TB 19, MIN 6: This Never Happened
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Jose Berrios: 45 Game Score, 6.0 IP, 6 ER, 5 K, 3 BB, 62.8% strikes
Bullpen: 3.0 IP, 13 ER, 2 K, 1 BB
Lineup: 4-for-11 w/RISP, 11 LOB
WPA of 0.1 or higher: Rosario .303, Wilson .169
WPA of -0.1 or lower: Duke -.537, Berrios -.309, Dozier -.104
What do you really need to know about this game? Well, for starters Willians Astudillo pitched (and he topped out at 86.2 mph, by the way). He gave up five runs on five hits, two of them homers, in the ninth inning.
That may sound real bad, but two actual major league pitchers got rocked just as badly for the Twins. Zach Duke, pitching for the fourth time in five days, took over for for Berrios in the seventh after Jose walked the leadoff man and then gave up a single.
Duke gave up consecutive RBI singles and a go-ahead sacrifice fly. He intentionally walked a batter to load the bases, then Joey Wendle cleared them with a triple. That adds up to a five-run seventh for the Rays.
Tampa Bay added another five spot in the eighth against Matt Belisle, who’s now given up 13 earned runs in 12 1/3 innings with the Twins.
Eddie Rosario was 3-for-5 with two RBIs and Max Kepler hit his 11th home run. Both Eduardo Escobar and Bobby Wilson collected two hits.
Astudillo has now made two appearances at third base, two at second base, one in left field, one in center and another on the mound. He has yet to catch for the Twins.
Paul Molitor announced in his postgame interview that Aaron Slegers will be placed on the DL and Fernando Romero will start tomorrow's game.
Postgame With Molitor
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
AL Central Standings
MIN 43-50 (-8)
DET 40-57 (-13)
CHW 32-62 (-19.5)
KC 27-67 (-24.5)
Next Three Games
Sun vs. TB, 1:10 pm CT: Fernando Romero vs. TBD
Last Three Games
MIN 11, TB 8: Twins Get a Scare on Friday the 13th, Prevail over Pesky Rays
MIN 5, TB 1: Who’s the Snub?
MIN 8, KC 5: Twins Recover from Rough Start