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Front Page: Twins Game Recap (8/18): Polanco Leads Twins Over Lynn in Texas

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#1 Cooper Carlson

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Posted 18 August 2019 - 05:08 PM

The Twins stayed as hot as the scorching weather today as they completed the sweep over the Texas Rangers. Martin Perez made his second straight good start and a huge triple from Jorge Polanco led the Twins to the 6-3 win. The division lead remains at 2.5 games and the Twins will host Chicago next.Box Score
Perez: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 65% strikes (65 of 100 pitches)
Bullpen: 4 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

Home Runs: None
Multi-Hit Games: Polanco (2-for-4), Adrianza (2-for-5)

Top 3 WPA: Polanco .426, Castro .162, Gonzalez .130
Bottom 3 WPA: Cron -172, Rosario -.134, Cave -.131

Lance Lynn does Lance Lynn things as Twins take early lead

This game started with the narrative of Lance Lynn pitching against the Twins and Twins fans everywhere wanted to score 30 runs on this guy but he just reminded us of his tenure in Minnesota. The first two innings took him fifty seven pitches to get through and the laboring was caused by rough fielding all around from Texas.

The Twins scored on him immediately on a Kepler walk, Sano single and then an RBI double from Marwin Gonzalez on a ball that had an expected batting average of .120 off the bat. A poorly played ball in left led to an early two-run lead for the Twins.

Marwin continued his insane tear against Texas with this RBI double

Martin Perez has his second straight solid start

For the second straight start, Martin Perez was able to prove he can stay in that fifth spot in the rotation for now. He didn’t have his best control throughout the game, walking four guys and striking out just two while leaving seven on base, but he ultimately got the job done.

He left his long-time home ballpark in line for the win and was noticeably ecstatic while leaving the mound for his last two innings. This will almost certainly be the last game he pitches in this stadium so it was good to see him pitching well.

Texas comes back but Polanco gets the bit hit

In the bottom of the seventh inning, Shin Soo Choo led off the inning with a solo home run to tie the game at three and it wasn’t looking great for the Twins. In case you missed it, or you weren’t sure if it was a home run, this Indians announcer has you covered.

The Twins bounced back in a huge way the next innings. After a single, double and walk to load the bases, Jorge Polanco came up huge with a bases-clearing triple to give the Twins a three-run lead heading into the bottom of the eighth. I decided to continue the new score keeping method on Twitter.

Oh, here is the clutch triple.

Romo and Rogers close out the sweep

The Twins high-leverage relievers once again got the job done. Sergio Romo came in for the eighth, allowed a base runner, but ultimately walked off the mound with the lead and pumped up as always. Taylor Rogers came in for the ninth inning, gave up a couple of hits but ultimately got the save.

The Twins completed the sweep over Texas and held on to their 2.5 game lead in the division. They will welcome the White Sox to Target Field for the next series.

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Posted 18 August 2019 - 05:27 PM

Yesterday was Sunday, August 18.It was the 124th game of the year putting the Twins 77% of the way through the season.The Twins hit 0 home runs keeping their record-breaking season total at 240 home runs.They are now only 27 home runs behind the single-season MLB record.

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Posted 18 August 2019 - 05:34 PM

Nice job by Romo after the 2-base Polanco error. He's got grit. Littell getting it done.
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Posted 18 August 2019 - 05:44 PM

A four game sweep against a mediocre team on the road in a sweltering hellhole of a city.

I’ll take it.
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Posted 18 August 2019 - 05:47 PM

It stings to look back at that second Brewers game and realize the Twins were *this close* to a 6-0 road trip.
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Posted 18 August 2019 - 05:51 PM

What can you say? Every game gave us something to complain about, but in the end the positives outweighed the negatives and the outcome was in the Twins favor.


A 5-1 week was just what the doctor ordered.


The next 13 games are against the White Sox and Tigers. Time to make some hay.

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Posted 18 August 2019 - 05:54 PM

Don't over look the Tigers. They will beat you 30% of the time.

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Posted 18 August 2019 - 05:58 PM

Sweep! I really thought we had a good chance to dominate the Rangers who were "pie in the sky" dreamers at the deadline. They could have landed a couple of very good prospects from the Twins had they been willing to let Minor come to the Twins. Their plan to get back in the playoff race by taking out the Twins backfired.


Saying Romo allowed a base-runner is a bit cheeky. Polanco had his mandatory errant throw to put that base-runner on. His huge hit makes the error easy to overlook, but this is a trend that won't play well against better teams. The error thing is becoming problematic.


Without Gallo in the line-up, the Rangers lack firepower. I'd rather face Danny Santana and Choo-choo than Joey Gallo any day of the week.

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Posted 18 August 2019 - 06:02 PM

Keep rotating that pen! Ease up on the back to backs I think we've got the depth now to glide through this portion of the schedule with our boot on the tribe's neck. no I'm serious.
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Posted 18 August 2019 - 06:04 PM

It's been a rough season for bases-loaded performance, but the past few games have included a couple of clutch hits in that situation.

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If your attack appears to be going well, then you're in an ambush.

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Posted 18 August 2019 - 06:18 PM

It's been a rough season for bases-loaded performance, but the past few games have included a couple of clutch hits in that situation.

It was bound to equal out in time but it’d still be nice to see a team that launches moonshots at a historic pace manage to occasionally do it with the bases juiced.
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Posted 18 August 2019 - 06:22 PM

In my memory Texas was a team that often had the Twins' number - to sweep them 4 games in Texas - speechless. I think the Twins pretty much destroyed any wild-card dreams they had, and the crowd in the videos I watched seemed to say the same.



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Posted 18 August 2019 - 06:29 PM

Hopefully the twins can tear through the next 13 games and come out the other side with a comfortable lead again.

I’ll save nail biter games for October, thankyouverymuch!
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Posted 18 August 2019 - 06:34 PM


It stings to look back at that second Brewers game and realize the Twins were *this close* to a 6-0 road trip.


Eyes straight ahead sir. 


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Posted 18 August 2019 - 06:50 PM

Finally taking care of business.

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Posted 18 August 2019 - 07:03 PM

Can I call him Zach "Legit-ell?"  The FO's plan to make these guys look over their shoulders at Brusdar and Jorge seems to be working.  Bullpen doesn't seem half bad when Duffey and May are dealing.


Still, the odds of this team winning a 1-0 playoff game seem kind of slim.  Bludgeon away, boys.

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Posted 18 August 2019 - 07:12 PM

I hate watching Lance Lynn pitch...unless it is against the Twins.  

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Posted 18 August 2019 - 07:36 PM

Seems like this Twins team is better on the road. And it appears they’ve won 8 more games on the road... not sure why.

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Posted 18 August 2019 - 08:20 PM

Sergio Romo is must-see TV.

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Posted 18 August 2019 - 08:21 PM


Sergio Romo is must-see TV.


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