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#1 thuuuuney

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Posted 01 May 2020 - 02:56 PM

Catch-Up
After taking down the lead dogs in the majors in the LA Dodgers, the Twins head across town to take on the Halos for a three-game weekend set where we will see the MLB's best player in Mike Trout and most exciting player in Shohei Ohtani (Ohtani will play SP game one and DH in game three).

 

Pre-game
6:50pm

 

Where to watch
Virtual Twins Baseball Network
 

AL Central Standings

1. Minnesota 18-13 
2. Cleveland 19-15 
3. Kansas City 17-15 
4. Chicago 13-19 
5. Detroit 9-23 

 

Starting Pitchers

  • Twins: Jake Odorizzi 1-3, 4.31 ERA, 31.1 IP, 33 K's
  • Angels: Shohei Ohtani 1-1, 7.52 ERA, 26.1 IP, 36 K's

Twins Batting Order

  1. RF Max Kepler .241 BA, 8 HR, 11 RBI
  2. SS Jorge Polanco .275 BA, 4 HR, 19 RBI
  3. C Mitch Garver .290 BA, 8 HR, 15 RBI
  4. DH Nelson Cruz .236 BA, 4 HR, 15 RBI
  5. 1B Miguel Sano .261 BA, 7 HR, 12 RBI
  6. LF Eddie Rosario .238 BA, 3 HR, 12 RBI
  7. 3B Josh Donaldson .279 BA, 2 HR, 11 RBI
  8. 2B Luis Arraez .309 BA, 1 HR, 6 RBI
  9. CF Byron Buxton .237 BA, 5 HR, 11 RBI

Minnesota: 1 of 6 teams in MLB with 8 men or more at 11 RBI's a piece.

 

Angels Batting Order

  1. DH Tommy La Stella .358 BA, 6 HR, 17 RBI
  2. CF Mike Trout .267 BA, 5 HR, 17 RBI
  3. 3B Anthony Rendon .316 BA, 9 HR, 26 RBI
  4. 2B David Fletcher .239 BA, 3 HR, 14 RBI
  5. 1B Albert Pujols* .361 BA, 4 HR, 21 RBI
  6. LF Justin Upton .233 BA, 2 HR, 7 RBI
  7. RF Brian Goodwin .219 BA, 5 HR, 15 RBI
  8. SS Andrelton Simmons .354 BA, 6 HR, 22 RBI
  9. C Jason Castro .230 BA, 6 HR, 11 RBI

*= Albert Pujols: 3rd in AL, Batting Average (.361).

 

Bomba Tracker
- 2019 through 31 games: 55
- 2020: 45

 

Storylines
1. A late resurgence from Albert Pujols has gotten him off to his best start as an Angel since 2012, (.285/30/105), but also added in the mix is an uncharacteristic start from Mike Trout, batting .267 thus far which will bode for some interesting talking points this weekend.
2. For the first time since April Fool's Day, the Twins maintain sole possesion of the AL Central lead. The Twins will lean on Jake Odorizzi, who's been very hit or miss early this year, to try and go on their second 5 game winning streak of the year (Last Time: 3/28/20-4/1/20).
3. The Bomba Squad's spark was lit on the final game of the homestand last Sunday and since then the Twins have homered 7 times in their last 3 games. Meanwhile the stand atop the stacked AL West, leading the "Asterisks," by one game and will look to extend that lead tonight.


#2 thuuuuney

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Posted 02 May 2020 - 10:07 AM

Miss the game? https://www.twitch.tv/videos/608569351

  • Want to skip the pre-game? Time Stamp 18:00

The Twins headed into LA and took on the best team in baseball, toe to toe, and swept them in an early two game set that really proved 2019 was not a fluke, and these Minnesota Twins came here to play. The start of this game made it seem like the good times would never end for Minnesota, who was looking for their second five game winning streak of the year.

The Angels would answer with a Justin Upton HR but this is the Bomba Squad we're talking about, a team who'd homered 7 times in their last 3 games, would continue to add to that total yesterday in a big way.

So for only the second time this season, the Twins go back-to-back and are steering clear of the Halos up 4-1. Rendon would get an RBI single to make it 4-2 but it looked like Odorizzi had things under control. After Ohtani left in the top half of the 5th, Odorizzi was looking to best him. But with two away the Angels would spark a rally and stepping into the box with a chance to put the Halos back in front, was Mike Trout.

The Twins would try, but they were stiffled by a terrific performance by the Angels bullpen for the remainder of the game until the 8th. A leadoff walk to Kepler followed by a walk to Mitch Garver, and the go-ahead run was aboard with nobody out. Polanco retired on a fastball, and then Cruz retired on the slider, and the inning was left to Miguel Sano.

 

Twins (18-14) LOSE 5-4 to the Angels (19-12).

 

Box Score

 

Minnesota

  1. ​Kepler,RF: 0-3, BB .235BA
  2. Polanco,SS: 2-4, R .281BA
  3. Garver,C: 1-2, HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB .294BA (Now HR'd in 3 straight games).
  4. Cruz,DH: 2-4, HR .245BA
  5. Sano,1B: 0-4 3 K's .250BA
  6. Rosario,LF: 1-4, HR .238BA
  7. Donaldson,3B: 0-4 .269BA
  8. Arraez, 2B: 0-3, HBP .298BA
  9. Buxton,CF: 0-4 3 K's .227BA

Batting

HR: Garver (9), Cruz (5), Rosario (4)

RBI: Garver 2 (17), Cruz (16), Rosario (13)

HBP: Arraez (2)

 

Los Angeles

  1. La Stella,DH: 0-4 .341BA
  2. Trout, CF: 2-4, 2B, Go-Ahead 3-Run HR .275BA
  3. Rendon,3B: 3-4 RBI Single .330BA
  4. Fletcher, 2B: 0-4 .231BA
  5. Pujols, 1B: 0-4 .346BA
  6. Upton,LF: 1-4 HR .233BA
  7. Goodwin, RF: 0-3 .212BA
  8. Simmons, SS: 1-2 BB .356BA
  9. Castro,C: 1-3 .233BA

Batting

2B: Trout (5)

HR: Trout (6), Upton (3)

RBI: Trout 3 (20), Rendon (27), Upton (8)

 

Minnesota Pitching

  • Odorizzi (L, 1-4). 5.0IP, 6H, 5ER, 1BB, 5K's 4.95ERA
  • Romero. 3.0IP, 2H, 4K's, 3.44ERA

Los Angeles Pitching

  • Ohtani (W, 2-1). 5.0IP, 6H, 4ER, 1BB, 5K's 7.46ERA
  • Bundy (H,3). 1.1IP 1.41ERA
  • Buchter (H,2). 1.0IP, 1BB, 2K's 2.45ERA
  • Robles (H,5). 0.2IP, 1BB, 2K's 2.25ERA
  • Buttrey (S, 10). 1.0IP, 2K's 6.75ERA

Game two of the series: 5/2 6:00pm http://twitch.tv/thuuuuney

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