I'm kind of glad there was no TV for this one. Jose Berrios had a
berry very bad outing. He gave up two runs in the 1st and another four in the 2nd. After giving up a single and a walk in the 3rd, his day was done. I was really hoping "La MaKina ("The Machine" in Spanish but spelled with a "K" instead of "maquina") didn't mean a pitching machine. Berrios gave up eight hits in all, with three ER and a walk while striking out one.
Kennys Vargas hit a solo HR in the bottom of the 2nd to put the Twins on the board.
Max Kepler doubled in Juan Centeno and Robbie Grossman in the 3rd to make it a close game with the Twins down 6-3.
Buddy Boshers came in in the 5th and gave up another six runs, including loading up the bases and hitting George Springer for an RBI and a 3-run homer by Carlos Correa. Astros 12, Twins 3 at that point
Twins still had a little fight in them and Kepler hit a sac fly to right field to score Brian Dozier and Kennys Vargas stroked his second dong of the game with Joe Mauer on to make it 12-6.
Taylor Rogers came in to throw a little gasoline on the raging dumpster fire. He walked the first two batters he faced and then threw a wild pitch that scored a run. Another two Astros runs would score on an RBI single.
Eduardo Escobar, the Twins utility SS and emergency catcher, got a new job title to add to his resume: relief pitcher. After giving up a single he managed to induce the next three batters to fly out, although a diving catch by Kepler helped. He threw a 90 mph 4-seamer and also has a cutter and a curve ball in his repertoire.
Dozier hit an RBI double to make it 15-7 Astros and mercifully the game ended.
W: Fister, (11-7) 7.0 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
L: Berrios, (2-3) 2.0 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Escobar, Twins latest pitching phenom, 2 for 4 batting
Vargas, 2 for 5, 2 HR, 3 RBI
Kepler, 3 RBI, great catch
Tonkin, 2.0 IP, 3 K
Berrios, looked bad from the get-go. 2.0 IP 8 H, 5 ER
Boshers, 6 H, 6 ER and a BB over 1.1 IP
Rogers, 3 runs without getting an out
Rosario, 0 fer 4
ROBOT ROLL CALL!
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Escobar gets a standing ovation after he got the 3rd out! pic.twitter.com/qJ0wrUtFGT— Bert Blyleven (@BertBlyleven28) August 11, 2016
Buddy Boshers put on the DL with shoulder inflammation, Andrew Albers called up.
New gamethread up around 5-ish