TEX 9, MIN 6: Odorizzi Lays an Egg
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Jake Odorizzi: 21 Game Score, 1.2 IP, 6 ER, 3 K, 1 BB, 65.0% strikes
Bullpen: 7.1 IP, 3 ER, 9 K, 1 BB
Lineup: 2-for-9 w/RISP, 8 LOB
Top three per WPA: Rosario .204, Garver .057, Dozier .054
The Twins jumped out to an early lead thanks to an Eddie Rosario two-run homer in the first, but Texas scored nine unanswered runs. Morrison blasted a two-run homer of his own in the sixth inning, and the Twins actually had the game-tying run on base in the ninth.
You don’t give up six runs before you can record six outs all because of bad luck, but the way Texas got to Odorizzi does seem a little fluky. Three of their six hits came on balls that had a hit probability of less than 50 percent, per Baseball Savant. That includes their only extra-base hit, a double.
It’s not like Odorizzi pitched himself into trouble, as he had a very strong strike percentage of 65, but the Rangers were racking up hits on pitches outside of the zone.
Matt Magill surrendered three runs in his 3 1/3 innings of work, but the rest of the bullpen managed to stop the bleeding. Ryan Pressly, Addison Reed, Zach Duke and Trevor Hildenberger all pitched a scoreless inning.
Mitch Garver, Ryan LaMarre and Joe Mauer strung together consecutive one-out singles in the ninth inning and Rosario drove in a pair of runs on a double. Eduardo Escobar struck out on five pitches before Brian Dozier drew a walk to load the bases.
Morrison, representing the winning run, went down swinging to end it, but let’s hope that positive offensive finish carries over to tomorrow. Garver had three hits and Mauer, Rosario and LaMarre all had two hits each.
Jurickson Profar was hit by a pitch in three of his plate appearances today, causing Texas manager Jeff Bannister to shout across the field over to the Twins dugout. The Rangers did not retaliate, but there’s always tomorrow.
After the game, it was announced the Twins were sending a pitcher down. No, not Matt Belisle, who's been terrible, or Matt Magill, who threw 60 pitches today. It's Fernando Romero. No corresponding move has been announced at the moment.
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
DET 36-40 (-6)
MIN 33-40 (-7.5)
CHW 25-51 (-17)
KC 23-52 (-18.5)
Next Three Games
Sun vs. TEX, 1:10 pm CT: Jose Berrios vs Bartolo Colon
Tue at CHW, 7:10 pm CT: TBD
Wed at CHW, 7:10 pm CT: TBD
Last Three Games
TEX 8, MIN 1: Circling the Drain
BOS 9, MIN 2: There Go Those Shiny Pitching Stats
MIN 4, BOS 1: For Grossman and Kepler, The Price Was Right