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Twins Game Recap (9/28): Cruz Homers, Arraez Injured, Twins Top KC 4-3

With the AL Central clinched and the 100-win total already eclipsed, the Twins have very little left to play for in Kansas City. They did come into today’s game with a two-home run deficit to the New York Yankees for the single-season record and a chance to get one win closer to tying the team record of 102 wins. Cody Shashak auditioned as opener and Minnesota’s bullpen got the job done, as the Twins topped the Royals 4-3 with a late home run from Nelson Cruz, but it came at a potentially huge cost with Luis Arraez being helped off of the field
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Box Score
Stashak (Opener): 2IP, 2H, 1ER, 2K, 79.17% strikes (19 of 24 pitches)
Bullpen: 7IP, 5H, 2ER, 3BB, 11K

Home Runs: Cruz (41)
Multi-Hit Games: Cruz (2-for-4, HR, 2B), Garver (2-for-3, 2 2B, BB), Austudillo (2-for-4), Schoop (2-for-4)
Top 3 WPA: Cruz (.243), Rogers (.209), Austudillo (.166)

Arraez Hurt
In an essentially meaningless game at the tail end of the year, the last thing Minnesota needed was for a key cog in the lineup to be injured, but that is exactly what happened. Rookie sensation Luis Arraez collided with Austudillo while the two converged to catch an infield fly off the bat of Hunter Dozier for the last out of the seventh. Arraez’s right leg appeared to buckle while he was coming down off the mound and he was down for several minutes. A cart was brought out but Arraez was able to walk off with help. Obviously, losing Arraez for the postseason would be a huge detriment to the Twins.



Garver and Austudillo Bring the Bats and Cruz Hits a Huge Bomba
Mitch Garver certainly helped ease any concerns Twins fans may have harbored about his recent hip injury. He drilled two doubles and drew a walk. After both doubles he would come home on two Willians Austudillo RBI singles. The Twins finally got a home run off of the bat of Nelson Cruz in the eighth inning, his 41st of the year. It couldn’t have come at a bigger time as Tyler Duffey had just allowed Kansas City to tie the game at three with Jorge Soler’s second home run on the day, a two-run shot. Cruz put the Twins up 4-3.

The Bullpen Gets the Job Done
Cody Staschak got the opportunity to audition as the opener today and outside of allowing a bomb to Jorge Soler he pitched pretty well. Shashak allowed two hits and struck out two Kansas City batters in two innings of work.

Next up was Kyle Gibson. Gibson managed to escape his one inning without any damage but he labored heavily. It took Gibson over 30 pitches to end the third and he loaded the bases with a single and two walks. Gibson did strike out two batters including the final out of the inning to keep the game tied, but he didn’t exactly bolster his case for inclusion on the postseason roster.

After Gibson, the bullpen shined through the middle innings. Zack Littell, Lewis Thorpe, and Trevor May combined for five strikeouts in three scoreless innings. Tyler Duffey was the next man up and the inning started well, but with two outs Whit Merrifield singled on weak ground ball and Soler followed with his league-leading 47th dinger.

After Cruz gave the lead back to Minnesota, Sergio Romo came in and pitched a clean eighth inning. Taylor Rogers would come in to protect the one-run lead, picking up his 30th save on the year and giving the Twins win number 101.

Going for 102
Tomorrow’s season finale will give Minnesota a chance to tie the franchise record for wins set in 1965. 2019 has been a truly remarkable year for the Twins and losing tomorrow will take nothing away from that, but it would be nice to see this team get Rocco Baldelli a share of the record in his first season as a manager.

Postgame With Baldelli


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terrydactyls1947
Sep 28 2019 09:33 PM

Yesterday was Saturday, September 28 and it was the 161st game of the year.The Twins hit 1 home run for a season total of 304 home runs.The Twins are now 1 home run behind the Yankees for the new MLB single-season home run record.Tomorrow is the final day for both teams and the games begin between 2:00 and 2:20 Central Time.It should be interesting.

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ScrapTheNickname
Sep 28 2019 10:33 PM

Here is a glass half-full thought. In the last 8 games Arraez went 6-35 (.171) and saw his BA drop from .349 to .334 ... so ... a little knick on the ankle, an extra day off ... (half-full glass talking) and he comes back swinging for singles on Friday or so.

I'm watching the game on replay so I hope Luis is ok. He is 22 and I think he is a tough kid that would play with a broken finger if he could go to a World Series....Twins need to have a meeting and fix the fielding. I'd hate to get hit by a fast moving Turtle! And I still want May and the Duffer to kick azz on NY!
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ScrapTheNickname
Sep 29 2019 01:20 AM

 

Here's an innovative idea: Just let the darn pitcher catch the ball. We're treating them like babies out there. These guys have been catching pop-ups since they were little kids. The pitching mound is not an obstacle course from American Ninja. Baldelli can solve this problem pretty easily. Just tell them that pop-ups in front of the rubber are the pitcher's call. Behind the rubber, it's the shortstop's call, and he's not going to give it to the pitcher. This particular pop-up would have been an easy catch for Duffey, but he's not going to stand there and get sandwiched by Torts and Arraez, so I don't blame him for bailing out. 

I disagree completely. How many popups are hit directly over the pitcher's mound in a season? Less than 10? 5? The pitcher's job is to get off the mound in a hurry, let the fielder's, whose job is fielding, field the ball.

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Crazy how we had injuries during the season but nothing really bad and nothing we couldn't overcome with depth.
And then suddenly suspension and bad injuries at the end! Who ticked off the baseball gods?
Someone grab a bucket of KFC please!


...and candlesticks make a good wedding present!
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I disagree completely. How many popups are hit directly over the pitcher's mound in a season? Less than 10? 5? The pitcher's job is to get off the mound in a hurry, let the fielder's, whose job is fielding, field the ball.


The pitcher’s job is to direct traffic on IF popups. A really savvy one will hold back guys to keep them out of the way. Duffey just kind of stared in the sky and then bolted at the last second. He isn’t to blame but hopefully he got a talking to on what he could do to help out next time.
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That’s what happens when you have guys playing positions they aren’t accustomed to playing.

it was a pop up on the pitchers mound, the exact same situation could have happened if Arraez were playing 2nd and Astudillo played C
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twinsfaninsaudi
Sep 29 2019 06:45 AM
Well whatever game Paxton is gonna start Schoop would probably be starting anyways. For whatever that’s worth.

 

Did we see a dress run today for a planned bullpen game in the playoffs?

Hopefully not the Kyle Gibson part!

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I guess it depends on the grade of the sprain but maybe he can just tape it and still play.Our gymnasts have sprains are are able to compete with the help of tape.Especially if it a meet where you need to qualify for regionals or nationals. 

 

I'm not totally buying what mlb says. I rather agree with what Kaat used to do...the pitcher is the QB on these plays. He calls who takes it and in Kaat's case he used to push anyone else out of the way. Doesn't look like Duffey did that so instincts took over. Its easy to sit an watch a monitor and a replay over an over and say...this is how it should have been done. It was an unfortunate accident and I'm sure everyone is very bummed about it.

It also surprised me, but when broke down to responsibilities for every infielder ,intresting 

A couple notes not related to Arraez: the Yankees did not hit a HR last night, leaving us one behind them. We are also just 2 games behind NY... we almost caught them for the 2nd seed.
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VivaBomboRivera!
Sep 29 2019 09:03 PM
In a situation with multiple fielders closing on a fly ball in the infield, it falls to the catcher to call out the player in the best position to make the out. Couldn't tell from the audio and unable to see Garver's face, but his body language is that of an observer. That was Astudillo's ball. Teammates should have been warning off Arraez.

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