Today the Twins, looking to avoid a sweep, turned to Jake Odorizzi to give them a chance to win, and that’s exactly what he did.
The Twins had a tough time scoring against Junior Guerra, but finally broke through in the 5th inning. Byron Buxton singled, then advanced to 3rd on a stolen base and throwing error while Brian Dozier struck out. LHP Dan Jennings was brought in to face Max Kepler, who singled up the middle to score the first run of the game. Kepler entering this game was hitting .324 (12-37) against southpaws.
Jake Odorizzi pitched a pretty good game, only allowing 1 run on a Jesús Aguilar HR in the 6th. His final line was: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 10 K. The 10 strikeouts is a season high for Odorizzi. He did a good job of working the strike zone, picking up many strikeouts on high fastballs. Much like his last start, though, the run support was lacking, so he would take a no-decision today.
The Twins hitters were held in check by the very good Milwaukee bullpen until the 8th inning. After loading the bases on 3 walks (1 intentional), Logan Morrison drove a ball off of the wall in right-center to score 2 runs, setting up the Fernando Rodney Experience.
This time, the FRE was exceptional, as he struck out the side in order to end the game. In fact, the entire bullpen was great, as they went 3.1 IP, 2 H, 7 K.
The win snaps a 3-game losing skid for the Twins, as they improve to 19-23, the Brewers fall to 28-19.
Logan Morrison: 1-3, BB, 2 RBI
Max Kepler: 1-2, 2 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI
Byron Buxton: 1-3, R, SB
Jake Odorizzi: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 10 K
NO DUDS TWINS WIN!
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