Super Rosario Stars as Twins Sweep Doubleheader
Image courtesy of © Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY SportsGame 1: Box Score
Berrios: 6.0 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 60.6% strikes (63 of 104 pitches)
Home Runs: Rosario 2 (8), Astudillo (2)
Multi-Hit Games: Rosario (3-for-5, 2B, 2 HR), Astudillo (2-for-4, HR)
WPA of +0.1: Rosario .244, Rogers .207, Castro .165, Buxton .107
WPA of -0.1: Berrios -.100,Gonzalez -.110, Polanco -.150
(chart via FanGraphs)
Jose Berrios had his worst start of the season, giving up four runs on eight hits, three of which were home runs. Rosario picked him up by slugging a pair of homers himself and taking away another on a great catch in left field.
That gives Rosie back-to-back multi-homer games. He was not done.
Taylor Rogers had a rare shaky inning, giving up a run on three hits in the eighth. Still, Rocco Baldelli rolled with Rogers again in the ninth. Rogers rewarded his manager for showing faith in him by striking out the side in order to secure the one-run victory. He struck out five of the nine batters he faced.
If this wasn’t a doubleheader, I’d be willing to bet Baldelli would have went with someone else in the ninth, but it made sense to let Rogers go and protect another pitcher for the evening game in this case. But maybe this is actually something that can work on a regular basis.
Would you rather have Rogers pitch shorter bursts and be available to appear in more games? Or would you rather him cover multiple innings but be limited to fewer games? I’m not sure what the right answer is, but sometimes I feel like it’s pretty unrealistic to expect three or sometimes four of your relief pitchers to all have it in one night.
Sometimes it’s not worth it to plan ahead for the next game, because you never know when ...
Game 2: Box Score
Perez: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 69.8% strikes (67 of 96 pitches)
Home Runs: Cruz 2 (3), Schoop 2 (4), Garver 2 (5), Rosario (9), Cron (1)
WPA of +0.1: Cruz .193
WPA of -0.1: None
(chart via FanGraphs)
… your lineup is going to do something bananas like score 16 runs. The Twins hit eight home runs in this one, two each from Nelson Cruz, Jonathan Schoop and Mitch Garver. C.J. Cron also homered, and you know Eddie wasn’t gonna let everyone else have all the fun.
Rosario homered again in the night game, giving him nine on the season. The earliest Rosie had ever reached that mark previously was May 11.
I didn’t list out the multi-hit games above because it was nearly the entire lineup. What a show. Cruz, Garver and Schoop also doubled. Garver, tonight’s leadoff man, had a team-high five RBIs while Schoop drove in four. Byron Buxton added a pair of doubles of his own, giving him 11 on the season already.
All this damage without Jorge Polanco and Max Kepler in the lineup. It was the kind of game we were all dreaming of these bats putting together coming into the season.
The Twins put up 10 runs in the first three innings, meaning the main thing they really needed out of starter Martin Perez was innings. He did a good job of throwing strikes, and managed to log six innings, giving up just one walk. He was charged four runs on six hits, two of which were home runs.
Fernando Romero, the 26th man for this doubleheader, made his 2019 Twins debut. It didn’t go so great. He gave up three runs over two innings. He didn’t record a strikeout, and only got one swinging strike among his 24 pitches.
On a brighter side, Tyler Duffey pitched a scoreless inning in the ninth. These two victories put the Twins up to 11-7 on the season.
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
Next Three Games
Sun at BAL, 12:05 pm CT (Gibson-Bundy)
Mon at HOU, 7:10 pm CT (Odorizzi-Peacock)
Tue at HOU, 7:10 pm CT (Pineda-Miley)
TOR 7, MIN 4: Rosario Homers Twice as Twins Drop Game, Series
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