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  • Astros 11, Twins 3: Astros Dominate Young Twins in Suspended Game


    Thiéres Rabelo

    Over 19 hours after it started, the second game of the Twins-Astros series mercifully came to an end. Tornado warnings and an impressive storm in the Twin Cities area on Wednesday night caused the suspension of the game after just three innings. On Thursday afternoon, the game finished in a decisive fashion. The final game of the series will begin in approximately 30 minutes. 

    Image courtesy of Bruce Kluckhohn, USA TODAY Sports

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    Box Score
    Starting Pitcher: Chris Archer, 3.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K (75 pitches, 42 strikes, 56%)
    Home Runs: none
    Win Probability Chart (via FanGraphs)

     

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    Offense shows some encouraging signs early, but Archer can't come through
    Apparently, not having to face Justin Verlander makes a huge difference – who knew? Contrary to Tuesday night, when Minnesota’s first hit of the game came only in the eighth inning, the bats were off to a good start early. Max Kepler doubled to deep right in the Twins’ second at-bat of the game and scored moments later when Jorge Polanco hit a double to the right corner.

    Starting this game with a couple of good, extra-base hits was a relief for this offense. The Twins hadn’t scored a run since the third inning of the final game of the Oakland series. Polanco hit an RBI single on Sunday, and the Twins went on to hit .137 since.

    But the Twins needed their starting pitcher to pick up as well, and that didn’t come close to happening tonight. Making his sixth start of the season, Chris Archer hadn’t given up more than two runs in any of his previous five starts, but things were about to change.

    After a long 1-2-3 first inning, Archer struggled with his command and very quickly gave up the Twins' one-run lead. Yordan Álvarez and Yuli Gurriel hit back-to-back singles to open the second inning, and both of them scored later on, on a sac fly and a single.

    José Altuve hit a leadoff home run to right to open the third, and then things definitely spiraled out of control for Archer. He gave up back-to-back walks after the home run, then loaded the bases with a two-out walk to Kyle Tucker. Jeremy Peña hit a liner to right to score two more runs, making it 5-1 Houston. That concluded Archer’s night, making it the fourth consecutive game in which a Twins starter pitches four innings or less.

    A storm breaks out, and the game gets suspended, set to resume on Thursday
    A Royce Lewis single to lead off the bottom of the third brought some hope that the Twins could build some momentum offensively, with the top of the order coming next. But José Urquidy retired the side on 13 pitches to end the threat and… the night at Target Field.

    Before the fourth inning started, with Yennier Cano warming up to make his big league debut, a storm broke out, and the game went into a weather delay. Fans were evacuated from the stands into the concourses and had to wait until the announcement of the game suspension came, roughly one hour after the interruption of the game.

    Here we go again... 
    After a 15-hour weather delay (aka, suspended game), the Twins and Astros resumed play at 12:10. 

    Big-League Debuts 
    Technically, Yennier Cano made his MLB debut on Wednesday night because he was announced. However, the reality is that he actually made his MLB debut when the game resumed on Thursday. Cano, who had all night to think about it, was impressive. He struck out the first batter he faced, catcher Martin Maldanado. Then he got Jose Altuve and Michael Brantley quickly. In the fifth inning, he got through Alex Bregman, Yordan Alvarez and Yuli Guerriel without breaking a sweat.

    He went out for a third inning. Kyle Tucker hit a high home run over the wall in right field to lead off the sixth frame. He got one out in that inning but after a couple of singles, Cody Stashak came on and allowed both inherited runners to score. So in his 2 1/3 innings, he was charged with three runs on three hits. That line is so much worse than how Cano performed. 

    The Twins had a second player make his MLB debut in the game too. When play resumed, Gilberto Celestino had moved from left to center field. Mark Contreras took over in left field. Contreras came to the plate with runners on first and third and nobody out. He swung at the first pitch and hit a ball 105 mph to center. It was caught just in front of the warning track, but the run scored, so Contreras was awarded an RBI on the sacrifice fly. In his next at-bat, Contreras saw a handful of pitches before hitting a bounding grounder up the middle. Astros shortstop Jeremy Pena misplayed it for an error. Contreras later came around to score a run too. His final at-bat ended with a fielder's choice. 

    The Twins are off to a very nice start to their season, but playing against a strong, veteran Astros team without Carlos Correa, and with young pitchers, was always going to be a bit of a reality check. Again, consider the amount of MLB time and at-bats that Alex Kirilloff, Jose Miranda, Gilberto Celestino, Royce Lewis, Mark Contreras, and even Ryan Jeffers have. Yet each of them contributed something in this game and are holding their own. So, you can say it's a reality check to see the Twins lose by a big margin, and that's fair. You can also be really excited about the future of this club, not only this year when Correa and Byron Buxton are back at full strength but for years to come. Along with the pitching pipeline that we are starting to see contribute to the Twins, there are hitters too. It's also OK to acknowledge both. 

    Speaking of firsts... 
    Nick Gordon has played all over the place since joining the Twins last summer. On Thursday, he made his pitching debut. The son of the former All-Star and long-time reliever Tom Gordon, Nick came in to face the Astros with the Twins down 11-3. And, he kept the score right there. For the most part, he lobbed in pitches at 70 mph or so. That said, he hit 87 with one pitch and 88 with another. He got a little help from Gio Urshela, but threw a scoreless frame. 

    What’s Next?
    In approximately 30 minutes, Josh Winder (1.61 ERA) will try to snap the sequence of bad starts as he takes the mound for the third and final game of this series, facing Luis Garcia (3.45 ERA).

    Postgame Interview
    No postgame interviews due to the quick turn-around. 

    Bullpen Usage Spreadsheet

     

      SUN MON TUE WED THU TOT
                 
    Stashak 34 0 0 0 46 80
    Cotton 0 0 58 0 0 58
    Cano 0 0 0 0 36 36
    Coulombe 0 0 29 IL IL 29
    Pagán 28 0 0 0 0 28
    Thielbar 20 0 3 0 0 23
    Smith 12 0 0 0 0 12
    Duffey 9 0 0 0 0 9
    Duran 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jax 0 0 0 0 0 0

     

     

     

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    What a lesson - part 2 of the Astros graduate course on how to play baseball and Dusty taught our managers too if they were watching.  Maybe we can get game three, but regardless the Astros leave behind some strong ideas - like hitting singles, stealing bases, hit and run, and then clobber the ball over the fence.  Field well, make smart plays!  Nicely done.

    I am impressed with Lewis and Celestino - not so much Gary Sanchez and Urshela  and why was Jeffers a DH?  Sanchez - 195, Jeffers 203 and Urshela 222.  

    I feel for Cano - Stashek should have the runs added to his ERA.  Asking Cano for three innings was a push.

    Well on to game three, the Astros are probably tired from running bases and we should be able to get to them - Go Winder!  I do have hope that Winder is for real and will not give in to the tough lineup he will face. 

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    Tough game and the Twins are trending more towards a rebuild due to injuries and so forth than looking like they belong on the same field as Houston. Hopefully, the bats come alive and Winder pitches well this afternoon. It is a long season and the team will go in many directions at times during these months.

    On another somewhat related note, it is total b.s. that MLB teams can/do carry 14 pitchers and then resort to using a hitter as a pitcher. Baseball needs to return to 25 person rosters and set  the days a player must stay down in the minor leagues at a minimum of 15 days.

     

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    6 minutes ago, mikelink45 said:

    What a lesson - part 2 of the Astros graduate course on how to play baseball and Dusty taught our managers too if they were watching.  Maybe we can get game three, but regardless the Astros leave behind some strong ideas - like hitting singles, stealing bases, hit and run, and then clobber the ball over the fence.  Field well, make smart plays!  Nicely done.

    Not sure what Baker did in that game to illustrate out-managing anyone. Twins had lots of singles. The Astros didn't steal any bases or hit-and-run... and they had one wind-aided home run. The Astros had more errors in that game, and I can't recall the Twins messing up any plays. In fact, they made some really nice plays. 

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    That's going to be a fun father-son pitching combo trivia question for Nick Gordon. Dee Strange-Gordon also pitched an inning in MLB for the first time this season. I doubt there are very many players who pitched in MLB who also have two sons who pitched in MLB. I think the only other I saw was Mel Stottlemyre.

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    4 hours ago, Seth Stohs said:

    Not sure what Baker did in that game to illustrate out-managing anyone. Twins had lots of singles. The Astros didn't steal any bases or hit-and-run... and they had one wind-aided home run. The Astros had more errors in that game, and I can't recall the Twins messing up any plays. In fact, they made some really nice plays. 

    I am talking the series, not one game - in game one Baker used all his tools.  Would I take him over Rocco?  You bet.

     

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    Why push Cano for a third inning? Well, with sttarters seldom going more than five, I guess ALL relief pitchers have to be able to now pitch at least two innings, if not more.

    Maybe the Twins NEED to use the opener logic for some of their pitchers! Have guys like Archer come in and face the bottom of the order to start their day.

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    2 minutes ago, Rosterman said:

    Why push Cano for a third inning? Well, with sttarters seldom going more than five, I guess ALL relief pitchers have to be able to now pitch at least two innings, if not more.

    Maybe the Twins NEED to use the opener logic for some of their pitchers! Have guys like Archer come in and face the bottom of the order to start their day.

    Hmm, back in the day when sports figures were critisized for being boozing party-hardy dudes, they pitched 9-11-13 or more innings, with rarely more than two pitchers in a game, some times pitching two days in a row.

    While home runs 470-500 feet were not rare either, so were low digit one run games.

    I guess these gym ritual, healthy young dudes just have the bloom off of the rose early nowadays.🥲

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