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Twins Game Recap (9/10): Berrios Bounces Back in Twins Win

It has been a rough little stretch for the Minnesota Twins of late. With the announcement of the Michael Pineda suspension, and a string of Twins' injuries, leading up to Byron Buxton undergoing surgery on his labrum, shelving him for the next 5-6 months, the Twins needed something to go their way. Fortunately, that is exactly what happened tonight, as Jose Berrios looked to be back on his front-of-the rotation form in tonight's 5-0 win over the Washington Nationals.
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Box Score
Berrios: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 67.0% strikes (63 of 94 pitches)
Home Runs: Garver (30)
Multi-Hit Games: Arraez (2 for 4, 2B)
WPA of +0.1: Berrios .455, Garver .143
WPA of -0.1: None

The story of tonight was unquestionably the bounce back performance from Jose Berrios. After posting an 8.07 ERA over his last six starts, Berrios gave the Twins seven scoreless innings tonight against the Nationals. Berrios had a perfect game going into the fifth inning, until Howie Kendrick singled on a line drive to Eddie Rosario in right.

The Twins got their first real scoring chance of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning, after Luis Arraez drove a one out double over the left fielder’s head, setting the table for Jorge Polanco and Nelson Cruz to drive in the first run of the game. However, neither was able to come through with a clutch hit, and the game went to the seventh inning scoreless.

In the bottom of the seventh the Twins finally broke the scoreless tie, thanks to Mitch Garver blasting his 30th home run of the season.



The Twins were able to add one three more insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth, effectively blowing the game wide open. The inning started with a Jonathan Schoop hit by pitch, followed by a Luis Arraez single. Then after a wild pitch from Nationals pitcher Tanner Rainey, Jorge Polanco came through with a two-run double. The bases were reloaded thanks to walks from Eddie Rosario and Mitch Garver, leading to an Ehrie Adrianza sac-fly for the Twins fifth and final run of the game.

Those insurance runs were important, as Taylor Rogers was up and warming in the pen to get the save, but instead he was able to get the night off, as Trevor May came in and sent the Nationals down 1-2-3 to finish off the Twins win.

Bullpen Usage
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:

Next Three Games
Wed vs WSH, 6:40 pm CT (Strasburg-Perez)
Thu vs WSH, 6:40 pm CT (Corbin-Gibson)
Fri at CLE, 6:10 pm CT (TBD-TBD)

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Thank god~

 

my thoughts exactly

Well, that was encouraging! And important, given the matchups aren't too friendly the next two games.

 

I think I'd rather have rain than Strasburg and Corbin against this Twins lineup at this particular point in time. We'll see.

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IndianaTwin
Sep 11 2019 09:55 AM

 

Pfffft. So's the whole next week.

 

Also get ready to celebrate on... 

02-11-20

02-22-20

12-11-21

12-22-21

 

But after that, it will be a while, and I probably won't be around to see it. Ted Williams will, perhaps, if they can work out that freeze and thaw thing. 

 

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Don Walcott
Sep 11 2019 11:02 AM

 

Love seeing that clean bullpen chart. Thanks to Berrios' excellent start and the insurance runs in the eighth, it feels good to only have to use two relievers and not have Taylor Rogers among them.

 

I do wish we could have a more decisive win sooner or later, however, so that we can continue to audition some of these back-end guys for the postseason. Five spots are obviously spoken for, and Littell seems likely to get a sixth. One to two spots remain.

We should get those games in the last two weeks of the season. And although I agree that I'd like to see some more auditions, I'd also like to see the bullpen we'll be using in the post-season continue this good momentum in close games. I think the confidence in the bullpen is growing with each good outing by May, Duffey, Romo and Rogers, in particular. Those guys will need some rest, of course, but they also need to stay in the groove they are in by continuing to pitch regularly.

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Well, that was encouraging! And important, given the matchups aren't too friendly the next two games.

I think I'd rather have rain than Strasburg and Corbin against this Twins lineup at this particular point in time. We'll see.


Still wish they had signed Corbin....
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AlwaysinModeration
Sep 11 2019 01:06 PM

Unrelated to the Twins, but going into tonight, Bruce Bochy, whose managerial career has lasted from 1995-2019, has a career record of 1995-2019.


This should be posted in the “Fun With Numbers 2019” thread. Or perhaps the “Fun With The Number 2019” thread.
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Great for Berrios....

 

But any news on his velo in the game?

 

Only 4 Ks....and if the velo is not back up this may only be a blip.

 

If the velo is coming back up then Yeeee Haaaaah!

Velo was back up.93.6 for avg FB I think I read and he was topping out at 95 I believe.

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VivaBomboRivera!
Sep 12 2019 05:14 AM

 

Berrios wasn't overpowering, but he obviously pitched very well. I was happy to see him working effectively at the top of the zone...

 

Late to the party, but it ought to be said that this was the first game since Gibson & Rogers shut out KC on 14 June that the FPPF (Fan Pitching Pucker Factor) did not exceed 40 (on a scale with 100 indicating absolute peak pucker).

 

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