SEA 3, MIN 1: Worst Birthday Ever
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Current record: 21-27
Jose Berrios: 62 Game Score, 7.1 IP, 2 ER, 8 K, 1 BB, 67.9% strikes
Bullpen: 0.2 IP, 1 ER, 1 K, 0 BB
Lineup: 0-for-6 w/RISP, 2 LOB
Top three per WPA: Berrios .306, Pressly .056, Rosario .055,
Berrios has now gone at least seven innings and given up two runs or fewer in three-straight starts. He leaned heavily on his curveball, going to it on 32 of his 106 pitches on the afternoon. He got 11 of his 17 swinging strikes on the curve and the M’s only put that pitch in play four times.
The Twins got out to an early lead when Eddie Rosario scored all the way from first on an Eduardo Escobar double in the second inning. Rosie made a great read off the bat and made an outstanding slide to avoid the tag at the plate.
Berrios gave up a solo homer to Kyle Seager in the fourth inning to tie it up. He opened the eighth by giving up a single and then a walk, with a caught stealing in between.
Ryan Pressly came in and struck out Nelson Cruz for the second out. Zach Duke came in to face Seager, a lefty, but gave up a hit. Addison Reed entered with two outs and runners on first and second. He gave up a two-run double to the first batter he faced.
Mike Leake, who entered the day with a 5.46 ERA, held the Twins to four hits over eight innings. He only needed 86 pitches to get that far. Alex Colome handled the ninth for his first save with Seattle.
Rosario got two of the Twins’ four hits on the day. Miguel Sano was 1-for-4 with a double. The Twins were putting the ball in play all game, they only struck out twice, but there just weren’t many hard-hit balls.
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
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