.362
Chase De Jong pitched well for the Twins, only giving up a two-run homer over his 4 1/3 innings of work. Paul Molitor went to the bullpen to get through the rest of the fifth before turning things over to Zack Littell. Littell retired the first six men he faced in order before giving up a pair of hits to open the eighth.
The Twins played some excellent defense in the infield tonight. They turned a pair of great double plays and Jorge Polanco and Joe Mauer combined for a web gem that helped strand the go-ahead run at third base the eighth inning.
The Twins headed into the bottom of the ninth inning with the game knotted up, thanks in large part to Astudillo’s game-tying RBI single in the seventh inning and the solid work from the bullpen.
Tie game, bottom of the ninth? Oakland had the Twins right where they wanted them.
Polanco failed to cleanly field a ball in the ninth that could have resulted in an out at third base but instead went down as his 13th error of the season. That turned out to be a critical mistake, as the game-winning run came in to score on a two-out wild pitch by Trevor Hildenberger.
This was the 15th walk-off loss for the Twins, tying a franchise record. Things ended very poorly tonight. Polanco's error and Hildenberger's wild pitch both stung, but the bottom line is it's really hard to win if you only score two runs.
De Jong now has a 3.97 ERA in 11 1/3 innings with the Twins and Littell has a 4.38 mark in the 12 1/3 innings he’s pitched since his ugly MLB debut. Andrew Vasquez made his sixth appearance for the Twins, hitting the only batter he faced on the foot. He’s faced just 13 men in those six appearances.
Oliver Drake faced three hitters tonight and struck out two of them while issuing a walk to the other. His ERA is down to 2.60 with the Twins and he has 17 strikeouts in 17 1/3 innings pitched. Tyler Duffey induced a huge double play and Taylor Rogers extended his scoreless appearance streak, retiring the only batter he faced.
Butterflies, rainbows and Willians Astudillo.
Postgame With Molitor
Next Three Games
Sun at OAK, 3:05 pm CT: Kyle Gibson vs. Trevor Cahill
Tue vs. DET, 7:10 pm CT: TBD vs. Spencer Turnbull
Wed vs. DET, 7:10 pm CT: Jake Odorizzi vs. Matthew Boyd
Last Three Games
OAK 7, MIN 6: Khrush Davis Walks Off Twins
MIN 8, DET 2: Gonsalves Stymies Tigers
MIN 5, DET 3: Odorizzi Turns In Another Quality Start
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