Sometimes baseball is a tough customer. The Twins have 9 hits, a walk, and score no runs in a 3-0 win by Toronto. The Twins would ground into FOUR double plays and take themselves out of rallies all game and get shutout for the first time this year.
The game wasn't all bad as Odorizzi gets his #1000 career strikeout, but in a season lacking consistent efforts, the Twins are again handed a tough loss. After going on a five game winning streak from March 28th- April 1st, the Twins have gone 4-6 since April Fools day.
Where to watch.
Toronto: Tanner Roark 3-0. 1.59 ERA, 22.2IP, 14 K's
Minnesota: Homer Bailey 0-1, 1.62 ERA, 16.2IP, 12 K's
Minnesota Batting Order
- RF Max Kepler .190 BA, 3 HR, 6 RBI
- SS Jorge Polanco .293 BA, 2 HR, 11 RBI
- 3B Josh Donaldson .308 BA, 2 HR, 5 RBI
- C Mitch Garver .315 BA, 4 HR, 9 RBI
- DH Nelson Cruz .269 BA, 2 HR, 10 RBI
- LF Eddie Rosario .311 BA, 3 HR, 10 RBI
- 1B Miguel Sano .212 BA, 3 HR, 6RBI
- 2B Luis Arraez .260 BA, 1 HR, 3 RBI
- CF Byron Buxton .232 BA, 3 HR, 4 RBI
Broadcaster Prediction: The Bomba squad has been off to a rough start and I think the tide shifts today. Josh Donaldson after a rough game yesterday will look to have a comeback game against his former club.
Toronto Batting Order
- SS Bo Bichette .284 BA, 1 HR, 6 RBI
- 2B Cavan Biggio .167 BA, 1 HR, 2 RBI
- DH Lourdes Gurriel Jr..281 BA, 4 HR, 7 RBI
- 3B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. .344 BA, 1 HR, 10 RBI
- 1B Travis Shaw .261 BA, 2 HR, 6 RBI
- RF Teoscar Hernandez .364 BA, 3 HR, 14 RBI
- LF Billy McKinney .282 BA, 4 HR, 7 RBI
- CF Derek Fisher .148 BA, 2 HR, 3 RBI
- C Danny Jensen .211 BA, 0 HR, 0 RBI
**= Teoscar HernandezT-2th in AL RBI, (16).
- 2020: 24
- 2019 through 16 games: 26
1. After being shutout for the first time this year, Rocco is bringing all hands on deck. Miguel Sano and Mitch Garver are back in the lineup as the Twins look to even the series in the battle for the north.
2. With Jose Berrios and Jake Odorizzi off to uncharacteristic starts, the Twins have gotten very good pitching from the back half of the rotation. Namely the newly acquired Jhouyls Chacin, (3 starts, all have been Quality Starts) and Homer Bailey, tooting the teams lowest qualified ERA, have been superb here in April. The Twins will lean on Homer Bailey today to try and give this depleted bullpen a day off.
3. With the bullpen being heavily taxed, the Twins have made their first roster move of the year. Willians Astudillo is being sent down to AAA to bring up the starter Fernando Romero (3.21 ERA in 18IP)in the hopes he can help spell one of the highest used bullpens in baseball early in April.