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Article: MIN 3, SDP 1: Rosario Hits Walk-Off HR in 10th Inning

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#1 Tom Froemming

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 10:20 PM

Eddie Rosario blasted a walk-off homer in the 10th inning to deliver a victory and put a happy end to what could have been a frustrating loss. Ervin Santana pitched 6.0 shutout innings and Matt Belisle threw the final 1.2 frames to pick up the win.Snapshot (chart via Fangraphs)
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We knew it was unlikely the Twins would explode for double-digit runs again, but one night after slugging seven homers they really struggled to scratch across runs. Their lone run prior to extras came in the second inning. Rosario hit a leadoff double. He scored, but it was thanks to a wild pitch followed by a throwing error.

The first inning ended with a strike ‘em out, throw ‘em out. Jorge Polanco, who had a full count, watched strike three go by and Joe Mauer was easily thrown out trying to steal. Polanco led off the fourth inning with a single, which was followed by an Eddie Rosario walk. But Byron Buxton, Max Kepler and Eduardo Escobar were retired in order.

The Twins got their lead off man aboard again in the sixth, as Mauer singled. Polanco bunted him over to second, but that’s as far as Mauer would go. Again, Polanco was the number three hitter tonight. He bunted. This is a regular thing now, I guess.

In the seventh, the Twins once again got their leadoff man on. Kepler singled, Escobar followed suit and Jason Castro was hit by a pitch to load the bases with nobody out. Robbie Grossman grounded into a double play and Brian Dozier struck out to end the threat.

In the eighth, Polanco hit a one-out single and Buxton dropped a bunt for a two-out hit. With a tough lefty in Brad Hand on the mound, Ehire Adrianza pinch hit for Kepler (.129/.198/.168 vs LHP this season), but could not deliver.

But this team, as it has all year, just kept fighting. As much fun as I like to poke at Paul Molitor for the ridiculous bunting, his club has clearly taken heart to his message of no retreat, no surrender. Mauer hit a one-out single in the 10th before Rosario ended it with two down.

Postgame With Rosario

Standings
The Yankees beat Tampa Bay, and remain 3.0 games in front of the Twins. At the time this published, the Twins held a 2.5 game advantage over the Angels, but they were beating the Astros 9-0.

Bullpen Usage
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
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Looking Ahead
Thu: Twins (Jose Berrios) vs. Blue Jays (Brett Anderson), 7:10 pm CT
Fri: Twins (Bartolo Colon) vs. Blue Jays (J.A. Happ), 7:10 pm CT
Sat: Twins (Adalberto Mejia) vs. Blue Jays (Marco Estrada), 6:10 pm CT

Looking Back
MIN 16, SDP 0: Twins Hit 7 HRs, Set New Record
KC 11, MIN 3: Big Dud from Big Sexy & Co.
KC 5, MIN 2: Molitor Pushes All the Wrong Buttons in Loss

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 11:49 PM

I was sitting in the Paradise Lounge, a bar in San Diego with a buddy, eating a Cobb salad, watching the last few innings of the Twins / Padres game. When Rosario came up bottom of the 10th, I said to my buddy, "Watch out for this guy. Best hands since Rod Carew." 

 

BOOOOM! Hahahahaha! 

 

I do like how Rosie is laying off the outside stuff now. He's still a little vulnerable to high stuff, but apparently the SD pitcher didn't know about that. Man oh man, did he crank that inside pitch. How the heck did he avoid hooking it foul? Good hands, brother. Good hands. 

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 01:30 AM

As we celebrate this great victory tonight, I see that our Twins are 6-6 in September. This is all against teams with sub .500 records. I hope the boys can bear down and the manager can field the best team and not worry about checking out prospects for next year. Coming up - 6 of the remaining 17 games are against the Yankees (3 games at Yankee Stadium, and now 3 games back of the first wild card and home field, and in case of a tie, we lead the season series 2-1) and 3 on the road against Cleveland! After the upcoming 4 game series against Toronto at home, 10 games on the road. We have not taken advantage of gaining ground on .500 against losing teams. It will be imperative to be more than a .500 team to close out the schedule. 


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Posted 14 September 2017 - 05:25 AM

Two things...

 

1. During the telly broadcast it was flashed that the Twins are 42-17 this year when their pitchers deliver quality starts. This seems incredible. Do other teams have similar results?

 

2. From the bullpen usage chart, whoever started Monday really gave the relievers a much needed rest. 

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 05:50 AM

 

2. From the bullpen usage chart, whoever started Monday really gave the relievers a much needed rest. 

The Twins were off on Monday :)

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 06:02 AM

From the bullpen usage chart, whoever started Monday really gave the relievers a much needed rest.

 
 

The Twins were off on Monday :)


Last year we would have counted that as a win. And a quality start.
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Posted 14 September 2017 - 06:46 AM

Did Rogers, Duffy, and Boshers really all just throw one pitch on Saturday?

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 07:17 AM

 

Did Rogers, Duffy, and Boshers really all just throw one pitch on Saturday?

Yup, used five relievers to throw a total of 16 pitches in that game. 


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Posted 14 September 2017 - 07:50 AM

 

As we celebrate this great victory tonight, I see that our Twins are 6-6 in September. This is all against teams with sub .500 records. I hope the boys can bear down and the manager can field the best team and not worry about checking out prospects for next year. Coming up - 6 of the remaining 17 games are against the Yankees (3 games at Yankee Stadium, and now 3 games back of the first wild card and home field, and in case of a tie, we lead the season series 2-1) and 3 on the road against Cleveland! After the upcoming 4 game series against Toronto at home, 10 games on the road. We have not taken advantage of gaining ground on .500 against losing teams. It will be imperative to be more than a .500 team to close out the schedule. 

Actually I would assume a .500 record will get them in based on the teams chasing.  9-8 will be 85 wins.  outside of the Angels who have a horribly tough schedule coming up, the rest of the team will need to be about 12-5 to get to 84 wins.

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 07:59 AM

That was fun! If I were to pick at anything, it would be failing to score more when we had some golden opportunities. Just a shame Santana couldn't have gotten the win. Blow them out or win in dramatic fashion in the 10th, winning is still winning. Just imagine a little more clutch hitting and a little better pitching. Wow!
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Posted 14 September 2017 - 08:09 AM

Who throws a bucket of bubble gum THAT hard at a guy? ....could've poked an eye out Kennys Vargas!!!  

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 08:25 AM

I can't stand watching the horrible free swinging Rosario.He's easily replaceable. 

 

TRADE HIM!!!!!! Trade him for pitching already!  LOL

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 08:27 AM

 

I can't stand watching the horrible free swinging Rosario.He's easily replaceable. 

 

TRADE HIM!!!!!! Trade him for pitching already!  LOL

 

Here's the weird thing....most of the people saying the Twins should consider trading him think he has real value, and could possibly return a real pitcher and a prospect. It's the other side that says he's not worth that much. 

 

Most of the people saying trade him, not all and not hte OP, are saying it because they think the Twins can get by better with Buxton, Kepler, FA/Wade/Granite and a legit SP, than they can with a FA SP or someone from the minors while keeping Eddie.

 

Because, if you want to get good value back, you have to give up good value.

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 08:34 AM

 

I was sitting in the Paradise Lounge, a bar in San Diego with a buddy, eating a Cobb salad, watching the last few innings of the Twins / Padres game. When Rosario came up bottom of the 10th, I said to my buddy, "Watch out for this guy. Best hands since Rod Carew." 

 

BOOOOM! Hahahahaha! 

 

I do like how Rosie is laying off the outside stuff now. He's still a little vulnerable to high stuff, but apparently the SD pitcher didn't know about that. Man oh man, did he crank that inside pitch. How the heck did he avoid hooking it foul? Good hands, brother. Good hands. 

 

You're burying the lead here.... You went to a bar, and ordered Cobb Salad?! 

No chili cheese fries, burger, or onion rings?!

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 08:36 AM

Two key underrated elements of last night's game:

 

Busenitz retiring Wil Myers in the top of the eighth, with runners on first & third.

 

Belisle popping up Hedges in the top of the ninth, with runners on first & second.  

 

Humangous big outs, both of 'em.

 

 

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 08:39 AM

On Rosario-  His AB in the 10th inning is a perfect example of how he's coming around.  Takes the 1-0 pitch just inches off the outside corner, putting himself into a hitter's count at 2-0.  Pitcher Maton grooves one, and Rosario pounds it.

 

No way he lays off that 1-0 pitch last season.  Maybe not even in April or May.  But this is a great example of a guy maturing as a hitter, if you can see that in one single AB.

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 08:43 AM

I was there last night, pretty frustrating game up to that point. 

 

We were about to leave in the 10th and as we were walking towards the plaza I said "lets stick around and watch this half inning." The crowd had thinned out considerably when Rosario hit his bomb but that was the happiest group of Twins fans I've seen in years. 

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 08:50 AM

Eddie is becoming one of my favorite players to watch. He's fun. He hits. He's done a terrific job in cutting down the strike outs and increasing walks. Teams have to throw him more strikes and he's really understanding what they teams are going to do. 

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 09:05 AM

 

As we celebrate this great victory tonight, I see that our Twins are 6-6 in September. This is all against teams with sub .500 records. I hope the boys can bear down and the manager can field the best team and not worry about checking out prospects for next year. Coming up - 6 of the remaining 17 games are against the Yankees (3 games at Yankee Stadium, and now 3 games back of the first wild card and home field, and in case of a tie, we lead the season series 2-1) and 3 on the road against Cleveland! After the upcoming 4 game series against Toronto at home, 10 games on the road. We have not taken advantage of gaining ground on .500 against losing teams. It will be imperative to be more than a .500 team to close out the schedule. 

There are losing teams and there are losing teams. The ones the Twins have played are those that are within a game or so of .500 and also playing for the WC spot and 7 of those were on the road.  Really not so bad when you consider the Twins are barely above .500 themselves.  Odds makers would probably have said we should win 6.5 of the games in September thus far.  We don't know what is imperative to close out the schedule. There is a very good chance that 8-9 will get it done but always the possibility of someone getting really hot and making 10-7 not good enough.  If I could bank 9-8 I would but like I said we don't know what it will take.  

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 09:17 AM

 

You're burying the lead here.... You went to a bar, and ordered Cobb Salad?! 

No chili cheese fries, burger, or onion rings?!

It gets worse, I'm afraid. It was Steak Night at the Paradise, and they have a really good steak dinner for about $15 bucks. It's just that I had too much meat lately, and I had to stop... Same with the fries, the burger, and the rings. I gotta lose a few pounds before I can't see my feet without a mirror. 

 

The Paradise has surprisingly good food, for a local bar. Except the enchiladas, I'd avoid those. 

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