Here’s a hypothetical for you. Trevor Bauer gives up three earned runs and strikes out eleven Twins. Lance Lynn only goes six innings and walks five Cleveland hitters. Who wins?
Well, today, somehow, it was the Twins. Lance Lynn turned in his third consecutive solid start for Minnesota, surrendering just one run on two hits and striking out five to match his base-on-balls total.
While Cleveland scored first after the Twins fell prey to the classic 1st-and-3rd double steal, Minnesota quickly stormed back with an RBI triple from Brian Dozier and a two-run homer off the bat of Eddie Rosario in the third.
The score held at 3-1 until the sixth. The top half of the inning started with a bang, as Max Kepler made a stellar leaping catch in right to rob Greg Allen of extra bases.
The home half continued in explosive fashion, when RBI singles from Kepler and Ryan LaMarre combined with an RBI Dozier double, and mixed with a Jason Kipnis error and Roberto Perez passed ball to create a four-run frame.
From then on, it was easy riding for the Twins. Trevor Hildenberger, Ryan Pressly, and Tyler Duffey each threw a shutout inning, though Pressly and Duffey each gave up a pair of hits. The ballgame ended on another super running catch — this time by LaMarre, sprinting towards the bullpens in left-center to end the game.
The win brings the Twins’ record to 24-30, and now they have a chance to win the series tomorrow afternoon — a big improvement based on how things went towards the end of May.
2B Brian Dozier (2-for-4, R, 2 RBI, 2B, 3B)
LF Eddie Rosario (1-for-2, R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, HR)
RF Max Kepler (1-for-4, R, RBI)
NO DUDS! TWINS WIN! TWINS WIN!
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