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Twins Game Recap (8/10): Odorizzi Solid, Offense Takes Advantage of Key Opportunities

The Twins and Indians faced off in the third game of their four-game series that was delayed by two hours because of the rain on Saturday night. Jake Odorizzi provided the Twins with six solid innings, while Adam Plutko rolled through three innings on 40 pitches before the Twins hit him hard for two runs in the fourth. Minnesota prevailed, winning 4-1.
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Box Score
Odorizzi: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 60.7% strikes (62 of 102 pitches)
Bullpen: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
Home Runs: Kepler (32), Gonzalez (13)
Multi-Hit Games: Polanco, Gonzalez, Adrianza

Top 3 WPA: Odorizzi (.300), Arraez (.110), Rogers (.082)

Odo inefficient, yet effective
Per the FSN broadcast, this was the fourth consecutive start that Odorizzi had thrown 100+ pitches but of the four only his last start versus Atlanta lasted six innings. Part of this is due to Odorizzi’s lack of success the third time through the line up, which seems to be the reason, in most of the cases, he’s been pulled mid- inning, as was the case tonight.

Although he struck out six and induced mostly weak contact, Odorizzi also walked four and faced eight three-ball counts while allowing six hits. All that said, he did his job by stranding all nine baserunners and giving the Twins a much needed solid outing from their starter.

Twins offense breaks through
Despite having only one hit through three innings, the Twins entered the fourth with an xBA of .290 per Baseball Savant. That coupled with an average 92.7 mph exit velocity meant that it was only a matter of time before the balls started falling for hits. With two-outs in the fourth, Garver snuck a ball past Jose Ramirez down the third base line for a double which was then followed by Arraez’s first career triple. Back-to-back singles by Gonzalez and Adrianza made the game 2-0 before C.J. Cron was thrown out at the plate for the third out. After lead off home runs in the fifth and seventh innings by Kepler and Gonzalez, respectively, the Twins took a 4-1 lead.

Other notes
  • Puig’s 455 foot home run was Sergio Romo’s first run given up in his last 16 innings
  • The Indians finished with eight hits, despite an xBA of .222, per Baseball Savant
  • Twins were 3-for-3 with RISP while the Indians were just 1-for-12 and left 20 runners on base
  • Per FSN broadcast, this was Taylor Rogers seventh save of six or more outs this year
  • Twins are now 6-6 versus the Indians this year and 27-30 against teams at or above .500
This was a much needed win for the Twins who have now gone 2-4 during a week many touted as the most important of their season. They will look to secure a series tie on Sunday and move the lead back to two games over the Indians as Berrios draws the start.

Postgame With Baldelli


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A win is a win, but sometimes it's good to be lucky. Twenty left on base.....
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jorgenswest
Aug 11 2019 01:36 PM

A win is a win, but sometimes it's good to be lucky. Twenty left on base.....


Given the soft contact and xba there was a little bad luck also. Instead of lamenting some soft contact hits Odorizzi battled.

Given the soft contact and xba there was a little bad luck also. Instead of lamenting some soft contact hits Odorizzi battled.


Where is the Lamentation? If you don't think twenty left on base involves luck, no skin off my back...

A win is a win, but sometimes it's good to be lucky. Twenty left on base.....

nitpic: 10 left on base, not 20.

nitpic: 10 left on base, not 20.


Team LOB was 10, but if you add up the individual player LOB, I think you get 20, as a few were left on by more than 1 guy.

Team LOB was 10, but if you add up the individual player LOB, I think you get 20, as a few were left on by more than 1 guy.

well the box score says 10, so by any traditional accounting, or common interpretation, 10.

well the box score says 10, so by any traditional accounting, or common interpretation, 10.


I don't disagree, but take it up with this article's author, who wrote 20.

nitpic: 10 left on base, not 20.


I was just going off what I read....

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