The Twins started this game like they started their past 4, by scoring in the first inning. Joe Mauer led off the game with a double, and Eduardo Escobar drove him in with a double of his own.
In his last 3 starts, Jake Odorizzi has not been good: 14 IP, 20 H, 14 R, 13 ER. That trend continued today, unfortunately. In the 2nd, Lonnie Chisenhall hit a fly to left that Eddie Rosario couldn’t cut off, leading to a triple (that should have been a single). He would be brought in to score by Tyler Naquin on a line drive to center to tie the game.
In the 3rd, the trouble continued as Michael Brantley lined a double to right field, then Edwin Encarnacion and Lonnie Chisenhall drew walks to load the bases. Yan Gomes capped the inning off with a 3-run double to center, breaking the game open at 4-1 Indians. The best I can say about his start is that Odorizzi managed to complete 5 innings today, which didn’t seem likely after his struggles in the 3rd.
The Twins offense had opportunities to score in this game. In the 2nd, Mitch Garver was thrown out attempting to score after Ehire Adrianza got into a rundown. In the 3rd, a 2-out double by Escobar followed by a walk led to no runs. In the 5th, a 2nd & 3rd, 1 out situation yielded 0 runs. In the 6th, back to back singles were followed by 3 strikeouts in a row to end that threat. Overall, Twins batters were 1-10 with runners in scoring position, as they could not solve Shane Bieber.
Still, the Twins will leave Cleveland having won the series. They’ll be tested yet again in Boston.
Eduardo Escobar hit 3 doubles today, which brings him to a whopping 30 on the year. He came into the game leading the league in doubles.
The bullpen: 3 IP, 6 K, 1 H, 0 R
Eduardo Escobar: 3-4, 3 2B, RBI
Robbie Grossman: 2-3
Brian Dozier: 0-4, 2 K, 5 LOB
Jake Odorizzi (L, 3-4, 4.38) : 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 5 K
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