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Twins Game Recap (9/14): Sano Grand Slam Overcomes Rocky Start for Win

The second contest of Saturday's doubleheader provided another bullpen game, but that is about where the similarities ended. Things didn’t look to be going the Twins way early, but a five-run eighth inning ensured, and the Twins secured, the double-header sweep, beating Cleveland 9-5.
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Box Score
Starter: Lewis Thorpe 3.2 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 59% strikes (49 of 83 pitches)
Bullpen: 5.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K

Home Runs: Eddie Rosario (29), Nelson Cruz (37), Miguel Sano (28)
Multi-Hit Games: Jorge Polanco (3-for-5)

Top 3 WPA: Jorge Polanco (.256), Eddie Rosario (.243), Miguel Sano (.213)
Bottom 3 WPA: Lewis Thorpe (-.302), Max Kepler (-1.00), Luis Arraez (-.077)

Eddie Rosario started game two of the doubleheader off right as he hit his 29th home run on the season to score Jorge Polanco and put the Twins up 2-0 early. That early lead wouldn’t hold nearly as long as one had hoped.

Lewis Thorpe continued the parade of bullpen arms that passed over the mound Saturday. While game one resulted in a shutout, Thorpe wasn’t as sharp. Instead the Indians scored two runs in the first and another three in the fourth before Thorpe left the game with the Indians leading 5-2.

In the sixth inning the Twins began to chip away at the Indians' lead with a Cruz home run. It was then in the eighth inning when all of Twins Territory could exhale and then celebrate as the Twins erupted for five runs. With Sano’s first career grand slam being the biggest of exclamation points on the Twins' night and putting the Twins up 9-5.



While Sano will be the one remembered, Polanco and the relievers should not be overlooked. Polanco, along with going 3-for-5 on the night also scored three of the Twins nine runs. After the exit of Thorpe, the Twins pitchers allowed only one hit, issued no walks or runs, and struck out six Indian batters.

That puts the Twins 5.5 games up in the Central and the Indians are now in danger of missing out on the playoffs all together. I will allow your imagination to insert an earlier tweeted premature farewell tweet here...

Postgame With Baldelli


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Tom Froemming
Sep 14 2019 11:01 PM

Wow, what a day. Impressive performance from the pitching staff. Even Lewis Thorpe, who had by far the roughest day, got some massive outs and pitched his way out of a jam. Here's Twins Pitch, there are some fun Brusdar Graterol highlights in the middle of this one.

 

    • glunn, AceWrigley and VivaBomboRivera! like this
This thing is over! Hilariously ironic that the bullpen has really put this team on its back.
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AlwaysinModeration
Sep 14 2019 11:06 PM
Brusdar is a boss.
    • SF Twins Fan and Nine of twelve like this
Waiting on Tom's pitch thing, probably going to be quite the opus.
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railmarshalljon
Sep 14 2019 11:19 PM

 

Can we call out everyone at the FAN for giving up on the Twins too? Power Trip, Common, and Barreiro all buried the Twins on Friday, declared this series the beginning of the end for the club, blah blah blah. That made the doubleheader sweep even sweeter, I gotta say.

 

I love the depth and resilience of this club.

 

Bullpen has really been stepping up, and its great to see. 

 

Yes, yes we can. But I'm sure they'll just move onto how it doesn't matter really and that we have no shot in the playoffs anyway without truly acknowledging they were wrong. MN sport radio and print is insufferably conservative and pessimistic when it comes to sports in my opinion. 

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91-57.That is fantastic. Haven't we been through enough highs and lows to know that a week to 10 day stretch can change everything? We are sitting really, really good but still have to take care of business.  

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What is this rest talk? Finish them, clinch by next Friday or so. Then rest.

 

Can we call out everyone at the FAN for giving up on the Twins too? Power Trip, Common, and Barreiro all buried the Twins on Friday, declared this series the beginning of the end for the club, blah blah blah. That made the doubleheader sweep even sweeter, I gotta say.

 

I love the depth and resilience of this club.

 

Bullpen has really been stepping up, and its great to see. 

Give 1500 Skor North a listen. They have been the opposite. Breaks cut, all is well talk. Almost to the point of irritation. 

I can only celebrate!Excellent

 

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Graterol was throwing some truly nasty stuff. Nice day to be a Twins fan. El Foldo ... no! This team has some sand. Go Twins.

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msukirbycarew
Sep 15 2019 12:25 AM
Bury the tribe and then rest everyone for the playoffs. Win tommorrow and call it a wrap. This team has as much heart as i have seen since '91 and that is why i have hope. Also please extend Sano asap bc he has turned the corner.
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SoDakTwinsFan4
Sep 15 2019 03:58 AM
I've been critical of Eddie Rosario lately, but one of my favorite at bats from this game was the 4 pitch walk Eddie drew to load the bases in a huge spot in the 8th.
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AlwaysinModeration
Sep 15 2019 04:10 AM

I've been critical of Eddie Rosario lately, but one of my favorite at bats from this game was the 4 pitch walk Eddie drew to load the bases in a huge spot in the 8th.


It seems like he has gone up there in multiple at bats recently with a plan of taking pitches until he either gets one strike or two strikes. With as few strikes pitchers throw him, it is a good way to get a walk, or at a minimum a good way to drive up the opposing pitcher’s pitch count.
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twinstalker
Sep 15 2019 04:38 AM

Unfortunately, the Twins have been getting plenty of rest recently.

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diehardtwinsfan
Sep 15 2019 06:08 AM

Now.Lets.Dagger.Them!

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stringer bell
Sep 15 2019 06:11 AM

I don't think it is about rest as much as about health. Kepler has made several awkward swings where he is definitely in pain, same for Cron, and probably also for Cruz. Replacing them today with healthier players makes sense for today and for the postseason IMHO.

 

It would be great if Cave and/or Gonzalez are ready to go because those two are big league players who will certainly be on a postseason roster and they probably need plate appearances to get ready. I don't relish the thought of seeing Miller, LaMarre or Wade get at-bats, but whatever it takes to get Kepler, Cron and Cruz as close to 100% as they can be is what is needed.

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Everyone who thought the Twins would sweep the doubleheader raise your hands.

 

Liars.

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What an outing by Graterol.Jumped off the couch when I saw that one pitch at 102.I know their plans are to have him be a starter.But can you imagine how he would do as a closer?Don't know if he is ready to start out of spring training or if he will need to begin 2020 at AAA.

 

After giving up very few walks while with the Twins this season, Thorpe lost sight of the strike zone yesterday.As rough as his stuff was, was great seeing him keep the game tied by striking out the side with the bases loaded.Still have faith this kid is part of future Twins rotations.

 

Interesting question will be how long Dobnak can go today and who comes in after him?Harper, Romero, Alcala, Romo?

 

 

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Only Here in Negative
Sep 15 2019 07:39 AM

 

 

Everyone who thought the Twins would sweep the doubleheader raise your hands.

 

Liars.

 

I legitimately did! My mother and cousin are huge Twins fans who tend towards despair. I spent Friday evening emailing and texting with both of them about how the Twins were going to sweep this weekend (not just the doubleheader). Every time this team looks like its down, it claws back. And with a mostly functional lineup, I thought they'd light up Clevinger (not exactly what happened but close enough) while the pen would hold serve.

 

I also predicted that the Vikings would stomp the Packers and this would be the greatest MN sports weekend since Game 163 weekend (which ended with Favre stomping the Pack on MNF). So let's hope I'm a seer!

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Interesting that Rocco pulled Smeltzer when things were going well and stuck with Thorpe when he really struggled. This club is never out of it and seem to know it

 

 

 

Interesting question will be how long Dobnak can go today and who comes in after him?Harper, Romero, Alcala, Romo?

 

That feels like forfeiting. I don't understand pushing Berrios back. If you start him today and Friday, you set up him to pitch Wed or Thursday before the end of the season which lines him up for game 1. If you stick with giving him 5 days rest, you pitch him tomorrow and next Sunday. That puts him in line to pitch the 2nd to last game of the season. You don't want that. And the alternative is he's on like 10 days rest.  

 

Great saturday of baseball, how would it feel to be a fan of Baltimore and detroit,, Wehave more wins than them combined, Winning is Fun :jump:

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Nine of twelve
Sep 15 2019 07:58 AM

 

...every single pitcher except Thorpe did their jobs today.

After all is said and done, even he fulfilled a worthy role. He ate innings in a game his team won.

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Nine of twelve
Sep 15 2019 08:00 AM

 

Can we call out everyone at the FAN for giving up on the Twins too? Power Trip, Common, and Barreiro all buried the Twins on Friday, declared this series the beginning of the end for the club, blah blah blah. That made the doubleheader sweep even sweeter, I gotta say.

 

I love the depth and resilience of this club.

 

Bullpen has really been stepping up, and its great to see. 

I just can't stand to listen to that station any more.

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Nine of twelve
Sep 15 2019 08:02 AM

 

Hats off all around, but the bullpen deserves the lions share of the credit. Fantastic job.

I assume you are giving credit to Falvey and Levine for assembling the bullpen roster, specifically the trades made and trades not made. Right?

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