Berríos: 6.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K
Home Run(s): None
Bottom 3 WPA: Rogers -.232, Alcala -.178, Cruz -.169
Win Probability Chart (via FanGraphs)
Coming off of an off-day, the Minnesota Twins were hoping to get back on the right foot as they kicked off a 4-game series with Cleveland on Thursday night, leaning on their ace José Berríos to get them a much needed win.
Berríos did all that he could for the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night and he was masterful, tossing 6.1 innings and allowing just 1 run while striking out 9, tied for his second-highest strikeout total on the season. Berríos had Cleveland guessing all night, inducing 12 swings-and-misses, leaning heavily on his curveball to put Cleveland batters away.
The only damage that Berríos allowed on the night came in the second inning when Berríos allowed a walk and a single to start the inning before an RBI single from Austin Hedges. After that, Berríos allowed some spot singles, but always prevented damage and didn’t allow a single extra base hit all night.
Unfortunately for Berríos, the Minnesota Twins offense provided no support on the other side of the ball, contributing their only run of the game in the first inning when Luis Arraez scored on a wild pitch.
On the night, the Twins offense only mustered 5 singles and a 9th inning double from Jorge Polanco. With an offense that was finally close to full strength with Donaldson, Kepler, and Arraez all in the fold, it was an especially disheartening performance from the offense which showed no life all night.
Despite the lackluster performance from the Twins’ offense, Berríos kept the Twins in the game as the Twins entered the 8th inning tied 1-1 with Jorge Alcala on the mound for the Twins. Cleveland wasted no time getting to Alcala, though, as Cleveland smacked back-to-back singles off the right hander and 2 batters later Taylor Rogers came into the game with the bases loaded and one out. From there, Eddie Rosario broke the game open in his return to target field with a 2 RBI single followed by another RBI single from Bobby Bradley to give Cleveland a 4-1 lead that would hold through the end of the game.
The loss for the Twins brings their record to 31-43, again falling to last place in the American League Central and 13 games back of the Chicago White Sox.
Eddie’s Eventful Return
In typical Eddie Rosario fashion, his return to Target Field was not short on drama.
Although he knocked in the game-winning runs for Cleveland, the most memorable moment from Eddie’s return to Target Field was his unbelievable baserunning gaffe in the top of the 6th inning. Or maybe not so unbelievable if you’ve paid attention to Eddie Rosario’s career.
Bullpen Usage Chart
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