Ervin Santana bounced back from his worst start of 2017, Miguel Sano continued to stroke dongs, and the Twins took game one of a weekender against the AL Central favorites by a score of 1-0.
Santana pitched a mostly strong seven innings, with five walks being the only real blemish (he gave up just two hits while striking out four). Cleveland’s best chance to score was the fifth, when they loaded the bases with two outs. Edwin Encarnacion lined a bullet to center, which is where Byron Buxton plays, so that was that.
Josh Tomlin was every bit Santana’s equal, going eight solid innings and striking out six. The difference is that Tomlin had to pitch to Miguel Sano, who continued his remarkable start to the season with another opposite field home run in the top of the first inning. The solo dong was the only run the Twins would score.
That proved to be enough, as the Twins bullpen closed out the game, with Brandon Kintzler showing no real trauma from Thursday’s 5-out save and earning his ninth save of the year.
STUDS: Santana, Sano.
DUDS: Cleveland’s offense.
And with that, we tuck the kids in for a blessed Berrios Eve, in anticipation of a beautiful and joyous Berrios Day.
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Enjoy your weekend, everybody.