TOR 6, MIN 5: Gut Punch
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Gibson: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 56.4% strikes (53 of 94 pitches)
Home Runs: Polanco (3), Rosario (4), Gonzalez (1)
Multi-Hit Games: Gonzalez (2-for-4, HR)
WPA of +0.1: Rosario .232, Cruz .135
WPA of -0.1: Cron -.128, Harper -.136, Hildenberger -.241
(chart via FanGraphs)
The Twins headed into the bottom of the ninth down two, but Marwin Gonzalez made sure the Twins weren’t going to go down quietly. Gonzalez hit his first home run as a Twin to lead off the bottom of the ninth.
Nelson Cruz followed with a pinch-hit walk. Cron pinch hit, grounding into a fielder’s choice, before Mitch Garver, who also started this game on the bench, struck out on a checked swing.
Buxton ripped a ball down the left field line and all the chips were laid down, as Cron was going to try to score from first base. The Twins were forcing the Blue Jays to make a play. Unfortunately, they came through.
Kyle Gibson looked good, until he didn’t. That’s pretty much been the case in all of his starts so far this season. Very Odorizzi-esque.
Gibby gave up a single to lead off the game, quickly erased that runner on a double play and didn’t give up another hit through five innings. He only recorded one out that inning, finishing his outing after giving up a two-run single. Ryne Harper couldn’t stop the bleeding, as he allowed both his inherited runners to score.
Eddie Rosario picked up his teammates by pounding a game-tying three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth.
Trevor May loaded the bases in the seventh, meaning apparent bases-loaded specialist Trevor Hildenberger was called upon. Hildy has been a magician in those situations so far this year, but his luck finally ran out, as he gave up a two-run single.
Hildenberger only threw one pitch, yet he was pulled. Tyler Duffey came in to make his 2019 debut. Duffey faced three men in the eighth, he struck out two of them, the other was out trying to bunt for a hit. He got another strikeout in a scoreless ninth inning.
It ended up being too little too late, but it was nice to see Duffey keep the Twins in this game.
Willians Astudillo was 0-for-4, and has just two hits in his last 22 at-bats. Ehire Adrianza was 0-for-3, and is 2-for-19 on the season. Jason Castro was 0-for-2 and is now 2-for-14. All five of the Twins’ runs tonight came on home runs. Toronto pitchers issued six walks.
Postgame With Baldelli
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
Next Three Games
Wed vs. TOR, 6:40 pm CT (Odorizzi-Thornton)
Thu vs. TOR, 12:10 pm CT (Pineda-Buchholz)
Fri vs. BAL, 6:05 pm CT (TBD-Cobb)
TOR 5, MIN 3: About That Bullpen …
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