Adalberto Mejia had nowhere to go but up in his second big-league start. Technically, he could have not escaped the first, but Mejia disappointed the fatalists. He pitched five solid innings of 1-run ball on a damp Minneapolis night and gave the Twins a chance to win.
Which they did not, as a solo Matt Davidson dong in the 7th off Ryan Pressley propelled the Whities to a 2-1 win.
Dylan Covey matched Mejia’s performance plus an out, with both pitchers allowing runs on RBI groundouts (Jason Castro for Minnesota, Jose Abreu for Chicago). I have no idea if these were solid nights from either pitcher or if it was just a miserable night that made bat-swinging uninviting. But there’s been enough bad pitching in terrible weather from the Minnesota Twins in recent years that choosing to be heartened by Mejia’s performance is valid.
When the games went to the bullpens, Minnesota’s made one mistake. Chicago’s made less than that. They were aided by a terrible baserunning decision by Brian Dozier, who turned a 6th-inning double into an easy out by going for a triple like a guy with bad hair instead of good hair. The Twins wasted their review on the play, too, but whatever.
They’re still 6-4 and Mejia looked good. Celebrate competency.
STUDS: Mejia, Covey, Davidson.
DUDS: Pressley, the weather, the Minnesota Wild offense, the stupid fucking red jerseys.
BUXWATCH: Didn’t get a hit, but only struck out once.
ROBOT ROLL CALL
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