Both starters (Dallas Keuchel and Jake Odorizzi) agreed they hated accuracy and had very hard times throwing strikes, walking a completely exaggerated 400 billion people. In fact, Jake Odoriferous walked the first batter of his first 3 innings, but thanks to some timely double plays, only one of those walks would haunt.
The Twins first started with a reversed call that gave Brian Dozier and infield single. Joe Mauer then walked as he tends to do. Miguel Sano managed to advance them over with a productive out, which allowed Eduardo Escobar to produce his own out (productively) with a sac fly. Robbie Grossman, never one to follow a fad, just hit a double to bring in Mauer.
In the bottom of the second Mitch Garver and Byron Buxton led off with back-to-back singles. Spring training heart-throb Ryan Lamarre then struck out. Brian Dozier walked (that might keep happening.) and with the bases loaded with Twinkies, Joe Mauer literally just stood there for 5 pitches and then strolled to first base with a well-earned RBI.
In the 4th, Jake Hors d’oeuvre broke his promise to Keuchel and stopped walking so many people. Keuchel’s 4th would be his last inning as he had already thrown 101 pitches. That’s a lot of pitches for 4 innings.
The rest of the game proceeded at a considerably breezy pace. Brian Dozier would walk 3 more times for funsies. Mauer would inch closer to his 2,000th hit with 2 hits, including one in the 8th that drove in Garver for the final run of the game.
Real-life closer Fernando Rodney got 3 out of the 4 guys he faced out in the 9th, securing the win. He then fired an imaginary arrow into the sky, perhaps ruining the day of an imaginary duck.
Jake Odoreater earned his first Win in a Twins uniform, while Minnesota rises to 5-4 on the season.
Brian Dozier: 1/1 with 4 walks and a few stellar plays in the infield.
Joe Mauer: 2 for 3 with 2 walks and 2 RBIs. He’s hitting .407 right now and I like to imagine that means anything.
Ryan Pressly, Zach Duke and Fernando Rodney: One scoreless inning apiece.
Miguel Sano: 0/5 with TEN runners left on base. (The Twins in total left 23 on which is not optimal.)
NO OTHER DUDS TWINS WIN!
ROBOT ROLL CALL!
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Congratulations SooFoo, you talk even more than I do! Sorry to Joel, no comment of the day for you! The people have spoken.
Have a nice night and/or morning!