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Twins Bounce Back in Series vs Orioles

Posted by AJ Condon , 21 April 2019 · 880 views

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After a disappointing series loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, the Minnesota Twins swept the Baltimore Orioles three games to zero in two days.

The Twins had played six games in a row coming into this series, and were supposed to play three straight, but due to the weather in Baltimore on Friday, the game got postponed, giving the Twins a much needed rest. The rest proved to be exactly what the Twins needed as they came out for the doubleheader and hit 11 home runs. Jose Berrios and Martin Perez both gave six innings before the bullpen came in to finish the game.

In the early game, the Twins were able to strike first putting up two runs in the second thanks to back-to-back home runs for Rosario and Astudillo. The orioles answered the next inning, taking the lead 3-2 on two home runs. Rosario kept his power hitting by sending another ball out of the ballpark to tie the game at three and giving him his second home run of the day, and if you thought he was done, you are wrong. A HBP and a couple of hits in the sixth helped extend the lead to 6-3 and that would be all the Twins needed as they won 6-5.

Berrios was able to get the win and move to 3-1 on the year while pitching six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out five. Trevor Hildenberger came in and gave up two hits in only one inning but didn't allow a run. Rogers picked up his second save of the year while giving up three hits, one walk in two innings and striking out five of his six outs.

It seemed as though the first game had just ended by the time the second game of the doubleheader kicked off. After the Twins ripped three home runs in the first game, they continued their power right away in the second game. Nelson Cruz and C.J. Cron were the two responsible for getting in going in the first by each hitting a home run as the Twins went up 3-0. The home runs started to come again in the third when Rosario blasted his third home run of the game and fifth in the last three games. After a few other hits, including a Buxton RBI double, Mitch Garver got into the home run spirit and hit a 3-run home run to extend the lead to 10-0 in the top of the third.

To make things better, Jonathan Schoop was able to add to the home run total also hitting a 3-run bomb in the fourth against his former team to extend the league again to 13-0. The Orioles weren't just going to watch the Twins hit bombs all day, as they finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth with a 2-run shot. Going into the top of the eighth, not much had happened except another 2-run home run for the Orioles to make it 13-4, but apparently that was too close of a game for the Twins. Garver and Cruz both hit their second home run of the game to make in 15-4.

The game was so bad that Chris Davis made his second career pitching appearance for the Orioles in the final inning of the doubleheader. Davis actually has a win under his belt as a pitcher from 2012 when he pitched two innings and gave up no runs. He started out the inning getting Jake Cave to ground out, but bringing Schoop to the plate. Schoop was now facing an ex teammate he used to throw to to get an out, and what better way to say hi then by hitting your second home run of the game and extending the game to 16-7.

Martin Perez was able to pick up the win improving to 2-0 on the season giving up six hits, one walk and four runs in six innings and striking out two. Fernando Romero made his first appearance of the season, but only pitched two innings. His pitch count was only at 24, but three runs on four hits. Tyler Duffey came in to close out the game pitching just one inning and not allowing a run.

The Twins had already won the series in just one day while playing two games combining for 22 runs on 11 home runs. They also tied their franchise record of home runs in a game with eight. They were then ready to close out the series this morning with Kyle Gibson on the mound. This game was definitely a lot closer and the ball stayed in the park the whole time!

The Twins started right where they left off last night scoring two runs in the top of the first to get out to an early 2-0 lead. Gibson pitched well through almost three innings but gave up two 2-out hits which allowed the Orioles to score two runs to put them down 2-3. He was able to settle back in and was able to work through six innings while only giving up those two runs. The Twins were up 4-2 after Gibson exited the game when both Trevors were able to give them shutout innings to set up Rogers for the save.

Rogers made it interesting as he found himself in a tight situation after giving up one run, the bases loaded on two outs. He got down right away with a 3-0 count, but thanks to a nice frame by Astudillo for a strike, he got Severino to fly out ending the game and completing the three game sweep. Gibson picked up his first win moving to 1-0 and Rogers picked up his third save.

This was a huge series for the Twins after dropping their last one to the Blue Jays. They moved to 12-7 on the season, and have a half game lead on the Indians in the Central. The starting pitchers all were able to go deep into their games, and the bullpen was able to hold the game (mostly). The bats were able to get going throughout this whole series as we saw Rosario continue to power through the ball and leading the team with nine home runs.

The Twins get right back into action tomorrow when they travel to Houston to face the Astros in a three game series.




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Channing1964
Apr 21 2019 03:23 PM
If we just beat the teams we should beat......
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If only we could play Baltimore all the time...