Brian Dozier got the game off to a good start with a solo HR to left on the first pitch. Later, Eduardo Escobar hit an RBI double, driving in Joe Mauer. A wild pitch allowed the third run to score, and then Byron Buxton hit an RBI single to right to make it 4-0 going to the bottom of the first. They added 3 more runs on 3 solo homeruns by Dozier (a quiet 2 HR game), Sano, and Escobar to push the lead to 7-0.
This was more than enough for Jose Berrios, who efficiently ousted the Orioles lineup all day. It was a complete game shutout, allowing just 3 hits, 1 walk, while striking out 6. He entered the 9th with a 1-hitter, but Chance Sisco got a bunt hit to break that up. The CGSHO is Berrios’ first of his career, and first for the Twins since Ervin Santana did it last year.
According to Game Score, Jose Berrios just had the best start in Twins history in one of the first five games of a season since Dean Chance in 1968.— Aaron Gleeman (@AaronGleeman) April 1, 2018
Berrios is also the first Twins pitcher to throw a shutout in one of the first five games of a season since Kevin Tapani in 1991.
Jose Berrios (DUH) (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
Brian Dozier - 2 HR (.357)
Joe Mauer - 1-2, 2 BB (.364)
Eduardo Escobar - 2-4, HR, 2 RBI (.333)
NO DUDS TWINS WIN!
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