After a two-week skid, the Twins front office decided to take a chance on top pitching prospect Fernando Romero. The rookie did not let them down as he pitched a solid 5.2 scoreless innings, giving up just 4 hits, while walking 3 and striking out 5. It’s not that Romero pitched flawlessly, he got into some jams in the 2nd, 4th, and 5th, but was able to keep his composure and keep the Jays off the board.
Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman pitched his best game by far this year, surrendering 2 runs in 7 IP . The first run coming on an Eddie Rosario home run in the 2nd, and the second run a bases loaded RBI single by Max Kepler in the 3rd.
With two outs in the 6th and approaching 100 pitches, Romero issued a walk and was done for the day.
From there a Twins bullpen combination of Trevor Hildenberger, Zach Duke, Addison Reed, and Fernando Rodney did a great job keeping the Blue Jays in check, allowing only 2 hits and no walks combined.
The Twins added a couple insurance runs in the 9th, including a bases loaded walk taken by Gregorio Petit to seal the deal and give Fernando Romero the win in his first MLB appearance.
Fernando Romero (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
Eddie Rosario (2-4, HR)
Eduardo Escobar (2-4, 2B)
Joe Mauer (2-4)
Gregario Petit (1-3, RBI BB)
Duds: No Duds Twins Win!!
And Fernando......not gonna lie.....I’m kinda falling for you (as a pitcher of course)
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Comment of the Game:
Joel Hernandez: “Pls clap”