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Royals 11, Twins 5: Brian Dozier hits three dongs in Twins loss

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Brian Dozier has only hit eight home runs in the past week, including three today. No big deal.

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Brian Dozier hit a home run off the first pitch of today’s game, and he didn’t stop there. He hit another home run in the 3rd inning and yet another in the 8th inning, becoming the seventh Twin to hit three home runs in a game, joining Max Kepler, Justin Morneau, Tony Oliva, Harmon Killebrew, and Bob Allison. By hitting his 36th, 37th, and 38th home runs of the season today, Dozier also became the only Twin besides Harmon Killebrew to hit more than 35 home runs in a season.

That’s impressive.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough. The Twins still lost.

Jose Berrios was called up and started the game for the Twins, and he was.... eh. Okay, I guess, compared to previous starts. He lasted 5 innings and gave up five earned runs with six strikeouts. Tyler Rogers, Pat Light, and Pat Dean all pitched in relief—and all gave up two runs. Joy.

Besides Dozier’s massive bombs, the Twins’ only other RBI was thanks to a sacrifice bunt by Eduardo Escobar in the 4th innings. Eddie Rosario was able to score on that because Royals pitcher Ian Kennedy forgot to cover the plate.

Really, though, this game was all Brian Dozier. Seriously, what has he been eating? Share some with the rest of the team, would ya?

STUDS

Brian Dozier: 3-for-5 with 3 frickin’ home runs, plus some nice defense to boot.

Eddie Rosario: 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored.

Logan Schafer: 2-for-3 with a double.

Alex Wimmers: 1.0 inning pitched, 1 hit, 0 walks, 1 strikeout.

J.T. Chargois: 1,o inning pitched, 0 hits, 1 walk, 1 strikeout.

duds

Joe Mauer: 0-for-4, 1 walk, 1 strikeout.

Eduardo Escobar: 0-for-4, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts.

Tyler Rogers: 0.1 inning pitched, 2 hits, 2 earned runs .

ROBOT ROLL CALL!