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#1 Nate Palmer

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Posted 05 August 2019 - 09:33 PM

With both the Minnesota Twins and the Atlanta Braves owning first place in their respective divisions, Monday night’s opening game of a three-game series brought back plenty of memories of the 1991 World Series. So much so that Dick Bremer brought to the booth his cufflinks from that World Series-winning season. At least for tonight we saw the same result as in ‘91 as the Twins won in walk-off fashion, 5-3.Box Score
Jake Odorizzi: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 60.6% strikes (66 of 109 pitches)
Bullpen: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Home Runs: Max Kepler (31), Miguel Sano (19)
Multi-Hit Games: Luis Arraez (2-for-4)

Top 3 WPA: Sano (.433), May (.255), Odorizzi (.247)
Bottom 3 WPA: Duffey (-.131), Cave (-.093), Harper (-.089)

Odorizzi started the game with two straight strikeouts giving the impression early on that being pushed back a day in favor of Devin Smeltzer on Sunday might pay off in big ways for the Twins. Although quickly the walks started to pile up and so did the pitch count causing everyone to wonder how long the starter would last.

While Odrizzi’s pitch count piled up, for the other side Mike Soroka was dealing to start the game, flying perfectly through the Twins lineup the first time through. Soroka came into the game with the lowest home run rate by a starter. And it took the most anti-Bomba way for the Bomba squad to get a hit and eventually score.

In the fourth inning recent Bomba leader Nelson Cruz reached on an infield hit with two outs, followed by an outfield hit by Eddie Rosario, and another infield hit by Marwin Gonzalez. It was then none other than rookie Luis Arraez who slapped a hit to left field to score Cruz and Rosario to put the Twins up 2-0.

Freddie Freeman and Max Kepler traded home runs bringing the game to 3-1 score. Then a defensively sloppy seventh inning resulted in Acuna reaching, advancing to second on a passed ball, and scoring on a ball that got past Jake Cave in the outfield. Then an RBI single by Josh Donaldson tied the game at 3-3 midway through the seventh.

Then in the eighth and ninth innings Trevor May slammed the door shut on the Braves with straight heat as he hit 99.8 mph on the gun. All of which set the stage for Miguel Sano. With two outs and Arraez standing on first Sano hit his 19th home run to center field that was such a no doubter Acuna was running to the visitors dugout before it even landed.



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Posted 05 August 2019 - 09:34 PM

I like how the game chart suddenly jumps upwards and hits the ceiling, kind of like Sano's launch angle.

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Posted 05 August 2019 - 09:38 PM

I didn't read the article. I just went to the Sano video and played it over and over again. 

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Posted 05 August 2019 - 09:38 PM

Yesterday was Monday, August 5.It was the 112nd game of the year putting the Twins 69% of the way through the season. The Twins hit 2 home runs giving them a total of 219 home runs for the season and on a pace to hit 317 home runs this season.  The 2019 Twins rank 3rd on the all-time list of Twins' home runs in one season. They are now only 7 home runs away from becoming the Twins single-season record holder and are only 48 home runs behind the single-season MLB record.The next Twins team to pass is the 1964 team that hit 221 home runs.

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Posted 05 August 2019 - 09:44 PM

A hearty thanks to Mr Acuña for a very classy reaction to that home run. Little things like that make a memorable game stick in your mind. :)

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Posted 05 August 2019 - 09:46 PM

 

I didn't read the article. I just went to the Sano video and played it over and over again. 

Heh, me, too

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Posted 05 August 2019 - 09:48 PM

Always liked Sano. Great job by May. Arreaz is a keeper.
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Posted 05 August 2019 - 10:06 PM

Aaand we'llseeyou...tomorrownight! (also the following afternoon)

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Posted 05 August 2019 - 10:11 PM

Every win without Buxton feels like house money. Somebody needs to tell Jake Cave to quit trying be a hero out in the field. Don't need to replace Byron, just play clean baseball. 

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Posted 05 August 2019 - 10:12 PM

Couldn't join the thread tonight but wish I could have. Great game! Odorizzi was quality, May started to look like the guy want him to be think he could be and seemed to be flashing again before that recent bad stretch. (Harper didn't have it tonight, but it happens). The offense did a little bit of everything, including Sano's amazing BOMBA. The BA is still a little low, of course but Sano had built a bit of a hole for himself in that regard. But he has been looking like a very different player after that truly ugly stretch he had in June. I sure hope some of the doubts and bashing are beginning to fall away. Sure seems like they have. Oh, BTW, the Twins are a very, very good baseball team.
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Posted 05 August 2019 - 10:13 PM

Not having Buck for 2-3 weeks (not sure on time) hurts in the field, despite Kepler being adequate in CF, but adding Jake Cave in RF maximizes his absence and is a clear negative.  Add in his futility this year at the plate, and that is a week spot.

 

Guessing we see Marwin there the next two games.

 

Big win.  Big bomb.


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Posted 05 August 2019 - 10:18 PM

Sano, May, Arraez = Good

Cave = Bad

 

I'm getting sick of seeing Cave in the outfield. Bring up De Aza. 

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Posted 05 August 2019 - 10:29 PM

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I sometimes check out the oppo team's sbn board, just to see how their fans are reacting- and maybe, just maybe, for a little chuckle of schadenfreude. 

 

True to form. Of course, just like folks we know (and are), they're kvetching about their recent bullpen acquisitions not paying off, and I got another chortle about one fan's musing that Twins fans must also be cursing their bullpen for giving up the lead. (True dat).

 

But one thing that I appreciate so much about this board- once Arraez got that bloop, F-bombs everywhere, and after the Sano blast, some of them started personally sniping at each other, going so far as to cut and paste weeks-old posts to rub stuff in someone's face. 

 

I look at this place as one refuge where fans can bitch and moan and celebrate together-without resorting to personal beefs, and keyboard warriors are not something we have to deal with. (That's what twitter's for). My kudos to the admin's, and to the people on this board itself.

 

I gotta say, these past few days-- my country is grieving and tearing itself apart, and Hong Kong where I live, is literally tearing itself apart. It's incredibly scary here right now; yesterday and last night were some of the worst hours of my life. I needed this couple hours of respite for my very soul today. I'm happy for the Twins win. And I'm happy to share it with folks like you.

 

Thanks.

 

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Posted 05 August 2019 - 10:54 PM

"I look at this place as one refuge where fans can bitch and moan and celebrate together-without resorting to personal beefs, and keyboard warriors are not something we have to deal with. (That's what twitter's for). My kudos to the admin's, and to the people on this board itself.

 

I gotta say, these past few days-- my country is grieving and tearing itself apart, and Hong Kong where I live, is literally tearing itself apart. It's incredibly scary here right now; yesterday and last night were some of the worst hours of my life. I needed this couple hours of respite for my very soul today. I'm happy for the Twins win. And I'm happy to share it with folks like you."

 

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Happy with the outcome.

Our staff allows 4 walks, at least one was a lead-off (thankfully erased in DP).Theirs?1.

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Repeat - Happy with the outcome."Let it Sano."

 

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Posted 05 August 2019 - 11:08 PM

 

I didn't read the article. I just went to the Sano video and played it over and over again. 

 

I'm looping both Sano and May videos. It sure beats watching Sano flail and strike out for the umpteenth time on a ball in the dirt with the winning run on base- or watching May walk the #8 and #9 hitters and forced to groove pitches to top-of-the-order opponent hitters- to the point that he has been in pitcher purgatory for most of the last month.

 

Two of this season's biggest up-and-down whipping boys actually stepped up and carried the team across the finish line to an unlikely victory. If these two key cogs have truly turned the corner and consistently get it done in the late innings, this team suddenly gets 25% more dangerous heading towards the playoffs.

 

One of the top 10 games this year.

Edited by jokin, 05 August 2019 - 11:12 PM.

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Posted 05 August 2019 - 11:13 PM

My cousin was at the game tonight. She was gifted two seats above the visitors dugout by a random stranger. This is the second time this has happened. First, wtf.

Second, she sent me a video she took of the Sano BOMBA. It was loudAF. Amazing.

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Posted 05 August 2019 - 11:27 PM

This might be Cave's last chance to show something with the Twins. He really needs to start being a productive player as Rooker is probably ready for a call up, with Kirilloff/Larnach not far behind. 

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Posted 05 August 2019 - 11:29 PM

 

This might be Cave's last chance to show something with the Twins. He really needs to start being a productive player as Rooker is probably ready for a call up, with Kirilloff/Larnach not far behind. 

 

Rooker hasn't played in 3 weeks, gonna take some time to get in a groove once he's healthy enough to take the field again.

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Posted 05 August 2019 - 11:33 PM

 

Rooker hasn't played in 3 weeks, gonna take some time to get in a groove once he's healthy enough to take the field again.

 

That's why I suspect this is Cave's last chance. If Rooker were healthy now I suspect he would be on a pretty short leash. With Rooker out, he basically has until he gets back to make his case.

Edited by twins_89, 05 August 2019 - 11:33 PM.

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Posted 05 August 2019 - 11:43 PM

My cousin was at the game tonight. She was gifted two seats above the visitors dugout by a random stranger. This is the second time this has happened. First, wtf.
Second, she sent me a video she took of the Sano BOMBA. It was loudAF. Amazing.

Please share!
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