TB 14, MIN 3: Well … That Just Happened
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Perez: 2.2 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 63.5% strikes (40 of 63 pitches)
Home Runs: No Bomba
Multi-Hit Games: Adrianza (2 for 3); Castro (2 for 3)
WPA of +0.1: None
WPA of -0.1: Perez -.307
(Chart via FanGraphs)
After a couple of quick innings from both Charlie Morton and Martin Perez, we looked like we were locked in for the pitchers dual that we were expecting going into the night. That came to a screeching halt in the bottom of the third when Perez was unable to get out of the inning after surrendering six earned runs, highlighted by an Austin Meadows bases-clearing double.
Zack Littell was able to come in and stop the bleeding, but that was short-lived as he came out in the bottom of the fourth and gave up five more runs on six hits and a walk. The inning probably would have been much worse if it weren’t for Byron Buxton making this spectacular catch to rob Daniel Robertson of a single to lead off the inning.
Littell was able to settle in through the middle innings, and looked pretty sharp until he hit a wall with two outs in the bottom of the seventh where he got lit up with an RBI double followed by a majestic home run off the bat of Ji-Man Choi. However, you could say that Little did his job by saving the bullpen for the rest of the series, as the Twins needed to get just three more outs after he came out of the ballgame.
The Twins were able to finally put a run on the board in the 5th when Luis Arraez hit a two-out double, followed by an RBI single from Ehrie Adrianza. They added another in the sixth thanks to a Byron Buxton lead-off triple. He eventually came in to score on an RBI groundout from Max Kepler. In the eighth, the Twins were able to get a third run thanks to a pair of singles to lead off the inning by Adrianza and Jason Castro. Adrianza came in to score that run on an RBI groundout from Byron Buxton.
Good news is, that still only counts as one. The Twins will be back at it tomorrow evening with Jose Berrios on the mound trying to tie up the series at a game a piece.
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
Next Three Games
Fri at TB, 6:10 pm CT (Berrios-TBD)
Sat at TB, 12:10 pm CT (Gibson-TBD)
Sun at TB, 12:10 pm CT (Odorizzi-TBD)
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