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Article: Twins Game Recap (7/25): Bomba Squad Cruz to Win

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#1 AJ Condon

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Posted 25 July 2019 - 09:34 PM

Nelson Cruz and the Minnesota Twins continued their hitting hot-streak and jumped on Lucas Giolito and the White Sox. Jose Berrios finally got some run support and picked up his first win since June 6. Poppen put up two shutout innings as the Twins' bullpen gets another break.Box Score
Berrios: 7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 75.5% strikes (80 of 106 pitches)
Bullpen (Poppen): 2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Home Runs: Cruz 3 (25), Kepler (26), Sano (17)
Multi-Hit Games: Cruz (3-5, 3 HR), Sano (2-4, HR), Buxton (2-4, 2 2B)

Top 3 WPA: Berrios .111, Kepler .140, Cruz .377
Bottom 3 WPA: Buxton -.048, Garver -.040, Polanco -.034

Offense Continues to Thrive

Nelson Cruz has now homered in the last four games, and has seven home runs in the last six games. He came into tonight’s game with 382 home runs in his career, but did something for the first time in his career tonight. It came against the ace of the Sox as he faced him three times and hit three home runs. Giolito came into this game giving up only 10 home runs, but surrendered five to the league’s best home run hitting team.

His first home run was a solo shot and went 473 feet that set a record for the longest home run in Guaranteed Rate Stadium in the Statcast era. His second and third home runs traveled 433 and 430 feet, respectively, and came with a runner on. His home run distance added up to 1,336 total feet and all three balls went to three different spots on the field.



Max Kepler and Miguel Sano each got in on the home run fun by hitting two-run home runs of their own. Byron Buxton brought his energy back to the lineup by extending a single into a double and hitting a stand-up double in the eighth.

Berrios’ Quality Start

After seeing some of the worst pitching of the season throughout the last series, Jose Berrios came in and showed why he is the ace of this ball club. Though this long start was a night late, it still came at a good time as most of the bullpen was able to have another night off.

Though Berrios has been pitching outstanding this year, he hasn’t picked up a win since June 6 solely because of the lack of run support in those games. He had an ERA of 2.65 through seven starts in 44 2/3 innings. Tonight was no different from Berrios, but completely different from the offense.

Berrios was locked in tonight as he gave up only two earned runs, one unearned, through seven innings. He managed to strikeout eight batters, getting five on his four-seam fastball, two with his changeup, and only one on his dirty slider. He also was able to get 17 swinging strikes.

Poppen Continues AAA Success

During a series that no Twins’ pitcher cares to remember, there were three standouts, and all of them were in AAA before the series started. With the bullpen getting worked so much recently, another move happened before today’s game that brought up Sean Poppen for the second time this year.

After the three call-ups from last series gave up just two runs in 9 2/3 innings, Poppen continued their recent success tonight. In his first inning of work, Jose Abreu helped him out by not retouching second base on his way back to first after a fly ball and Rosario tossed it to Schoop to double him up. He then struck out James McCann to end the eighth.

He worked through an easy 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish the game and his second appearance of the year. He got a weak ground ball and struck out the final two batters with his slider.

Poppen’s stuff looked really good, but struggled with his control a little. His fastball has good movement on it and sits around 94-95 MPH and he really likes to use his sinker and sliders. They both have great movement and some White Sox hitters swung at some pitches in the other box.



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#2 MMMordabito

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Posted 25 July 2019 - 09:46 PM

Wow, Nelson Cruz!

Glad he's on my team!
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Posted 25 July 2019 - 10:07 PM

Cruz's homer awesomeness is akin to Thome. Amazing.

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Posted 25 July 2019 - 10:08 PM

That was a satisfying offensive performance. We needed a win like that.

How freaking good is Sano lately. He’s now OPSing .940 over his last 30 (aka, more than a month). For reference, Alex Bregman is OPSing in the neighborhood of the low .920s over the last two years (his best two by far). Alex Rodriguez, Chipper Jones, David Ortiz, Albert Pujols, Vlad Guerrero, Miguel Cabrera, and Edgar Martinez have career OPS in the .930s.

Sano is playing like a superstar right now. Not saying he will, but if he can keep this up, he’s one of the top 5-10 hitters in the league. It sure looks to be for real, though.

Everyone is always so concerned about where he plays defensively. If he keeps hitting like this it doesn’t matter, just get him in the lineup.
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Posted 26 July 2019 - 12:10 AM

Meanwhile, Cleveland never loses.
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Posted 26 July 2019 - 03:14 AM

How did Buxton go 2-4 with 2 doubles and still have a negative value? Did I miss something?

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Posted 26 July 2019 - 03:14 AM

Freaking Cleveland! How in the world do they keep doing this? They're not crushing everyone, just winning by one run every night!

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Posted 26 July 2019 - 05:12 AM

Cruz has been a force this year... I'm quite glad the FO stepped up and signed him.

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Posted 26 July 2019 - 06:10 AM

Sano maturing at the plate.

 

Unfortunately, in the field, he looking like a rookie at 1B. Sure, he will get better, but we're in the playoff hunt and 1B handles the ball a lot.

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Posted 26 July 2019 - 06:23 AM

Finally a good start on the hill for the Twins. 

 

Way to go Jose!

 

Hopefully the next several starters will be able to follow Jose's lead...

Edited by puckstopper1, 26 July 2019 - 06:23 AM.

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Posted 26 July 2019 - 06:48 AM

https://www.nytimes....id=275511920726

 

An article in the NYT about the Bomba squad

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Posted 26 July 2019 - 06:54 AM

Some highlights here. This was kind of a weird game. There was a strange interference call that turned a sure out into basically a leadoff double, but Jose managed to pitch around it. Anyway, all the bombas, Berrios Ks and Buxton doubles are in here if you're interested.

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Posted 26 July 2019 - 06:56 AM

 

Some highlights here. This was kind of a weird game. There was a strange interference call that turned a sure out into basically a leadoff double, but Jose managed to pitch around it. Anyway, all the bombas, Berrios Ks and Buxton doubles are in here if you're interested.

*obstruction call :)

 

This is probably neither here nor there, but as a "ute" i was taught, when caught in a rundown, "run into someone if you get half a chance. You might get the call." 

 

It was close, but I think there's a reasonable argument to be made the call was technically correct. It's on Schoop to get out of the way, by rule.

 

I thought the bigger mistake was to relax when the throw came into second, and assume the play was over. If he plays the play out, takes a quick step towards the baserunner--who had given up--he tags him and the play is over.

 

EDIT: Also, these highlight packages are teh awesome!

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Posted 26 July 2019 - 07:02 AM

 

*obstruction call :)

 

This is probably neither here nor there, but as a "ute" i was taught, when caught in a rundown, "run into someone if you get half a chance. You might get the call." 

 

It was close, but I think there's a reasonable argument to be made the call was technically correct. It's on Schoop to get out of the way.

 

I thought the bigger mistake was to relax when the throw came into second, and assume the play was over. If he plays the play out, takes a quick step towards the baserunner--who had given up--he tags him and the play is over.

 

It was certainly a smart play by the runner, that is what they are taught. 

 

Personally I think the umpire very much bailed him out when he didn't need to though. The runner turned way too far towards the outfield, and reached his arm out to make contact with Schoop. You have 3 feet to establish your new baseline, and I think he went further out than that

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Posted 26 July 2019 - 07:18 AM

 

Freaking Cleveland! How in the world do they keep doing this? They're not crushing everyone, just winning by one run every night!

Terry Francona is a very good manager.

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Posted 26 July 2019 - 07:19 AM

 

How did Buxton go 2-4 with 2 doubles and still have a negative value? Did I miss something?

I was surprised to see this as well, but I suspect WPA takes situational hitting into account. Buxton's two doubles came after the game was essentially out of reach, so there was minimal Win Probability to add to the game. Just a guess though.


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Posted 26 July 2019 - 07:24 AM

 

*obstruction call :)

 

This is probably neither here nor there, but as a "ute" i was taught, when caught in a rundown, "run into someone if you get half a chance. You might get the call." 

 

It was close, but I think there's a reasonable argument to be made the call was technically correct. It's on Schoop to get out of the way, by rule.

 

I thought the bigger mistake was to relax when the throw came into second, and assume the play was over. If he plays the play out, takes a quick step towards the baserunner--who had given up--he tags him and the play is over.

 

EDIT: Also, these highlight packages are teh awesome!

 

I won't argue the call without a tape measure. 

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Posted 26 July 2019 - 07:25 AM

 

Freaking Cleveland! How in the world do they keep doing this? They're not crushing everyone, just winning by one run every night!

They went 14.. hopefully that tires out their pen for a couple days. 

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Posted 26 July 2019 - 07:52 AM

 

Sano maturing at the plate.

 

Unfortunately, in the field, he looking like a rookie at 1B. Sure, he will get better, but we're in the playoff hunt and 1B handles the ball a lot.

Good thing he isnt our starting first baseman huh? 


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Posted 26 July 2019 - 07:59 AM

 

Freaking Cleveland! How in the world do they keep doing this? They're not crushing everyone, just winning by one run every night!

Cleveland has a great bullpen and clutch hitting.




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