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Twins 7, Cardinals 1: Four innings of perfect pitching from the bullpen

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Get out your brooms, the Twins just swept the series!

MLB: Minnesota Twins at St. Louis Cardinals Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The Twins swept a series for the first time this year. Sure, it was only a two-game affair, but it still feels good. This makes a five game winning streak, the longest of the season, and advances the Twins’ record to 15-17.

One of the starting pitchers today came into the game leading his league in ERA. It wasn’t Jake Odorizzi. Despite this, Odorizzi looked pretty damn good today. The only run he gave up was on a solo dong by Jose Martinez on a high fastball in the first inning. Odorizzi earned the win today by only giving up two hits and two walks in five innings. Ryan Pressly, Taylor Rogers, and Phil Hughes followed it up by doing something you would not expect from that combination of pitchers -- four perfect innings. But you probably figured that out from the title.

Carlos Martinez, pitching for the Cardinals, was actually a lot more effective than the score would suggest. He only gave up two earned runs in five innings of work, despite leaving the game down four to nothing. The Cards defense was pretty rough today, with three fielding errors leading to those two unearned runs by the Twins.

After Odorizzi gave up the home run in the bottom of the first, Ehire Adrianza answered with a big sacrifice fly to push Eddie Rosario across the plate in the next inning. The Twins took the lead in the top of the fourth when Marcell Ozuna commited a serious FARTSLAM on a Mitch Garver single, allowing Rosario to score for the second time. Robbie Grossman gave Odorizzi some more breathing room in the fifth, with a double that scored Brian Dozier and Eddie Rosario. In the sixth, confusing lead-off man Logan Morrison singled in Adrianza, and the cap on the scoring came in the seventh. Eduardo Escobar hit his seventh home run of the year, a massive dong that landed somewhere in Illinois (or at least it felt like it went that far.) Thank you, Escobar.

I still don’t know why Paul Molitor thought he should put a “slugger” with a .183 batting average in the lead off spot. Any ideas, put ‘em in the comments, because I’m stumped.

STUDS:

Eduardo Escobar: 2-for-5, 2 run HR

Robbie Grossman: 1-for-3, double, 2 RBI, 2 walks

Eddie Rosario: 2-for-5, 3 runs scored.

Twins Bullpen: 4 IP, 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 walks, 4 K’s.

Cardinals Defense: 3 fielding errors, led to 2 unearned Twin runs.

DUDS:

NO DUDS! Twins Win!

ROBOT ROLE CALL

COTG:

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Joel didn’t even bother to show up today, so he can’t complain about this. Congrats SooFoo.